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Weekend School

Watford Grammar School for Girls
Lady's Close
Watford
WD18 0AE

Term Times

Summer Term: 27th April to 6th July 2019

Summer School: Monday 29th of July to Friday 2nd of August 2019

For more information please call 01923 605456 or email katie@jigsaw-arts.co.uk

Fees

3-6 Years

£150 per term (£37.50 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

An advance payment of £30 is required to secure each students place and provides students with a two week trial period.
Sibling Discounts
Should more than one child from a family attend, the second child can attend for a discounted fee of £115 per term. Subsequent children all pay £75 per term.

7-18 Years

£280 per term (£70.00 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

An advance payment of £60 is required to secure each students place and provides students with a two week trial period.
Sibling Discounts
Should more than one child from a family attend, the second child can attend for a discounted fee of £210 per term. Subsequent children all pay £140 per term.
Class Times

Saturday mornings at Watford Grammar School for Girls:

3 - 4 year olds:

9:30am - 11:00am, 10:30am - 12pm or 11:30am - 1pm

5 - 6 year olds:

9:30am - 11:00am, 10:30am - 12pm or 11:30am - 1pm

7 - 8 year olds, 9 - 11 year olds, 12 - 18 year olds:

10:00am - 1pm

Directions

Watford Girls is a short walk from Watford Town Centre which is well served by buses.

Watford High Street train station is also a short walk from the school. 

Road directions to here from

(e.g., "oxford st W1" or "SW12 8JZ")

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These children attend a 90-minute session divided into three sections of dance, drama and singing. There is a short break in the session. All teachers are specially trained by Jigsaw Arts to work with these age groups. The sessions are designed to develop the children’s confidence, focus and social skills from an early age, giving them a head start in life. It also provides a great introduction to performing arts for students wishing to take part in our more advanced course from 7 years upwards. To ensure each child gets personal attention there is a maximum of 16 students per class.

Drama: Children are introduced to basic stagecraft – through drama, stories, plays and poetry. This encourages self-expression and stimulates the imagination, while developing focus. 

Dance: Our dance activities are designed to improve children’s posture, co-ordination and spatial awareness. Through fun and funky routines, children develop a basic dance vocabulary. 

Singing: An introduction to basic vocal exercises and rhythm is provided to children, through their enjoyment of singing along to a selection of musical theatre and pop tunes. 

 

Students attend a three-hour session comprising an hour of drama, an hour of singing and an hour of dance, each with a specialist coach. Jigsaw Arts provides training in all three disciplines in order to create a well-rounded performer. To establish an environment that builds confidence, regardless of individual ability, students are divided into appropriate age bands. All students will be challenged to their full potential. The three age groups rotate between the three disciplines.

There is a maximum of 18 students per class.

Drama: Students are given a practical understanding of stagecraft, as well as developing improvisation, voice and acting techniques. In addition, they will be encouraged to find the truth in their acting, enabling them to deliver more believable performances. Working in teams to develop social skills, via scripts and poetry, also improves confidence. 

Dance: Students learn a jazz dance technique – the basis for all popular dance. Our aim is to improve each student’s core stability, flexibility, co-ordination, posture and dance vocabulary. Jazz, street dance and musical theatre all feature in the variety of styles which students will perform. 

Singing: Vocal training is utilised to develop each individual’s voice to its fullest potential. Students work on breathing, rhythm, projection, pitch and musical interpretation, to improve confidence and range. A wide variety of musical genres are enjoyed, including modern, pop and musical theatre. 

Managers

Each school has its own manager who is a key member of the Jigsaw Arts team. The manager coordinates teachers, students and parents to ensure we have a safe, professional and smooth-running school.

Jigsaw Arts managers have a teaching and/or a performing background. In addition to their individual experience, all managers are trained by Jigsaw Arts director Nicola Lander to provide each school with a first-class consistent service. In larger schools an assistant is also provided.

Teachers

The students are coached by fully trained tutors who are well organised, energetic and passionate about teaching. 

Jigsaw Arts takes every care when selecting new teachers for its schools. They all have experience in teaching or a formal qualification, with many still working professionally in the performing arts industry. All teachers have a CRB check and attend Jigsaw Arts teacher training sessions to provide consistent tutoring across our schools. 

All schools are regularly inspected by Jigsaw Performing Arts management, to ensure that the quality of teaching is consistent. 

Discipline policy

Jigsaw Arts requires all students to behave in a disciplined and professional manner. Students are expected to be punctual and committed to the course to achieve their full potential. 

Students who have the desire to succeed in the performing arts industry need to learn the importance of self-discipline and hard work. Jigsaw Arts will remove from classes any student whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate, disrespectful or disruptive to other students and teachers.


Katie

Manager

Katie trained at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Acting and went on to train at The Liverpool Theatre School in Musical Theatre where she graduated as Head Girl in 2011.  

Following this she toured in one musical and two plays in Germany before moving to London where she has been involved in several theatre projects.

Katie runs the 'Jigsaw Arts Management' agency for children and young performers. Katie is enjoying every minute of bringing Jigsaw to Watford!

 


Nicola

Dance Teacher

Nicola graduated from Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in 2012, then went on to the further her education and training at The American Musical theatre Academy of London, graduating in 2014 with a distinction in both Acting and Dance. 

 

Since then she has been teaching and working as a Dancer and a Choreographer. Credits includes Dreamcatcher Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Channel 4 Lookalikes and Channel 5 Lip Sync Battle UK. 

 

 Nicola has been teaching from the very start of her career and has covered various age groups and styles. Teaching children is Nicola’s most fulfilling job and she cannot wait to start teaching for Jigsaw this term!


Natalie

Performing Arts Teacher

Natalie trained in musical theatre at "The American Musical Theatre Academy" in London.

Her most recent credits include an Italian tour of "West Side Story" and Greenwich Theatres "Jack and The Beanstalk".

Natalie taught Ballet to young children in Mexico for three months using innovative and engaging exercises that spark creativity and encourage imagination. She is very much enjoying being a part of Jigsaw!


Julie

Performing Arts Teacher

Julie trained in Musical Theatre at Millennium Performing Arts. She's taken part in many Pantomimes, Fashion shows and also taken part in Workshops for 42nd Street, Top Hat, Thoroughly Modern Millie and High Society with leading choreographers.

She performed in "Cilla" the Musical at The Wimbledon Theatre and performed for NFL at Twickenham Stadium.

Julie has taught workshops, taken students through their exams, choreographed for annual shows and taught Ballet and Jazz to the ages of 3-18 before joining Jigsaw. She is enjoying being part of the Jigsaw family!


Saskia

Assistant

Saskia has been performing for as long as she can remember, and trained at Associated Studios in London, graduating from their Musical Theatre Intensive Diploma course in 2018. With many years of stage credits behind her, she has appeared in shows such as Spring Awakening, A Little Night Music and Cats. She loves teaching, and has lots of experience leading classes for children from 0-5 years. She is also an experienced children’s party entertainer. Saskia is looking forward to assisting with our 3-4's!


Carrie

Drama Teacher

Carrie has taught and directed many productions over the last 8 years and also teaches LAMDA Exams to children all over Hertfordshire and London.

She has directed various professional productions in London including 'Bouncers' at the Leicester Square Theatre.

As an actor Carrie played 'Twinkle' in the Number 1 UK Tour of 'Dinnerladies' by Victoria Wood, appeared alongside Sheridan Smith in the feature film 'Powder Room', appeared in Secret Cinema's 'Back to the Future', 'The Musketeers' at the Liverpool Echo Arena, 'Cirxus' at the Arcola Theatre and the Olivier nominated 'Alice's Adventures Underground' with Les Enfants Terribles.

Carrie is our fantastic main school Drama teacher!


Nadia

Singing Teacher

Nadia has been teaching for over five years with experience in vocal work within the classical. Musical theatre and pop vocal styles. 

As well as being passionate about working with young people and being involved with putting together many stage school musicals and shows, Nadia has worked within the music industry writing and producing her own music. 

Nadia released her debut EP titled 'I Am a Warrior' in 2016 with producer Julian Chown (Joules Productions), and went on to release a follow-up, ‘YOLO’, in 2018. She has gigged across London and the UK, at intimate venues and large festivals. Nadia has also appeared on TV and had increasing radio play, being featured on BBC1 and having numerous tracks featured on BBC Introducing.


Emily

Performing Arts Teacher

Emily trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated in 2015 with a First Class Honours Degree. 

 

As an actor, Emily has worked in both TV and theatre respectively; including filming for BBC’s ‘Doctors’, and appearing in the fourth series of ‘Endeavour’ for ITV. She also performed in Philip Ridley’s new play, ‘Karagula’, for Soho Theatre as well as appearing in Secret Cinema’s, ‘Dr Strangelove’. 

 

Emily has taught and worked with children of all ages for the past seven years, and loves being a part of the Jigsaw family!


Becky

Performing Arts Teacher

Becky has been taught Dance, Drama and Singing since 2015, a natural progression after attending performing arts training classes for 16 years. She is currently training at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  

Recent experience includes touring productions of "When Fear Knocked" and "The Tempest", and directing a school production of "We Will Rock You". She also was a part of the inclusive theatre company: "Hopshed" for three years, which included taking part in a production that raised over £1000 for the Stroke Association.  

Becky loves working with children of all ages, and is thrilled to be a part of the Jigsaw team. 


Certificates

Students are awarded certificates at the end of every year that they attend. We are rewarding commitment and effort rather than ability as we feel every student has personal objectives within the course. Students who reach 3 years or more are then awarded medals every year.

 

Reports

During our technique term, students concentrate on building and improving their skills, exploring many areas of the performing arts.  During this term, parents will be given a written report on their child’s progress. The school manager is also available for ongoing verbal feedback.

Jigsaw Arts run three terms per year. Twice a year family and friends will be invited to watch a presentation or show combining dance, drama and singing. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to put their performance skills into practice. 

Jigsaw Arts devises performances so that all students are included. Each student will be individually challenged as well as being encouraged to work as part of a team.

Jigsaw Jumpers

Performing arts for children aged 6 months to 3 years

Jigsaw Jumpers is a positive step in your child’s development. Children from 6 months to 3 years will be taught in two groups: pre-walkers and walkers. Through the medium of drama, singing and dance, your child will begin their expressive journey and the 45-minute class will be taught by fully qualified and experienced pre-school teachers. Our teachers understand the individual needs of each child, and are always on hand to offer advice, encouragement and support. All members of staff are DBS checked.

However, Jigsaw Jumpers is more than just a 45-minute performing arts class for your child: Jigsaw Jumpers helps develop the parent-child relationship. Parents attend each session as well and are equally involved, exploring imagination with their child. This shared learning and enjoyable experience helps develop a special bond between parent and child, and this in turn assists with the development of confidence and creativity very early on in life.

Jigsaw Arts promotes a disciplined approach to the performing arts and students are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate for movement and dance.

Jigsaw Arts has a supply of affordable clothing complete with the Jigsaw logo: alternatively black clothing must be worn. Jazz shoes are the most suitable form of footwear and can be ordered from Jigsaw Arts or any reputable dance shop.

All students (7-18 years) receive a free Jigsaw Arts folder for their scripts and song sheets. The students are encouraged to bring these every week.

Why not try a Jigsaw holiday workshop as an affordable solution to keeping your children busy? Jigsaw provide fun, exciting and educational performing arts workshops in the school holidays.

Jigsaw Performing Arts Holiday Workshop

Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd of August 2019

at Watford Grammar School for Girls, Lady's Close, Watford, WD18 0AE

 

3 to 5 years

9.30am to 11.30am

£75 for the week

£65 for siblings

 

5 to 16 years

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 3.30pm

(Registration from 8:30am to 9am & pick up from 3:30pm - 4pm)

£150 for the week

£130 for siblings