Inspiring and enriching through Drama and Theatre Arts.
The North Oxfordshire School of Drama provides excellent youth training in acting and performance. We have branches in Steeple Aston, Bicester and Bodicote. We create a safe, nurturing and above all fun environment for children to build skills, not just for theatre but for life.
Our programme of study is built on sound educational values. This is reflected by our Principal, Jenny Stewart, who not only has 15 years of professional industry experience but is also a fully qualified teacher of Drama. In our sessions we aim to give our pupils a solid grounding in stage craft and acting skills. As they move through the stages they build on this foundation to become rounded performers who are confident with theatre and drama terms and how to put them into practice. NOSD is not a franchise and as such your child will have direct contact with the founder of school. In this way we ensure that our programme of work is of a consistently high level.
I am a passionate believer in Drama as a tool to build creativity and confidence in young people. The shared experience of creating and performing allows children to build valuable skills for life. In an educational enviroment where emphasis is increasingly focussed on academic achievments children need opportunities to build the soft skills that will help them in their futures as adults.
I have over 15 years experience working as an actor, teacher and workshop leader in the performing arts industry and I am delighted to be able to share this with the young people who attend NOSD.
Along with my work at NOSD I continue to work in the industry as an audio-describer at theatres across the West End. I am also a trainer with The Speaker's Trust, a renound charity that trains thousands of young people in public speaking each year culminating with The Speak Out Challenge.
This experience feeds into everything NOSD does keeping us up to date with what is happening in the industry and informing our work.
In addition to this I am a fully qualified Secondary School Drama Teacher and a LAMDA instructor.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Drama, University of Surrey. PGDip in Acting, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, PGCert Manchester Metropolitan University. LAMDA registered teacher.
For the last ten years Fran has made theatre in the guise of a Drama teacher and is now working as a freelance teacher and theatre maker. She believes in a collaborative approach to creating drama that empowers and gives a voice to young people making performances, and nurtures them to find their feet as independent minded actors and directors no matter how old they are!
After training with the National Youth Theatre, Fran directed and performed in numerous plays in Edinburgh and York. After developing a project with refugees on the Burmese border, she won an Arts and Humanities Research Board award to do a Masters at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has lectured on the use of Applied Theatre in War and Conflict situations at Central. Fran has also taught LAMDA to children of all age groups and enjoys nurturing individual performances. Fran is a story magpie and is on a mission to bring untold odysseys to the world through theatre and puppetry, she loves all kinds of drama and her favourite play is Hamlet.
Spring Term Dates 2019.
Eynsham. Monday 14th January - Monday 1st April. Closed Monday 18th Feb for Half Term.
Steeple Aston. Wednesday 9th January - Wednesday 27th March. Closed Wednesday 20th Feb for Half Term.
Bicester. Thursday 10th January - Thursday 28th March. Closed Thursday 21st Feb for Half Term.
Each hour long class costs £6.50. Fees are paid on a termly basis with fees payable in full at the start of each term.If your child wishes to experience a session before you commit to the whole term we offer a FREE taster session. Got a question? Use the contact page on the website to get in touch.
All fees are payable at the start of each term. Six week's term time notice is required should your child leave the school or the equivalent in fees.
3.15 pm - 4.15 pm Stage One Ages 5-7 Years 1 - 3
4.20 pm - 5.20 pm Stage Two Ages 8-11 Years 4 - 6
5.45 pm - 6.45 pm Stage Three Ages 11–16 Years 7 - 11
Steeple Aston Village Hall,
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm Stage Two Ages 8-11 Years 4 - 6
5.30 pm - 6.30 pm Stage Three Ages 11–16 Years 7 - 11
St Edburgh's C of E Primary School,
3.30 pm - 4.30 pm Stage One. Ages 5 - 7 Years 1-3
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm Stage Two. Ages 8 - 11 Years 4-7
5.30 pm - 6.30 pm Stage Three. Ages 12-16 Years 7 - 11
Baptist Church Hall
Here at The North Oxfordshire School of Drama we take our commitment to building a child’s confidence seriously. Drama is a collaborative and exposing process where participants need to feel safe and secure. We work hard to create an environment that is nurturing and respectful to all members of our school. Bad behaviour on any level is not tolerated and we reserve the right to dismiss a pupil from the school if we feel that they are behaving in a disruptive or disrespectful manner to either a member of staff or to another pupil.
Sanctions for disruptive behaviour are as follows.
In the first instance the teacher will speak to the child concerned and encourage them to improve their behaviour.
If there is no improvement the teacher will talk to the parents/carers seeking their support.
If there is still no change the parents/carers will received notification in writing that the child is to be dismissed from the school.
In the final instance no refund of fees will be paid.
Your child’s safety and security while in our care is of paramount importance to us. All of the staff at the North Oxfordshire School of Drama are fully CRB checked. In addition Principal Jenny Stewart has passed all current Child Protection training with the NSPCC.
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