A Drama School for Everyone

The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy prides itself as being a wide community-based drama school in North Leicestershire. With its unique curriculum, the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy aims to develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills across the 5 to 17 years age range.
The success of this organisation, which has over 290 students, comes from the strong belief in nurturing the innate talents of all its students, using experienced, fully qualified and vetted teachers. All the Academy’s teachers undergo extensive training in the Helen O’Grady curriculum and teaching methods to ensure each student is encouraged in a warm, positive learning environment. Students can progress through the Academy from 5 through to 18 without ever repeating a lesson.
The drama programme caters for three age-groups:
Lower Primary Classes (5-8 years)Highly active lessons, using a wide range of creative activities such as speech, dance drama, movement, improvisation, snippets and scene starters, develop children’s skills to be participants in all aspects of their lives. Through this, students are encouraged to ask questions, seek answers and share information with others. Dress up days, along with the use of props and make up, add an extra dimension and excitement to these fast-paced, exhilarating classes.
Upper Primary Classes (9-11 years)Students are given many opportunities to act out a great variety of situations in a fun-filled atmosphere. They are encouraged to quickly learn how to accept new challenges and explore new directions. All these aspects enrich the lives of students and contribute to their personal growth as they learn to take on and enact convincing characters, sustain believable plots and express themselves appropriately and confidently.
Youth Theatre (12- 17 years) The Youth Theatre covers a dynamic and comprehensive theatre-arts programme. It attracts a wide range of young people, from those seeking to increase their confidence and speaking ability, to those hoping to pursue acting as a career.
All students attend a one-hour lesson, each week of the school year.  In the summer term all the students begin rehearsing a scripted play, devised for their particular age-group, which is performed to a public audience. This is the highlight of the Academy’s year and reflects the talents and the skills of the students and their teachers.
The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy currently operates a studio at the Syston Methodist Church Hall on Thursdays from 5.00 to 6.00pm. This is a composite class, which is a mix of 5 to 11 year olds.
To find out about this unique programme, contact Beth Daniel (Principal) on 01664 569 738 e-mail: [email protected], Web: www.helenogrady.co.uk.