TP Academy (3-16 yrs)

New Academic year 2023 – 2024

Inspiring Creativity and Ambition

Winners of the Music & Drama Education Awards for EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE 2024

The award winning Theatre Peckham provides the best in performing arts training, striving to cultivate and instil in children a passion for the performing arts through self-exploration, teamwork, creativity, and play, providing a talent pipeline into the creative industries.

Our timetable of classes for ages 3 – 16 encompasses Musical Theatre, Ballet, Acro, Young Music Producers, Acting, Glee Club Pop, Junior Acting Company, Tap dance, Backstage Academy, Street Dance, SteelPan Project and Young & Talented Theatre Creators.

Theatre Peckham is a charity. We are here for our community and are passionate about making a real difference. We lead based on our A.C.C.E.S.S principles –

Achieve ~ ChampionChallenge ~ Engage ~ Social ~ Success 

Many children experience their first engagement with the arts with us at Theatre Peckham. Our commitment to long-term activities means that children can participate in classes all the way through to the age of 25 in our Young Peckham Programme.

Theatre Peckham welcomes children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to participate in creative classes and activities. Our staff and tutors are trained to work with young people with special needs to assist them in achieving the best learning outcome.

If your child has additional learning and/or physical needs, please get in touch with membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk to let us know how best to support your child’s time at Theatre Peckham.

Learning and theatre-making have an equal priority in everything we do. Every member has the opportunity to perform live on our stage. Casts of young people are brought together to perform alongside seasoned professionals in our annual Christmas productions that draw family audiences, schools and theatregoers who travel from afar to experience the authentic joy that resonates from our stage.  

Theatre Peckham is proud to have been awarded the Music and Drama Education Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. The award recognises our commitment to artistic excellence, social change and the empowerment of young creatives that we offer through our Academy training.

Read more about the award here:

Theatre Peckham receives award - Voice Online (voice-online.co.uk)

Our Academy members are at the very heart of Theatre Peckham. Do you want to have exclusive access to...
  • Academy classes
  • Be part of professional productions
  • Casting announcements
  • Specialist free workshops
  • Training opportunities
  • Access to external free tickets
  • Priority and early bird booking
  • Exclusive insights into our projects and joining a prestigious theatre?
  • Parents will receive a FREE ticket to any production that will take place between September 2023 to August 2024. (*NEW FEATURE)
For more information, contact membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk. Get involved.
Our Membership costs £25 / academic year* (£2.08 a month). Plus, you help support the vital charitable work we are doing in our community – thank you!

*Please note: our Academic year is from September to July.

This year’s theme is WILDLIFE.

We want to celebrate our planet and share with our students the extraordinary beauty of Planet Earth. Wildlife occupies an important place in maintaining the balance of our ecosystems. World Wildlife Day will take place on Sunday 3rd March 2024. Our students will explore themes such as the many species on our planet and the wide variety of flora and fauna from across the world. The end-of-year showcases in July 2024 will be a celebration of the diversity of life on our planet and hopefully will also draw attention to the plight of wildlife.

Everyone is unique, we strive to promote a programme of excellence that will enrich the lives of our children and young people. The skills children will learn at the Academy are not only to be used in the classroom. We allow children and young people to grow and develop into amazing adults that will contribute positively to our communities and society. We allow them to learn at their own pace and to apply the same learning in any aspect of their lives.

Theatre Peckham:

  • facilitates growth in children and young people.
  • motivates their progression.
  • provides tools and opportunities.
  • addresses the societal imbalance.

Our students have the opportunity to opt-in for our very own Theatre Peckham Internal Exams. If they choose to do so, the young person will receive a mark, personalised feedback, and a certificate based on their overall performance at the end of the year. They will be assessed against 4 criteria:

1) Progress, 2) Research, 3) Technique and 4) Creativity.

If interested, please contact our Academy Coordinator, Saffron Dey membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk.

Theatre Peckham is part of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award under the Gold scheme. Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve. Each year young people select their peers to be nominated for the award because of their dedication and exceptional work done within the group.

Do you enjoy the arts, like to be creative and have a strong passion for taking leadership?

Theatre Peckham is proudly an arts award Centre. The arts award qualification is designed to inspire young people up to the age of 25 to grow their art skills and leadership talents. We offer support to young people so they can complete their discover award all the way to achieving their gold (which accumulates UCAS points). You can be the creator or performer of your own work or develop your skills in essential roles like marketing or stage management.

Find out more here.

Young & Talented Theatre Creators will explore the Windrush era. On 22nd June every year, the UK celebrates Windrush Day to honour the British Caribbean community. Today, the Windrush Generation and their descendants are honoured for their immense contributions to British society. The arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush is considered a major landmark not only for the country's recovery from the turmoil of war but also for the establishment of a modern British multicultural society. Our students will create their own take on the Windrush and present it on stage on Saturday 22nd June 2024, as part of their final end-of-year performance.

If you have any questions about the Theatre Peckham Academy please contact
Saffron Dey membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk
or register your interest here.

OUR 2023/24 ACADEMY TIMETABLE

MONDAY: THEATRICAL PERFORMERS

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmBallet Beginners (3-5)Musical Theatre (3-5)
5pm – 6pmAcro (6 – 9)Musical Theatre (6-8)
6pm – 7pmBallet Advanced (8-16)Musical Theatre (9-11)

TUESDAY: EXPRESS YOURSELF

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmMusical Theatre (3-5)
5pm – 6pmMusical Theatre (6-8)
5pm – 7pmYoung Music Producers (12-16)
6pm – 7pmActing (9-11)

WEDNESDAY: BALLET & GLEE ACADEMY

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmBallet Beginners (5-8)Glee Club Pop (8-11)
5pm – 6pmBallet Beginners (9-12)Glee Club Pop (12-16)
6pm – 7pmBallet Intermediate (8-16)

THURSDAY: ARTISTIC SKILLS

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmTap Beginners (3-5)
4.30pm – 6.30pmBackstage Academy (12-16)
5pm – 6pmTap Beginners (6-10)
6pm – 7pmTap Intermediate/Advanced (11-16)

FRIDAY: MOVERS

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pm Street Dance (8-11)Acting (5-7)
5pm – 6pm Street Dance (5-7)Acting (8-11)
6pm – 7pmAcro (10-16)Junior Acting Company (12-16)

SATURDAY: TRIPLE TALENT

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2THEATRE/
MEETING ROOM
9am – 10amBallet Beginners (3-5)
10am – 1pmY&T Theatre Creators Mini’s
(6-8)  
Y&T Theatre Creators Midi’s
(9-11)
Y&T Theatre Creators Teens (12-16)
1pm – 2pmSteelPan Project Beginners (6-12)
2pm – 3pmSteelPan Project Intermediate (6-12)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

These are the fees per term (each academic year is comprised of 3 terms). Payment will be made at the start of each term. Parents will complete 3 payments per year.

  • 1 hour class £80 / term
  • 2 hours class £120 / term
  • 3 hours class (Y&T Theatre Creators) £160 / term
  • Membership fee £25 / academic year
  • Taster session fee £10 / class

All fees are non-refundable once booked.

Red TP T-shirts –  £15 (Free with membership)*

*One free t-shirt per child/year*. If you want to purchase another t-shirt once you’ve received one for the year, this will be at the price of £15/t-shirt.

BALLET

  •  Ballet Shoes, Black Leather, full suede sole (Essential) – £12
    • 6(s) – 12(L)
  • Black Cotton Lycra Chas Unitard (Essential) – £18
    • 00 (4-5Yrs) – 3A (12-13Yrs old)
  • Red Nylon Lycra Circular Skirt (Not Essential) – £15
    • Small - Medium Adult
  • Red Crossover Cardigan (Not essential) – £15
    • Sizes: 16, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 32, 34

TAP

  • Black PV Low Heel Tap Shoe – £25
    • 7(s) – 9(L)

Yes, those who are in receipt of benefits (we accept the following: housing benefits, job seekers allowance, disability benefits and universal credit) can apply for fee support. Please complete the form here. The proof can be a letter from the council, a bill, a letter from the school, etc. The proof must clearly have the name of the parent on it as well as the date must be visible. This must be no earlier than 6 months.

In order to receive the fee support, you must submit your request by no later than:
  • Registration for Term 1: 27th August 2023.
  • Registration for Term 2: 10th December 2023.
Applications received after these dates might not be considered. Please contact membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk for more information.

TERM 1 (SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER)

  • Start: Week commencing Monday 18th September 2023
  • Half-term (no session): Week commencing Monday 23rd October 2023
  • Re-start: Week commencing Monday 30th October 2023
  • End (last session): Week commencing Monday 27th November 2023

TERM 2 (JANUARY – MARCH)

  • Start: Week commencing Monday 15th January 2024
  • Half-term (no session): Week commencing Monday 12th February 2024
  • Re-start: Week commencing Monday 19th February 2024
  • End (last session): Week commencing Monday 25th March 2024

TERM 3 (APRIL – JULY)

  • Start: Week commencing Monday 22nd April 2024
  • Half-term (no session): Week commencing Monday 27th May 2024
  • Re-start: Week commencing Monday 3rd June 2024
  • End (last session): Week commencing Monday 1st July 2024

Note for Term 3: Monday 6th May 2024 Spring Bank Holiday, no classes are taking place on this date.

Young and Talented Theatre Creators end-of-year showcase on Saturday 22nd June 2024.

Term 3 dates might vary based on the rehearsal schedule. Parents will be informed in advance.

End of year showcase week: Monday 1st July to Saturday 6th July 2024. The last week of Term 3 will be different regarding the way in which the classes will run. Letters, emails and/or texts will be sent to all parents in advance with all the information needed.

Each term at the Academy is made up of 10 weeks/sessions (excluding the half-term dates). Students will attend in total 30 weeks/sessions per academic year.

Term 1: Building unity in the group / Christmas sharing

The first term is generally devoted to building unity in the group. Students will start to explore the theme of the year, and they will decide on the production that they would like to work on in Term 2. At the end of Term 1, students will prepare a short sharing that will be presented to parents in the last session of Term 1 (Week commencing Monday 27th November 2023).

Term 2: Creating original work

The second term focuses on the creation of new works. Students will finalise their ideas for their end-of-year showcase at the end of Term 2. There is no sharing for parents at the end of Term 2.

Term 3: End of year show

Students will start rehearsing and performing their pieces for the end-of-year show in the third term.

PARENTS' INFORMATION: It is compulsory for parents to read our Terms and Conditions and Uniform Guidelines.

Bookings for Theatre Peckham Academy Term 2 open 11th December. Please complete form to register your interest.

To register your child with the Academy, parents must follow these steps:

1. Become a member or renew your yearly membership of Theatre Peckham by filling out the registration form and paying the membership fee of only £25 per academic year per child on our platform Class4Kids.

2. If you have more than 1 child, you must complete one Class4Kids registration form for each child. If parents fail to do so, they will be unable to book the Academy classes.

3. Once you have completed the online Membership form and paid the £25 fee, you can book your class for your child onto the Academy.

4. If a child signs up for a class they will stay in that class/age group until the end of the academic year (similar to the school). They are not allowed to move up classes between terms (unless instructed by an Academy staff member).

Notice: if Theatre Peckham is required to close due to government advice (such as lockdowns), we will try to continue to deliver the sessions on Zoom; the schedule will be the same.

TIPS FOR ATTENDING ACADEMY CLASSES

  • All students should arrive 10-15 minutes before classes begin. This is to ensure they allow themselves an appropriate amount of time to get ready and warm up. Students who don’t engage in the warm-up risk themselves getting injured.
  • All students who arrive 10 minutes late (or more) from the start of the class may not be allowed to join in. They may instead be asked to watch the class at the tutor’s discretion or be told to wait in the foyer until they are collected by a parent/guardian.
  • All students are expected to commit to and regularly attend their classes and any related rehearsals/events. If your child does not attend their class for three consecutive weeks without notification, they will lose their place in the Academy.

  • All students, whilst training in the academy, are required to wear the uniform and footwear necessary for their chosen class (please read the uniform guidelines to see what is needed). A uniform is required for all classes, rehearsals, open days or other performances/events. This is to ensure that they are always wearing appropriate clothing for their activities and to ensure that they are comfortable and safe.
  • We advise that members do not wear jewellery for safety reasons. For all classes: we recommend for students with long hair to have it tied back. Especially for the Ballet and Acro classes they must wear their hair tied back to ensure safety and ballet standards.
  • If the students attend classes without the correct uniform, they may not be permitted to participate. If students continually attend without the correct uniform, this may be considered a disciplinary matter.
  • Available to purchase at Theatre Peckham: Ballet shoes, tap shoes, black unitards, red skirts and red cardigans.

Expert Advice for parents on how Theatre Peckham can help their child/ren be more confident and sociable.  

At TP we understand the importance of the development of children. Below we gathered useful information on how our activities will support your child’s learning and growth.  

Self-Esteem Development  

As children grow, self-esteem can grow too. Any time children try things, do things, and learn things that can be a chance for self-esteem to grow. Students participating in our classes will benefit by: 

  • Making progress toward a goal by participating in our yearly curriculum.  
  • Making new friends by socialising during our activities.  
  • Learning new skills, such as teamwork, spatial awareness, artistic skills.  
  • Learning how to be inclusive and accepting of others. 
  • Feeling understood and accepted.  

 At TP we offer to: 

Support students to find their passion by exploring their own interests. As we celebrate their effort by providing internal exams, the chance to perform on our stage, casting opportunities, routes into the industry, and certification of participation at the end of the academic year.  

How out-of-school activities such as TP Academy impact positively the lives of children and young people by:  

  • Enhancing cardiometabolic health
  • Enhancing mental well-being including, positive self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and stress
  • Improving concentration and attention 
  • Improving confidence and peer acceptance

 Sources from:Nemours Kids Health organisation. Medically reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD, Date reviewed: July 2018 and London public Health England (United Kingdom Government) in March 2022.