Frequently Asked Questions
I’m interested, how do I find out more information about your Franchise Opportunities?
Please complete the online enquiry form and we will contact you shortly.
How do I apply?
Please complete the online application form and Footlights will contact you. If we both feel that there is potential for a professional relationship, we will arrange an informal meeting to discuss things further. There is no obligation at this stage.
How much does a franchise cost?
The costs vary depending on location and whether you are buying a new school or taking over an existing school. Once you enquire via the online enquiry form, you will be sent a complete package which outlines costs and expected profits of up £15,000* pa.
* £15,000 gross profit on a school with 45 children
Are there any age restrictions?
Applicants must be over 18.
Is there any training provided?
We provide compulsory initial Franchise Training at Footlights Head Office (MediaCityUK), along with the opportunity to meet and shadow other Franchisees, and refresher training courses on areas such as Sales & Marketing, new rules in Education, Health & Safety, Child Protection policies etc at least once a year.
What support will I get?
Footlights will provide comprehensive advice and help to ensure that you have all the tools you need to run a successful franchise. We will assist you in selection of the most suitable venue; recruiting the best teachers; publicizing your school and events; administration through the provision of our System Procedures; and a full A-Z Manual on running your school. We are also able to offer advice on safeguarding, creative issues, marketing and printed material, contracts etc. We support you in every aspect of running and controlling your business.
Can I open a Footlights’ franchise if I have no performing arts background?
Whilst applicants with experience within the performing arts or teaching profession are welcome, we do not see this as essential. The teaching staff are there to fulfill this role, it is more important that the Franchisee has enthusiasm, motivation and a passion for building confidence and skills in young people, as well as business sense.
I don't have any business experience - is this a problem?
Our systems are simple and easy to manage. There is paperwork, but our System Procedures allow you to manage your business easily so that you can concentrate on the enjoyment of running your school, and the artistic and educational progress of your students.
Is there additional training if I need it?
We provide refresher training on a regular basis as well as networking sessions for Franchisees to discuss new ideas and any issues they are facing. In addition, the Footlights Head Office team is always on hand to offer support and advice.
Can I open a Footlights Theatre School in my town?
If there is an available Franchise Territory, or an existing Footlights school for sale in your town, then yes.
How do I find out which areas are available?
After you have enquired online, you will be sent a full information pack that includes this information.
Do you have existing schools for sale?
From time to time, existing schools become available. These will be included in the information pack if appropriate.
Why do people sell their schools?
Although there may be many different reasons for this, usually people sell their schools to retire or relocate.
Can my partner or friend help out at the school with me?
Yes, anyone can act as your helper as long as they are registered with DBS checked and over 18.
Do I have to be present for every school class?
Yes, as the Director of the school, you must make a commitment to be present for every Footlights session unless prevented by illness or unforeseen circumstances.
Can I teach at the school I franchise?
We recommend that Footlights Directors do not teach, even if a teacher is off sick. This helps them to oversee the running of the school, maintain standards and be available should any issues arise.
Do the schools run during the holidays?
All schools take place during term time, with a break for Easter, Summer and Christmas. There is usually a break during the half term holidays too. Footlights does however have a very successful Holiday School model which may be adopted by Franchisees.
Why should I franchise with Footlights?
A Footlights Theatre School franchise offers you the opportunity to run part-time performing arts schools at weekends during the academic year, training children in Drama, Dance and Singing. Most franchisees start with a single school and open further schools once the first has filled. A full school encompasses 90 pupils in one 3.5 hour session, broken down as 60 main school pupils across three classes and 30 Tiny’s across two classes. For the right person, it is a chance to combine an ambition to have a performing arts school of your own with a significant part-time income. Some franchisees make it a full-time career, extending the classes to evenings during the week. A Footlights Theatre School franchise combines job satisfaction with the capacity to invest for the future. When you franchise with Footlights you are buying into a tried and tested system. The viability of the business is evident and you gain the benefit of our experience and knowledge with none of the stress and administrative headaches associated with setting up a business from scratch. You will receive comprehensive training and ongoing support to help you overcome any problems you may encounter, and benefit from our advertising, marketing, research and development and enhanced purchasing power.
For further information or to enquire, complete the enquiry form.