Do you live in or around Prestwich and does your child…

  • Love performing & dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or in film?
  • Want to learn how to act, sing and dance?
  • Want to meet & make friends with children who share their interests?

Does this sound like your child? Then Footlights Prestwich is the right place for them.

Where we are: We’re based at Prestwich Arts College, Prestwich, Manchester (Map here), with classes on Thursdays and Saturdays (See ‘Class Times’ below for specific timings).

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email or call our Prestwich team on 07956 423 895.


The Footlights Head Office is based at Media City in Manchester, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios.  We were established in 2005 by our founder Jo Fisher, a trained actor and teacher, and who continues to have a hands-on role across our stage schools. Read more about Footlights and our history here.

We have robust processes to keep your child safe; all of our staff have DBS status and a trained first aider is always on site at each of our venues. You can read and download our safeguarding policy here.

What to expect


During your child’s time at Footlights Prestwich, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer, by sharing their professional experiences, as well as facilitating and teaching performance techniques.

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and our aim is to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building their essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. In addition to core performing arts skills, they will,

    • Have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school
    • Be encouraged to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum
    • Be inspired when taking part in discussions
    • Be listened to when building skills in decision making
    • Always be working as part of a team

Their learning will give them the basics and arguably the most important components of the performing arts.

The younger the child is when they take up an activity or interest the better, as in the right environment and with the right teacher they underpin the foundation to their learning and will already have a head-start on their peers.

You will find the Footlights approach friendly and energetic. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and being an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority of our young students going onto performing arts colleges and drama schools.

We know you want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and at the same time keeps up with their important mainstream education. We understand this, so this is why our method to developing your child’s Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies. Plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (our recent successes include Game of Thrones and the CBBC series ‘KATY’).

Book a free trial today at Footlights Prestwich and see for yourself.

Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s

Class Times

5.30pm – 7pm
5 years – 6 years
5.30pm – 8pm
7 years – 18 years
9.30am – 11am
3 years – 4 years
9.45am – 1pm
7 years – 18 years
11.30am – 1pm
7 years – 18 years
1.30pm – 3pm
5 years – 6 years
1.45pm – 5pm
7 years – 18 years


Our 3 to 6 year old classes are taught acting, singing and dance in bite-size manageable chunks, all with the same teacher. From 7 years up, all classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors, each specialising in acting, singing and dance.

What are you waiting for?  Click here for a free trial


Each summer, all of our children take part in a performance. It’s a full-scale show where parents/carers, family and friends can come and watch their progress.

The Autumn/Winter and Spring term schedules focus much more on skills and technique with a shorter informal presentation at Christmas.

The teaching teams provide written feedback each Easter, so you can track your child’s progress. We also practice an open door policy for anytime that you wish to discuss your child’s progress. You can use  this form to contact us, or speak to us directly.

We hope you enjoyed reading all about us and look forward to greeting you and your child at our school – just sign up here or message us

Staff Profiles

Claire Oldham

Front of House

Claire has been a Footlights mum for five years, so she knows us inside and out. She works full-time, as well as being a taxi service to her adorable son Matthew (sorry mum), looks after everyone at Footlights Prestwich including the staff!. Any questions you need answering, or if you have any worries or concerns, Claire can help and put your mind at ease!
Hayley Graham

Hayley Graham

Acting Tutor

Hayley is a professionally trained Actress who recently graduated from University of Salford. She has performed in and directed numerous shows across Manchester as part of a theatre company, she also has experience in TV, and applies her knowledge of the industry to her teaching. Hayley focuses on teaching professional acting techniques that involve practitioners, improvisation, characterisation and much more. She also encourages your child to gain confidence in themselves in order to bring out their best talent and ensure they enjoy performing.

During classes your child will learn how to listen, discuss, question, analyse, trust; through these, their confidence will build as well as their social skills. Their performance skills will also improve and, through being part of a regular group with like-minded children and young people, their friendship groups will widen.


Cara Scholes

Cara Scholes

Tiny's Teacher

Cara has been with Footlights for 8 years this year and is lead choreographer at our Footlights Urmston school too.  

Cara teaches your child acting, singing and dance in bite-size chunks, so that they can grasp the techniques easier, have fun and helps them to develop a love for the arts from a young age. Cara will introduce your child to the classic musicals, as well as the latest West End hits! 

The Tiny’s concept is prepare your child for main school. By the time that they leave the Tiny’s group, your child will ahead of most 7 year old’s who are new to performing arts. Cara’s passion to teach will bring your child’s confidence to life.

Charlie Young

Charlie Young

Singing Tutor

Charlie trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, before moving to London where she worked mainly in new musical theatre shows. Now based in Manchester, Charlie continues to work across the theatre and TV industry.

She uses her extensive knowledge of the industry to support the running of Footlights Personal Management, our in-house talent agency. Charlie loves helping children to build their confidence and supporting them to fulfil their potential. Charlie specialises in singing technique and acting through song and is fantastic at putting a show together. Charlie also teaches LAMDA.

Jas Fontaine

Jas Fontaine

Choreographer & Dance Teacher

Jas is new to us in 2019 and what a ball of energy she is! Jas is so full of life and expertise and aims to get the very best out of your child or teenager.

Jas’s day starts at 9am for a ballet technique class which is optional for all our students, then at 9.45am she conducts a big group warm up! This firecracker will have your child breaking out in a sweat – so ensure they bring lots of water.

Her choreography is exciting and jam packed full of edgy moves, Jas teaches all styles including commercial, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre! She really is one to watch.

Across Footlights we teach ballet, tap, contemporary and commercial dance and in a very supportive environment, we aim to get the very best out of your child and teenager. We work on technique, timing, style, precision and routines. We give our Prestwich students the confidence to open up and progress in their performing abilities. 

Hannah Sims

Hannah Sims

Tiny's Tutor

Hannah is superb! She teaches your child acting, singing and dance in bite-size chunks, so that they can grasp the techniques easier, have fun and helps them to develop a love for the arts from a young age. Hannah is a busy professional actor, ( she is part of the professional Footlights Theatre company which tours to schools) so you can expect your child to be taught to the highest of standards. Her approach is friendly and super encouraging and will introduce your child to the classic musicals, as well as the latest West End hits! 

The Tiny’s concept is prepare your child for main school. By the time that they leave the Tiny’s group, your child will ahead of most 7 year old’s who are new to performing arts. Hannah’s inspiring and energetic nature will bring your child’s confidence to life.

Rebecca Fearnley

Rebecca Fearnley

Drama & Acting- Thursday's

Rebecca, a part of the Footlights team since 2014, has been involved with improvisation, theatre and TV since 1998 and is now a well-known stand up comic. As versatile character actor, Rebecca has a flair for playing old ladies! Rebecca is also an experienced theatre director, writer and drama teacher. Her qualifications range from a BTEC in Performing Arts, Theatre Directing and Performance, Television Acting to a BA (Hons) in Media and Performance.

Rebecca teachers intensively whilst engaging the children in fun drama and acting activities, she believes the actor is within all of us and she uses techniques to help your child understand scripts as well as learn them, develop characters, work as part of a team, open up their own creativity and express themselves in a safe environment. She is very supportive and aims to work on confidence and self esteem.