About The School


Welcome to Barbara Speake Schools for Performing Arts


The school was opened on February 10th 1945 as a dancing school only by the present principal Miss Barbara M Speake MBE. In 1963 it became a full time school providing academic and artistic training. The strength of the school is in its friendly atmosphere, traditional qualities and caring, committed staff.

If you wish for a small happy school for your child, where every teacher can care for his or her individual needs, then it is here. Nowhere else will you find Year 11 students walk hand in hand with early years children, where every teacher knows every child by name and is treated as an individual who is allowed to be creative, and encouraged to become the best person possible both academically and artistically. After sitting up to 10 GCSE’s in Year 11, the majority of our students leave school and go on to higher education, and become inspirational young people we are all extremely proud of.

It has been proven that pupils here succeed though enjoyment of their school which gives them confidence to follow whatever path they choose whether in the field of entertainment, or in a more academic career. We are the only stage school in London catering for children in the Early Years and Lower Juniors.

The Agency

The Barbara Speake Agency affiliates with the school to offer exclusive representation to all its pupils in TV, Film, Stage/Theatre, Online.

The Nursery

We are affiliated with the Laughing Learners Nursery located on the premises offering nursery provisions for children 3 – 5 years old. Click here to contact the nursery.


The school is offers hiring services for filming, these include a selection of its 3 studios, hall and stage.


Our catalogue of Alumni showcases the schools ability to nurture the natural talent of its pupils who have gone on to become household names.

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