President, Board & Staff

Miss Barbara Speake MBE established the Barbara Speake Stage School in 1945 which began as a specialised dance school, then later becoming an independent day school for students aged 4 – 16.  In 1961, Miss Speake joined forces with her dearest friend and business partner June Collins where the Barbara Speake Agency was established.  This cemented the duo sourcing, developing and showcasing hundreds of talented young performers who have become internationally known for their success within the entertainment industry.

At 90 years old and after 74 years as the proprietor of the school, Miss Speake has passed on her proprietorship to ensure that the school may continue to strive with new development, diversity and the restructure it needs to see positive growth.  The key focus however is to continue to provide young people with the confidence, academic and life skills as well as the mental attitude they need in order to become successful, grounded young adults whether in or out of the entertainment industry.


Acting Headteacher – Ms. Boucher

Assisting (Academic)  – Ms. Martin


Senior Leadership Team

Head of Performing Arts – Ms. Layton

Head of Academic – Ms. Martin


Learning Support Team

SENCo – Ms. Duhaney

T.A. (1-2-1) – Ms. Price

T.A. (1-2-1) – Ms. Soret

T.A. (Part time) – Mr. Salt

After School T.A. – Ms. Riddex



Reception / Administrator  – Ms. Riddex

Administrator – Ms. Bell

Examination Officer – Mr. Speake


Lower & Upper Junior School

Reception – Ms. Ourtane (Form Tutor)

Year 1 & 2 – Ms. Woods (Form Tutor)

Year 3 & 4 – Miss. Matthews (Form Tutor)

Year 5 & 6 – TBC  (Form Tutor)


Academic Team

English Co-ordinator – Miss. Hill

Mathematics – Ms. Martin

Science – Mr. Jurga


  • Mrs. Lawson (Geography, History, Religious Studies)
  • Mr. Speake (History)

MFL Co-ordinator – Ms. Biart

Art  – Mr. Torras

GCSE Dance & Drama – Miss. Duniam / Mr. Penny / Miss. Brydan


Performing Arts Team

Head of Production, Dance Teacher – Ms. Layton

Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre (IDTA) – Ms. West

Ballet Teacher – Miss. Taylor

Contemporary/Modern – Mr Marcus

Dance Teacher, Lyrical, Street, Hip Hop – Miss. Duniam

Music, Singing Teacher (LCM) – Mr. Southern

Head of Drama (LAMDA) – Mr. Penny







Musical Theatre

Dee West

Julie Layton



Ryan Penny



Pointe, Tap, Ballet – Julie Layton



ITDA Examiners – Julie Layton & Dee West

Lamda Examiner – Ryan Penny 

LCM Examiner – Alex Southern