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Saturday Performing Arts Centres


Call the Notts Performing Arts Office on 0115 977 2782 between 8am – 3pm for further information.

Saturday Centre Timetables and Descriptions of Sessions

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Whether you're into music, dance or drama, our Performing Arts Centres offer you the chance to:

  • learn creative skills
  • get the chance to perform
  • increase your confidence
  • make new friends

Do you love performing and want to get involved more with music, theatre and dance?

Are you between 7 and 19?

Then you’re in the right place with Notts Performing Arts Saturday Sessions!

We'll give you the chance to work with world class professional artists and musicians; and exceptional teaching staff. You can try out different performing arts to see what you enjoy the most. As you progress through the training you’ll get the chance to specialise in a particular art form or audition to be part of one of our Performing Arts Companies.

We are open to anyone in Year 3 and above between the ages of 7 and 19.

Our performing arts centres are open on Saturday mornings to all of any ability. You can try out lots of activities exploring different types of music, theatre and dance.

Create your own timetable of the activities you enjoy most, develop your creative skills in a wide range of performing arts activities.  

You will also get the chance to show off your skills in a performance at the end of each term.

Does your child live in Nottinghamshire or attend a Nottinghamshire maintained school?

Membership to Notts Performing Arts costs £50 for the Autumn term, £40 for the Spring term or £75 per year.

Financial assistance  is available for students Looked After by Nottinghamshire and those eligible for free school meals. 

Saturday Centre students can also apply to audition for a Notts Performing Arts Company and payments for these are shown on the Performing Companies page of this web site.

If your child does not live in Nottinghamshire or attend a Nottinghamshire maintained school we offer membership for £100 for the Autumn term, £80 for the Spring term or £150 per year. 

Joining a Centre

Call us on 0115 977 2782 with your email or postal address and we will send you a brochure.

Send your application with cheque/postal order made payable to Nottinghamshire County Council to: Notts Performing Arts Team, Arts and Sports for Children and Young People, County Hall, Floor 3, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP.

Paying by debit or credit card?

Call us on 0115 977 2782 weekdays between 8.00am - 3.00pm and we will take your child’s details over the telephone and transfer your call to a secure card payment centre.

After you submit your application we will send you confirmation of your child’s start date at your chosen Performing Arts Centres, either the first week of a new term or the first week after a half term.

My child is 7 years old but in Year 2 – can they join?

Notts Performing Arts is open to students from Year 3 and above. Please apply once your child has completed Year 2.

My child has special needs – can they join?

Yes provided they meet the eligibility criteria and NPA has a Support Assistant to work with them if needed. Please clarify any support that may be required in your application so we can ensure your child fully participates.

My child has special needs – why are they on a waiting list?

Notts Performing Arts has a number of Support Assistants who work with children with special needs so they can fully benefit from the arts opportunities on offer. Students will be placed on a waiting list in strict order of application and contacted once a Support Assistant becomes available to support your child.

When can my child start?

Once your application is confirmed and payment made your child can start on the first week of the new term or the first week after half term.

Is there a uniform – do they have to wear certain clothes?

NPA students should wear clothes they are comfortable in and for dance students clothes that they can dance in.

Are the staff CRB checked?

All NPA staff are enhanced CRB checked as are all the parent helpers who work in the Saturday morning tuck shops. These checks are re-done every three years.

Are there opportunities to do exams?

Students can take their Bronze Arts award if their chosen Saturday morning Centre offers it as part of their timetable.

We live in Nottingham city and my child attends a Nottingham city school. Why does it cost more?

NPA provision is subsidised by Nottinghamshire County Council for students who live or go to school in the county of Nottinghamshire. 

My child will be absent for one week. Who do I tell?

You can tell the administrator or manager on site at the Workshop centre or you can telephone the NPA office on 0115 977 2782. Please note that regular absences will mean your child cannot participate in performances.

Can I get a refund if my child changes their mind or starts and then decides they do not want to stay for a term?

The membership fee is non-refundable and non-transferable

My child has a medical condition. Are staff trained to administer medication?

None of the staff administer medication. If you child cannot self medicate then you can come into the centre and administer it to your child yourself. Please contact the NPA office on 0115 9772782 if you wish to arrange this.

My child wants to do the music groups on Saturday morning – do they need their own instrument?

If your child has an instrument they want to play bring it along. Students need to provide their own instruments for sessions such as strings/concert band/woodwind. Instruments are provided for drumming and percussion.

Can my child book onto any of the dance/drama/music options on the timetable?

No. Your child chooses their sessions on their first morning at the Centre. Please check the timetable for the particular Centre you are interested in and have a range of options available as sessions may be full. Sessions have maximum capacity and no waiting lists are held.

What happens if they cannot get three sessions they want?

You may wish to only book your child in for a single term whilst they try a new option. You can book your child in for Session 1 and Session 2 only and they leave afterwards or they arrive later for Session 2 and Session 3 only. Students must still sign in if they arrive later and must sign out if leaving early. The cost will remain the same as this is a cost attached to attending during the morning. Please note there is no option to attend Session 1 and Session 3 as there will be no staff supervision during the middle session.

Students wishing to change their choices can talk to the Workshop Manager on the Saturday mornings to see if this is possible. No refunds are given if there are changes after the initial payment is made.

There is a wide range of different activities to choose from and NPA students are encouraged to try out new activities if their choices are unavailable.

Can I stay with my child on their first morning?

For younger students a parent can stay for the first morning but may not be able to be present in the session and may need to wait on site and see their child at break times.

My child is studying for their GCSE. Can they use this time to practice or perform their pieces?

All students must attend staff supervised sessions. You can discuss possibilities of performing exam pieces with the Workshop Manager as part of the end of term performances.

My child’s father and I are separated. Can they attend in alternate weeks?

Yes they can. Please let the teachers know when you start so they can be aware of this when leading up to performances.

Will we be able to see what our child has been learning?

Centres have performances during the academic year which parents can attend. Please enquire at the individual Centre when your child starts.

Can a parent help in the sessions at the workshop?

Parents cannot help in the workshop sessions but they can volunteer to work in the tuck shop. Please make enquiries on site as NPA will need to have you enhanced CRB cleared. If you already have an enhanced CRB clearance within the last year then this is valid whilst we redo one for you. Please note there are no tuck shop facilities at Arnold Centre.

Things You Need to Know

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If you want to visit a Performing Arts Centre to find out more about the Programme, please contact the NPA office to find out the next visit day.

Students choose 3 sessions during the morning with breaks in between and spend additional time setting up and packing away. 

Each of the Centres has its own timetable offering a range of music, music technology, dance and drama sessions. Students are encouraged to try a range of different activities from music, dance or drama.

Centres have performances, and/or open days during the term where parents can watch. Please enquire at the individual Centre when your child starts.

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