Since Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre was formed in 1989, when Angela Kirkham and Jennie Henry decided to combine their individual teaching talents, our contribution to the Arts in Ryedale and the North Yorkshire area has been immense.
Supported by a team of brilliant teaching staff we have gained a reputation for excellence in all aspects of the Performing Arts and are immensely proud of our students’ achievements over the years. “We wish we could name everyone who has given their enthusiasm and hard work – and still do. There are so many. They willed us to fulfill a dream – for their children and for the future.”
Why choose Kirkham Henry?
Your child, an individual
The philosophy of the Centre is one of care and concern for each individual, aiming to achieve the personal, and vocational development of each student to the maximum of her/his ability. Angela and Jennie believed that if young people are self-disciplined in their hobby then they are self-disciplined in life itself!
Skills for the future
Dance, Singing, Drama and Music (Piano & theory) are taught to the highest level and many students go on to enjoy successful careers in the Theatre. For those who choose not to “tread the boards” Angela and the staff possess the ability and skills to motivate young people to progress to alternative courses in higher education.
100% pass rate
Students excel in examinations with the school regularly achieving 100% pass rates in Royal Academy of Dance, International Dance Teachers Association, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music & Arts Awards and Trinity.
They consistently win trophies at the various Stage Dance and Singing Festivals in the North of England. This year Kirkham Henry pupils have once again been awarded numerous “Most Outstanding Performers” awards at the festivals. Pupils often have the opportunity to appear in professional productions.
Friends for life
Success can be measured in so many ways and at Kirkham Henry it isn’t just the prestigious awards that pupils win year after year, it is the rapport between teachers, children and parents, a feeling of a family enterprise.
Accessible for all
The Centre provides a happy, friendly, disciplined and focused environment, which allows its students, both young and mature, to flourish. The schools success is also based on its ability to offer places to young people from a wide range of social backgrounds. Angela and Jennie considered it vital that class fees are kept at an extremely affordable rate in order to support students from less privileged backgrounds and maintain the “rich mix” of talent that has been so successful in the past.
Confidence in your abilities
“Children with a talent, whether for the arts or for mathematics or sport have an irreplaceable perspective on the world that can never be taken away from them. Whatever they achieve they’ve done on their own merits and through their own efforts and this provides them with an unquenchable confidence in their own abilities. And that is better than any amount of fame.”
Arts for everyone
“The aim of the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre is simple - to help anyone enjoy the pleasures of the performing arts, to learn to appreciate good music, to dance, to sing and to act well.”