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PQA Derby

PQA Derby is a performing arts school, with classes for children and young adults in Comedy & Drama (acting), Musical Theatre (singing and dancing) and Film & Television (filmmaking).

We run two busy and successful Academies, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon on Saturdays at Derby Moor Academy (formerly the Derby Moor Community Sports College).

Principal note:

There’s never been a better time to engage young people in the arts and the creativity of their minds and passions.
Our morning Academy has just entered into our10th year of being amazing and our afternoon Academy its 8th year!
We are an award-winning Academy with three awards in the Northern Film Festival 2018 and another winning entry included this year. We also won 2 of the 4 main awards in the Birmingham Film Festival in November 2021
Over the last few terms our Academies have enjoyed masterclasses in SFX make-up, stage combat, circus skills, children's TV presenting, 'Wicked', 'Sweeney Todd', 'Spamalot' and 'Mamma Mia' and acting for camera, to name a few.

This year our morning academy will be busy rehearsing for the new PQA West End show, Across The Line, which takes place at His Majesty’s Theatre, in London’s West End!
The afternoon academy performed in the West End last year and this year will be performing a new musical, ‘Thrice Upon A Time’
They also took part in their RSL Screen & Performance exam , in which all passed with merits and many students were awarded distinctions!
We are proud that PQA Derby is a multi award winning film making academy.
Eighteen months of hard work in Film and TV has seen them up on the big screen in a celebration of everything they have learnt.
Both of Our Academies now begin the task of making more films in readiness for this years red carpet event 2024. 
Some of our students have already appeared on screen thanks to our very own Quirky Kidz agency.
PQA Derby students have gained auditions and parts for a variety of projects, and there are also lots of exciting opportunities in the pipeline across the film, theatre, and music industries. So, singing, dancing, acting, film-making, and many more great opportunities, make this an Academy to be proud of! All the fun you can have simply by being yourself and being amazing!

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Academy Details

Opening Times:

Saturday AM:09:45 - 13:00
Saturday PM:13:45 - 17:00

How To Find Us:

Derby Moor Community Sports College, Moorway Lane, Littleover, Derby, DE23 2FS

Contact Us:

[email protected]
07795 080736


Primary Student £92.00 per calendar month
Sibling Student £69.00 per calendar month

Meet The Derby Team

Our Modules

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre classes combine singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of…


Film & Television

PQA is the largest provider of Film and Television education in the UK for under…


Comedy & Drama

Our Comedy & Drama lessons provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms and…


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