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PQA Harrogate is a dedicated performing arts school, with classes for kids and young adults in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre (singing & dancing) and Film & Television.

Our Harrogate academy operates from the Harrogate Grammar School every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm & 1.45-5pm where we welcome students from 4-18 years within the Harrogate, Knaresborough, Killinghall, Burn Bridge, Pannal, Hampsthwaite, Ripley, Follifoot, Spofforth, Wetherby & Otley area.

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Note from our Principal:

We are always working on EXCITING projects which feature our students performing in a variety of different roles, in musicals, plays and films. We are passionate about every student's personal journey with us, and the whole team work hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be and reach their potential creatively. Every student has something unique to offer, and it's our job to encourage this and develop it!

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Harrogate! If you're interested in a FREE Taster Session, please email or call us for a chat, and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy. Alternatively, you can register your interest online.

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We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Harrogate!

Kellie Taylor
07809 196953

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Comedy & Drama Classes

Our comedy and drama lessons provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms and techniques including: Improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, script work and vocal techniques in projection and diction.

Musical Theatre Classes

Musical Theatre classes combine singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of vocal and dance techniques giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within a performance.

Film & Television Classes

PQA is the largest provider of Film and Television education in the UK for under 18s. Our students will discover and develop talents in areas such as script writing, directing and acting for camera.

And so much more! 

Specialist Masterclasses, Quirky Kidz Agency, West End Theatre Shows, Trinity College Exams, Film Festivals, Creative Stages Reports, Local Cinema Screenings, Showcases & PQATV

Hear what our parents say:

Nicole absolutely loves PQA and gets very excited on a Friday evening. She has been to other drama schools but the friendly, pastoral, fun atmosphere at PQA makes it shine out from the rest. Thank you Kellie and your wonderful team for making it unique in such a special way! - Gill E

My Son absolutely loves attending PQA! He always has so much fun, and I can already see his confidence growing. He's made some great friends, and can't wait to return. All the team are patient and great with the kids too! - Katie E

Well done to Kellie and the full team for their performance of Lazy Ace in the West End! It was FANTASTIC – I couldn't have been prouder of all the students! I cried, I laughed and I thoroughly enjoyed such a professional show! All credit to you and the team for your hard work and determination and thanks again for giving my daughter such an incredible opportunity! You are an inspiration to all our young people! - Gemma M

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Privacy Notice

Date of issue: 16 May 2018


At PQA we take your privacy seriously and we are committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. This Privacy Notice explains in detail the types of personal data we may collect about you when you interact with us. It also explains how we'll store and handle that data, and keep it safe.

It's likely that we'll need to update this Privacy Notice from time to time. We'll notify you of any significant changes, but you're welcome to come back and check it whenever you wish.

PQA LTD is the data controller of your personal information (collectively referred to as "PQA", "we", "us" or "our" in this Privacy Notice) and is made up of a number of different businesses including The Pauline Quirke Academy, Quirky Kidz, PQA Studios, Q Productions, Q Management, Quirky Youth Theatre and PQA Venues.

Registered in England and Wales with company number 06203984 of The Retreat, 406 Roding Lane South, Woodford Green, Essex, England, IG8 8EY

If you require further information about the way(s) PQA manages your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer directly on


What personal data we need and how we collect it
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual that can identify them. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data). We collect the minimum amount of personal information needed to complete a contract that we have with you.

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:
• Identity Data includes your first name, maiden name, last name, title, date of birth, credit/debit card information,
• Contact Data includes your postal address, email address and telephone numbers.

Where we need to collect personal information about you by law, or to fulfil our obligations to you and you fail to provide that information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or services we are trying to provide to you. In this case, we may have to stop providing you with the services, but we will notify you if this is the case at the time. For example, where you do not consent for your child to be recorded by PQA, we will contact you and discuss whether we can continue providing the services under the contract.
We collect your personal information by direct interactions with you. Mainly you will give us your Identity and Contact Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone and email.


How we use your personal data
The processing of your personal data is necessary for us to provide a service that you have requested under a contract we have with you. We rely on that contract as a legal basis on which we process your personal data. Under that contract we will provide your personal data to your local PQA Academy so that it can provide you with the services you have requested.
PQA processes personal data for certain legitimate business purposes which include, some or all, of the following:

•  where the processing enables us to enhance, modify, personalise or otherwise improve our services/communications for the benefit of our customer;
•  to identify and prevent fraud;
•  to enhance the security of our networks and information systems;
•  to administer any of our prize draws or competitions which you enter, based on your consent given at the time of entering
•  to better understand how people, interact with our web sites, and
•  to provide communication which we think will be of benefit and interest to you.

Otherwise, we rely on consent as the legal basis on which we process your personal information. We will seek your consent from time to time to continue to process your data by contacting you.


We only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide you information on the products and services you have requested from us. From time to time we will also invite you to participate in surveys which help us to improve what we do. We will never sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties.


Where and how we store your personal data
When you provide PQA with personal data, we will hold your information on our electronic database on servers physically located within the UK or the European Economic Area (the "EEA").

We will use appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss destruction or damage of your personal information. Your personal information is stored electronically on a database file which is password-protected and stored offline, behind up-to-date firewall and antivirus protection.

Access to personal information is limited to Principals and employees of PQA. These individuals have access to the personal information on the database to enable them to perform their contractual duties. We provide all Principals and employees of PQA with Data Protection Legislation training.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal information breach. In the unlikely event that your personal information was accessible to third parties through a data breach, we would inform you as soon as we become aware of it and any applicable regulator where we are legally required to do so.


How long we will retain your personal data
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information we consider
- the amount, nature, sensitivity of the personal information,
- the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal information;
- the purposes for which we process your personal information,
- whether we can achieve those purposes through other means,
- and the applicable legal requirements.

Your personal data stored on our database will be reviewed every six months and where appropriate we will delete your personal data.
If you complete our enquiry form, we will pass your personal data to the Principal of your chosen Academy to allow them to provide materials about PQA and to contact you to learn if you wish further information.

If you have contacted us and have requested that we keep your personal data on file for the purposes of receiving information from us, for example, about new academies opening, we will ensure that we confirm with you each time we contact you, that you are happy for your personal data to be stored by us for contact only. If you choose not to proceed with registering with us, we will remove all your stored data after 6 months.


Access to information
Data Protection Legislation gives you right to access the information we hold about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with Data Protection Legislation. We will respond to any valid access request within 30 days (though if it is expected to take longer than 30 days, we will notify you and keep you updated on likely timescale) and we will make available your information in a format to be agreed. To obtain a copy of the personal information we hold about you please contact us in the manner set out at the end of this Privacy Notice.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights contained in this Privacy Notice). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances. In these instances, we will notify you.



Erasure or rectification of information
Data Protection Legislation gives you the right to ask us to erase information held about you if it is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or processed. You also have the right to ask us to rectify inaccurate information we hold about you or to complete incomplete information about you.

Your right of erasure and/or rectification can be exercised in accordance with Data Protection Legislation. If you make a valid erasure or rectification request, we will take reasonable steps to erase or rectify your information so far as required by Data Protection Legislation. However, Data Protection Legislation allows us to retain and continue processing your information in certain circumstances and if any of those circumstances apply we may continue to hold and process your information (in accordance with this Privacy Notice) despite your request for us to erase it. Such circumstances include (but may not be limited to) where our continued holding and/or processing or your information is necessary:

• for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information;
• for compliance with a legal obligation that requires processing of personal data by EU or member state law to which the controller is subject, or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller;
• for reasons of public interest in the area of public health;
• for archiving purposes in the public interest, or scientific and historical research purposes or statistical purposes in so far as the erasure of the information would be likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of the objectives of the archiving purposes in the public interest, or the scientific and historical research purposes or the statistical purposes, and
• for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.


Changes to our Privacy Notice and your duty to inform us of changes
This version was last updated on 16 May 2018.
The data protection law in the UK changes on 25 May 2018.

We will communicate to you any material changes to our Privacy Notice by posting to the addresses provided. This will ensure that you are always aware of the information we collect, how we use it and the circumstances under which we may disclose it.

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.


Your right to withdraw your consent or complain
You have the right to withdraw from us your consent to process your personal data at any time. Please bear in mind that if you object, this may affect our ability to complete a contract which we have with you. PQA will maintain an audit trail of consent given and consent withdrawn.

If you consider that we have failed to comply with this Privacy Notice and/or Data Protection Legislation in relation to the information which we hold or process, or you are not satisfied with our response, you have a right to make a compliant to the relevant UK supervisory authority for data protection issues at any time, which in the UK is the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, so please contact us in the first instance in the manner which is set out at the end of the Privacy notice.
Our Data Protection Policy can be viewed from this link: PQA Data Protection Policy
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If you have any requests or queries concerning your personal information or any queries about our practices, please call us on 0800 531 6282 or send us an email at or write to us at the following address The Academy Queensmead Road, Loudwater, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 9XA



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Meet the Team

Kellie Taylor


Kellie Taylor - Principal

Hi, my name is Kellie Taylor and I am delighted to be the Principal of The Pauline Quirke Academy Harrogate. I am also the Principal of PQA Stockport.

I have been involved in the arts from a very young age and when I finished school I continued my studies in the performing arts. For 5 years, I attended The University of Winchester where I achieved a BA Hons in Performing Arts and an MA in Creative and Critical Writing. During my years at University I discovered my passion and desire to work with children. In 2005 I spent my summer in Africa implementing an Educational Drama Initiative in a local school. My time spent working with this school and its students was some of the most rewarding months of my life. I returned home to finish my studies knowing that I wanted to make working with children my future.

As a child, I performed in a production of The Sound of Music, then 13 years later I found myself involved in the same show, only this time my role was as Assistant Director. Other shows I have performed in include: Iolanthe, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Frankenstein, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Stepping Out (performer and assistant director for this production), When the Lights Go on Again, Annie and much more.

In the past years, I have progressed from assistant director to director and my credits include; Summer and Christmas concerts, High Society, Annie, Oliver, Whistle Down the Wind, and most recently PQA Harrogate performed The Lazy Ace at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End. I have also written and directed my own award winning musical; A Fist Full of Love.

What I admire most about being in the Performing Arts is the confidence it can inspire in a person; I have seen children go from being incredibly shy to holding a leading role on a West End stage. Confidence is something I wish to help the students of PQA achieve and not just for the stage but for them to go out and be a part of this world with their head held high. My time at University taught me not only the skills to perform but also how to create my own theatre, which opens so many more doors to a person who loves the Arts. This is something I wish to inspire in the students of PQA, children have amazing and vast imaginations and PQA, through their unique and tailored modules, offer them the chance to explore this while making new friends and having a lot of fun along the way, an experience that will last your children a lifetime.


Vice Principal & Musical Theatre

Purvi - Vice Principal & Musical Theatre

Purvi has been involved in Musical Theatre for almost her entire life, and received her BFA with honours in Musical Theatre from Pace University in New York City. Whilst in New York Purvi had the opportunity to work with award winning actors, writers and directors which has given her an incredible and varied insight to the whole world of theatre, and enabled her to continue to develop as an artist. She was also lucky enough to perform in numerous off-Broadway shows and has been involved in the process of developing new works, some of which are now in workshops for full Broadway productions.

Purvi is a massive lover of all the performing arts, having started off in pantos and amateur dramatics from the age of 6, to working as a professional actor now, and loves sharing her passion and knowledge with others. She is extremely excited to be teaching at PQA and to help inspire and develop the next generation of actors!


Teaching Assistant

Kirsty - Teaching Assistant

Kirsty has been performing in the music industry from a young age, achieving her Grade 8 ABRSM singing qualification, and Grade 5 LAMDA drama qualification before studying Music Performance at York St. John University. A passion for singing drove Kirsty to take on performance roles both around the UK and internationally, alongside stars such as Katherine Jenkins.

Kirsty has worked with children in summer schools, kids clubs and as a dance teacher for more than a decade, and is a firm believer that working in the theatre industry can help drive children's social and academic development forward whilst inspiring their creativity.

She is hugely excited to be working with our Poppets!



Laura - Poppets

My name is Laura. Due to being shy as a child, I was never into performing arts. However, from the age of ten, I loved performing in school productions.  I chose to study performing arts in high school and went on to study it at college.

A dream of mine would be to work in the West End and be in a musical.

I'm looking forward to helping everyone at PQA and helping their confidence and skills progress.


Film & Television

Curtis - Film & Television

From a really young age I always knew that I wanted to be involved in the arts, originally as an actor but over time things changed and I realised that my talent was in directing. I also have a passion for writing and editing too, it's a great release for me!

In 2014 I made a fan-made intro for the popular television series "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and it played on an American talk show called GDLA! Recently I made a short film with my friend & PQA Harrogate student Shannon to enter into the #SinisterHomeMovie Competition. The winner's short would be featured on the Sinister 2 Blu-Ray. We didn't win but we got runner up prize, which we were both really proud of. Other experience I have had is when I did a week's work experience at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds 3 years ago and this year at Twenty Twenty Films in Keighley.

I am currently studying Creative Media Production Level 3: Extended Diploma at Craven College. I started PQA as a student in 2013 and then left shortly after in 2014 because my college course was really draining. I made some really great friends and built my confidence up a lot. I'm really pleased to spend my Saturday's with the team again, this time helping out in Film and TV!


Comedy & Drama

Michael - Comedy & Drama

Michael has been involved with performing arts for much of his life. He studied Theatre, Creative writing and Performing Arts and received a BA in 2006. As an actor, director and script writer, Michael has worked with the BBC, Channel 4, Blaise Media, The West Yorkshire Playhouse and created online comedy web series for UBTV.

Michael has also worked with The York Dungeon as the performance Supervisor and campaign script writer. He created workshops for schools and wrote walking tours around York.

Michael recently worked in America as the Head of Performing Arts at French Woods Sports and Arts Centre. He oversaw the Theatre, Dance, Magic and Music departments.

He is extremely excited to work with PQA, not only to develop his own skills, but to pass on his own knowledge and experience to a new generation of performing artists.

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