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We are delighted to be opening 
PQA Liverpool North
with a FREE OPEN DAY on
Saturday 13th May 2017
from 9.45am-1pm
at Holy Family Catholic High School, Virgin's Lane,
Thornton, Liverpool, Merseyside, L23 4UL

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or to secure your place at PQA Liverpool North you can enrol online HERE


Our aim is to introduce the ethos behind The Pauline Quirke Academy, to demonstrate what we do and how we achieve our goals, how your children will benefit from our classes and, above all, to allow your children to get a flavour of The Academy.

Following a brief introduction the children are divided into age groups and get to sample classes in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television (don't worry if your child does not want to join in at this stage, we know that some will be shy, they can just watch and possibly have a go when they're ready). Parents are welcome to stay with their children – of course this happens with the younger groups but teenagers will usually not have their parents anywhere near an unpolished performance!

During the classes parents can have some refreshments, a chat with the PQA staff, and really begin to learn what we are all about! We would also encourage spending some time sneaking a look at your children during their sessions. They really are great fun...
...I look forward to meeting you on the day!

Aimee Leigh – Principal PQA Liverpool North

Meet the Team

Aimee Leigh


Aimee Leigh - Principal

Hello, my name is Aimee Leigh and I am pleased to introduce myself as the principal of PQA Liverpool North. Acting has always been my passion and has shaped the person I have become today. As a child all I wanted was to perform, I was always at my happiest when on stage and I was lucky enough to be able to follow my dream.

As a child I attended dance, drama and singing lessons and went on to study BTEC Musical theatre at Southport College and BA (Hons) Acting at The University of Central Lancashire. Over the years I have been in countless productions but none have given me the same fulfilment that I have found in teaching. I have taught in several schools and nurseries in the North West of England and I can honestly say there is nothing more inspirational than imagination of a child. I think it is so important for every child to have the opportunity of self expression through performance and with the help of the team at PQA Liverpool North I am sure that your child will shine.


Vice Principal

Samantha - Vice Principal

Samantha is a Lancashire born actress and puppet maker with an enthusiasm for all aspects of the arts, Samantha graduated with a first class degree in Acting from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008. Since then she has enjoyed a wide range of roles across theatre, film and television, notabley her role as Nikki in Shezad Dawoods acclaimed Science Fiction feature film 'Piercing Brightness' which has just finished its run in UK cinemas.

Samantha is passionate about teaching and has worked in theatre-based education for the past five years, enjoying work with Stagecoach, Bigfoot Theatre Arts and The Octagon Theatre's theatre in schools projects. Samantha has also worked closely with the Library Theatre Manchester and the Boaz Trust on their Theatre Arts work with desolate asylum seekers, where she helped people socialise and build confidence in the community using creative arts.


Film & Television

Andrew - Film & Television

Kicking off my love for all things drama, I began studying Theatre during Sixth Form in Rugby, followed by gaining a degree in Film and Theatre at Reading University.

Whilst in Reading, I learnt to use film equipment and fell in love with putting drama on the big screen.

Since then, I have worked making promotional films, art house cinema and informational videos for international charities. I have also worked as a cameraman, capturing live footage for corporate events. I learnt how to operate various editing platforms during this time, including stop-motion and computer animation.

In the past few years, as a secondary school Drama teacher, I have helped students make zombie movies, film noir, romcoms and even created films for school musicals to create digital theatre productions.

Now as an actor, I have taken part in films on the other side of the lens, having recently been a World War One soldier and a dodgy business man who gets hit by a bus!

I am so proud to have the chance to share my experience with the students in such a creative environment at PQA Liverpool North. As the students work their creative magic with the new skills they will learn during my Film and TV sessions, I am sure we will see some budding directors emerge. Bring on the next Oscars!


Comedy & Drama

Fia - Comedy & Drama

Fia graduated with a BA in Acting from the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in 2016. She now teaches flute, recorder, big band and singing in primary and secondary schools around the North-west. In her free time, she works freelance as an actress and is in an up-and-coming three-piece girl band called Dawn & The Embers. She will be performing her first professional role since graduating in the summer of 2017 in Liverpool, press release coming soon.

Fia believes in dedicating everything she does to impacting people in a positive way. She is passionate about building the self-esteem of young people and bringing out the best in them creatively and as individuals. She loves teaching and encouraging people to step out of their comfort zones, explore and dare to make bold choices.


Musical Theatre

Helen - Musical Theatre

Helen is a professional actress and singer from Liverpool. She began performing at the age of three where she was a student at Sylvia Stubbs School of Dance and then went on to train at LAMDA, graduating in 2005 with a three year Diploma in Acting. Since graduating Helen has gained vast experience in theatre and television, her credits including work at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, The Royal Court Liverpool, The Bolton Octagon, as well as work for the BBC and ITV.

Helen has always had a passion for teaching and working with children, having taught Drama classes in schools and nurseries for 0-5 year olds in London with Theatrebugs, and Musical Theatre Acting and Acting for adults at the Chiswick Theatre School in London.

She is also proud mother to her young daughter. Helen is very much looking forward to teaching at PQA Liverpool and sharing her enthusiasm for the performing arts with her fun and compassionate approach.



Keira - Poppets

Keira is an actress based in Merseyside. Before graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Acting, Keira had been a Junior Ambassador for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. This is what drove her passion for performing arts.
As a Junior Ambassador, she gained experience in writing, directing, acting and reviewing numerous productions, as well as performing in a final showcase held at The Everyman Theatre.

As a Dancer from the Wallasey School of Ballet, she has a love and respect for all things creative and particularly giving others the opportunity to embrace their creative flair.

Most recently, Keira has finished a Theatre in Education tour in Northern Ireland. The tour encouraged the power of imagination with toddlers, through Drama. And tackled more difficult topics such as; Cyber Bullying, Internet Safety and Mental Health Issues, for the older year groups.

Keira believes that as a Facilitator, you must love what you do, so you can inspire and find new, fun, exciting and interactive ways to engage young people.

Giving children creative freedom in performing arts creates a great platform for them to enjoy expressing themselves, whilst building their confidence.


Front of House Assistant

Gill - Front of House Assistant

Hello, I'm Gill and I work front of house at PQA Preston. I came on board the day my daughter Aimee
came home and told me she was thinking of applying to PQA. As a mum I spent many years (along with her dad) escorting her to dance classes, drama lessons and even to TV shoots, and watched her perform in many shows, it seems a natural progression to be part of team PQA.

My background is graphic design having studied at art college (quite a few years back now!) My hobbies are all creative from sewing to printing and photography. I worked at a few design companies early on in my working life until I started work at UCLan in Preston where I worked for 29 years in various roles.

You will usually find me dealing with anything from taking photographs, putting together the newsletters, sorting out costumes and scenery to making sure everyone has remembered to take home any important letters! When it is show time you will find me serving refreshments, at Gala time I am busy making metres of bunting for our float, and generally doing anything practical that needs to be done!
It is a privilege and a joy to work with such a talented team and to see our pupils learn and grow. I am one very proud PQA mum!

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

Holy Family Catholic High School
Virgin's Lane
L23 4UL

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