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Welcome to PQA Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands)

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PQA Sutton Coldfield is based at Fairfax High School in Sutton Coldfield and operates on Saturdays 10am-1pm where we welcome students aged 4 to 18. Each week students have sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, led by our fantastic team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

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 works hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be. Every student has something unique to offer and it's our job to encourage this and develop it! Students will leave our Academy every week with their heads held high and a smile on their faces knowing they have the confidence to take on the world and all of its challenges.

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Sutton Coldfield. If you're interested in a free taster session, please call us for a chat and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy where Principal Elisa will be on hand to assist you. Alternatively, you can request a brochure  or enrol  online now – we look forward to welcoming you to PQA Sutton Coldfield!

Telephone: 07506 862133
Email: Elisa.Millward@pqacademy.com

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Meet the Team

Elisa Millward

Principal

Elisa Millward - Principal

Elisa graduated with a 1st class Drama degree and went straight on to do a Drama PGCE at Warwick University. Since then Elisa has worked for over eight years as a Drama teacher in secondary education, currently working as a Head of Department at a secondary school in the Midlands where her students have outperformed all other schools nationally at both GCSE and A Level. Many of her students have gone on to achieve places at some of the UK's top Drama schools and are now working professionally in the field. Elisa has supported other local schools with their Drama provision and has mentored a range of Drama teachers over the years.

Elisa still makes time to perform at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre and has been part of Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company for a number of years.

I am incredibly passionate about the performing arts and working with young people and I want every student at PQA Sutton Coldfield to thrive and achieve their full potential! I wholeheartedly believe in PQA and the vast amount of opportunities it provides for young people; I know you will love PQA as much as I do!

Aimee

Comedy & Drama

Aimee - Comedy & Drama

Coming soon.

Tom

Film & Television

Tom - Film & Television

Tom has over ten years experience in teaching A-level Media Studies and English/Literature and in that time he has really enjoyed helping young people to achieve their potential. Tom also writes plays, poetry and stand-up comedy. He was one of Birmingham REP's inaugural Foundry artists and the play that developed in the Foundry had a professional run this year with hopes of a tour in 2019 as well as writing a show for next year's Leicester Comedy Festival.

Tom is passionate about making short films with young people and hopes to inspire some students to extend their love for film making beyond the PQA classroom and into a career.

Millie

Poppets

Millie - Poppets

Milly is a professional vocalist who sings in bands and as a solo artist across the Midlands. Milly has also performed in a wide range of principal roles, including Julia in 'The Wedding Singer', Jennifer in 'Witches Of Eastwick' and Patsy in 'Crazy For You'. Milly is currently studying Music Performance at West London University and, alongside her studying, runs after school Drama clubs at local primary schools, as well as private singing tuition for young people.


"I feel so blessed to be part of PQA Sutton Coldfield and adore teaching the Poppets class. It really is my favourite time of the week."

Heather

Academy Assistant

Heather - Academy Assistant

Heather has worked at PQA Sutton Coldfield for five years since the academy opened. Heather worked professionally in theatre and television growing up and then went on to study Performing Arts and Theatre Studies. During this time, Heather was fortunate to work in various roles at the Birmingham Rep. Heather's daughter, Olivia, was a member of PQA for a number of years and Heather has seen first hand the confidence and enthusiasm PQA can instil in young people.


"Working at PQA is the highlight of my week. I love getting to know the students in Green group and continually push and support them to be amazing!"

Sarah

Academy Assistant

Sarah - Academy Assistant

Sarah has worked with children for over eighteen years, both as a Martial Arts instructor and a Primary School teacher, working with all ages and abilities. Sarah has always had a keen interest in the world of theatre and studied at Birmingham City University, securing herself a 1st Class Bachelor of Arts Education Degree.


"Believing in children is just the start of the journey, nurturing their interests and capabilities will bring out the very best in them. That is what I strive to do in my day to day work. I encourage children to be the best that they can be and, above all, believe in themselves."

Callum

Film and TV Assistant

Callum - Film and TV Assistant

Callum has just recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Filmmaking from Kingston University London, achieving a 2:1. He has had two films selected and screened at the British Film Institute (BFI).

Callum's passion lies with writing screenplays and his first feature screenplay is currently in consideration for the London Lift Off Festival 2019.

Callum's filmmaking knowledge, combined with his passion for working with young people, make him an absolute asset to the Film and TV module!

Janine

Musical Theatre

Janine - Musical Theatre

Janine graduated in 2006 with a degree in Dance and Performance and has experience in a vast range of dance styles. Since graduating, Janine has been working in the Midlands as a successful freelance teacher, performer and choreographer. Alongside her teaching career, Janine still performs regularly at Sutton Arts Theatre and is a well sought after choreographer in the area.

"I am over the moon to embark on my PQA journey. Musical Theatre is a huge passion of mine and I can't wait to share this with the students at PQA Sutton Coldfield."

Yannick

Musical Theatre Assistant

Yannick - Musical Theatre Assistant

Yannick is currently studying for a Bachelors degree in 'Popular Music and Performance', specialising in vocals at the University of West-London. Alongside his study, Yannick works as a private vocal coach and backing vocalist. He is also part of a gospel choir that competed at UGCY in London and came second place. With this choir he is still performing at different locations throughout the UK. His teaching has helped numerous of thriving vocalists find their unique voice.

"Children and young adults can feel very exposed when it comes to singing and it's my job in the academy to develop their confidence, making their voice a powerful tool for performance.'

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Location

Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

Plantsbrook School
Upper Holland Rd
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1RB

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