Our Story

10 years of being amazing

Pauline and her husband Steve opened their first Academy when they couldn't find anything that ticked all the boxes for their son, Charlie. They wanted to be able to provide performing arts tuition that was enjoyable, fun and something that would give children confidence. More importantly, they wanted to help young people to pursue their life's ambitions, whatever those ambitions may be. To Pauline and Steve, performing arts is more than just singing and acting. They therefore created a model that covers the entire performing arts spectrum, educating students in Comedy, Drama and of course Film & TV.

When 130 students turned up for the opening of the first PQA Academy, they knew they were onto something! Ten years later, PQA has almost 200 Academies nationwide and is the largest provider of Film & TV education in the UK.

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Our Story

2007

Very first PQA opens

As Pauline said, we only ever meant to have one Academy, but people loved PQA so much that they kept asking if they could open one too!

2009

Quirky Kidz opens

A professional agency service for PQA students, designed to safeguard their welfare in developing a performing arts career.

2011

Launch of our West End season

Our students tread the boards in a fully supported, professional show performed at Her Majesty's Theatre and the Shaftesbury Theatre.

2012

First Film Festival in London’s Leicester Square

We introduced a biennial Film Festival where the top student films developed in Film & Television classes are selected for cinema screening.

2013

Trinity College London examinations

Optional Trinity College London examinations are introduced across PQA.

2015

100 Academies

PQA opens its doors to the 100th Academy nationwide!

2017

10 Years of Being Amazing!

2017 marks PQA's 10-year anniversary.

2017

Film & Television Awards for students

PQA launch a red carpet award ceremony to recognise the filmmaking achievements of our students.

2018

Edinburgh Fringe

PQA's Comedy & Drama module becomes part of the world's largest arts festival with our students performing to the 3 million event visitors.

2018

PQA Full-Time Academy of Performing Arts

PQA opens a full-time Academy, with further education courses in performing arts.

2019

Nearly 200 Academies Nationwide!

PQA continues to fulfil Pauline's vision of helping kids develop their skills & confidence in performing arts on a nationwide level.

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