Posted: 23rd Dec 2019 Closing: 23rd Mar 2020
Pauline Quirke Academy
We are looking for performing arts professionals to open their own Pauline Quirke Academy. Our model means you get to run your own business, setting your hours during the week to suit you, and helping to make a difference to children’s lives by giving them thrills and skills for life!
PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy that provides tuition for 4 to 18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in three modules: Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Each module presents amazing performance opportunities for the students, including West End shows, cinema screenings and performing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Our Academies are run by Principals who are performing arts specialists, which ensures the students receive the highest quality training. All classes are delivered by teachers who are engaged by the Principal for their professional experience and ability to teach the performing arts.
We operate a unique licensed model and do not charge a start-up fee. You will receive continual support from us, and we take care of much of the administration, leaving you to focus on the creative side of your Academy.
No start-up fee
12 per week (one Academy)
£15k-£25k (one Academy)
Best suited to:
Performing Arts and Teaching Professionals
Name: Janet Marsh
Family: Mum, dad, and two daughters aged 18 and 11 years
How often do you work?
I do a little every day unless I have other things on, but that’s just how I like to do it. Other Principals have set days for PQA work to fit around their other jobs, but that’s the beauty of it, you make it work around what is right for you.
How does the job fit around your family life?
Perfectly! The Academy runs every Saturday from 10-5pm, and I spread whatever work I need to do throughout the week. I can do as little or as much as I need to,fitting it around my school run, part-time supply teaching work, or auditions.
How much time do you commit?
A lot, but it’s fun and it’s spread over the week. Every week is different depending on what is planned at the Academy. One week you could be sourcing costumes and props for a show, and the next you are preparing from a Trinity College London exam.
Where do you carry out your work?
I have an office but prefer to work from my kitchen table so I can do other tasks throughout the day. This personally works well for me, but everyone does it differently.
Do you need a car?
Yes, you will need a car to transport your Academy equipment each weekend, as well as using it to reach schools when promoting your Academy.
Do you get support/training?
Yes, lots of friendly support and guidance! The Head Office team are available to speak to throughout the week to help with any queries or worries you have; they all understand the obstacles that can arise and are there to help. We can also attend several training courses throughout the year, as can our teachers.
Would you recommend this opportunity to other mums?
You are your own boss, you select your staff, and can fit it in with other jobs and responsibilities; all whilst being supported by an incredible HQ team. The best part is knowing that you can really make a difference to the lives of the students and their families. I am so glad I found this opportunity and would 100% recommend being a Principal for PQA. I LOVE everything about it.
Do you advertise?
I advertise for new staff when required, however I am very lucky to have a great team. I rarely advertise for students as I am lucky to have a waiting list in Doncaster, and students rarely leave us.
Are there any downsides to the role?
Not as far as I am concerned. It’s the best thing I have ever done after having been a secondary school teacher for 13 years. I should have done it sooner!