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Speech & Drama Classes
and Private Lessons
in Woking, Byfleet and West Byfleet.


Newson Academy is an independent speech and drama school based in Woking. Founded in 2007 by Joanne Newson of West Byfleet, the school offers training in the performing arts to children and young people aged 5 to 18. Joanne has worked as a professional in the Industry for many years, working as both an actor and singer appearing in theatre, television, film and commercials.
At Newson Academy students acquire skills in all areas of the performing arts which can help not only pursue careers in the arts industry, but also develop essential life skills to enable them to grow in confidence and self-esteem. With professional training in drama and acting, they can develop as performers and artists and are taught by industry professionals.
Staff at the Academy are passionate about creating a fun environment for students to learn to gain confidence through the Arts. Students perform in shows, show cases and local speech & drama festivals, such as the Richmond Performing Arts Festival and the Speech & Drama classes at Woking Music Festival.
Our pupils have gained places at prestigious performing arts schools and colleges such as Arts Ed, Chiswick, Sylvia Young Theatre School, The Royal School Hampshire, Italia Conti London, BA Hons Acting courses, Notre Dame Senior School Cobham and Reeds School Cobham. Some of our pupils work as professional actors in commercials, film and TV as well as on the West End Stage!
Festival Results 2019:
Richmond Surrey - Gold Medal 1st place Year 4 Acting
Year 4 Poetry 84 High Merit
Woking Speech & Drama Year 2 Poetry 2nd place.
Senior pupil Anna is commencing GSA Guildford School of Acting Foundation course.
Senior pupil Michael is commending Godalming college A level performing arts and physiology plus GSA Saturday School, having achieved LAMDA Grade 5 Distinction in both solo Acting and Devising.
Year 11 senior pupil Seb is attending Italia Conti having auditioned for the Teen Professional course Fridays, plus classes Thursdays and Saturdays alongside his Year 11 studies.
We wish them all a great year ahead on their new academic and exciting performing arts journeys!

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