Which Leanne Are You?

26 Aug 2021

I have been both a working mum and a full-time mum and BOTH can bring their challenges! As a full-time mum I experienced loneliness and guilt for wanting any ‘me time’ and as a working mum I gained the social connections however the guilt increased. On one hand, work is my ‘me time’ as I can have a thought process from start to finish without a million “Mum can you just…?”, “Mum can I have…?”, but the relaxation ‘me time’ is harder to find without the extra added guilt…

Read more

Are You Resting and Recharging?

20 Aug 2021

As a busy parent, I know what anxiety that may bring to a lot of people reading this blog.  I’ve managed to get some R&R with my family, touring Scotland in a camper-van, drinking plenty of tea – something I love doing, perfect! It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t set that goal months ago, and planned it! 

Read more

You’re Never Too Old to Take Part

13 Aug 2021

All age groups, from adolescents to older generations have suffered with social connection over the last 18 months. There are now high levels of anxiety and depression and our services can help people to overcome these barriers and gain a sense of belonging, and fun.

At Take Part we encourage parents and members of the local community to engage with Creative Arts and experience the physical, social and wellbeing benefits that they can provide. These sessions promote ‘play’ and ‘creativity’ in a world where we can often be so far removed from our primal instincts in these areas.

Read more

Community is at the heart of what we do at Take Part

06 Aug 2021

Creative Arts can help us express ourselves and help us relate to our feelings and emotions.  So if it’s singing, dancing, acting, vlogging, podcasting, centre stage, back stage, musical production, instruments, costumes or anything else… if you’re a child, a young person or a grown up, just lean in and Take Part!

Read more

How to download our NEW ticket app!

15 Jun 2021

How to download our NEW app to make booking your tickets quick and easy! The new quick and easy way to buy your Take Part Show tickets. Our new app allows you to easily buy tickets as well as be notified for when new tickets are available.

Read more

Take Part Trustees – We need you!

14 Jun 2021

The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

Read more

International Dance Day – Thursday 29 April

30 Apr 2021

International Dance Day (sometimes referred to as ‘World Dance Day’) is a worldwide event that celebrates all genres of dance.  

It was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – the world’s largest organisation for the performing arts.

Read more

National Shakespeare Day – Friday 23 April

20 Apr 2021

At Take Part we feel the Shakespeare exam structure really supports academic studies as well as Performing Arts. 
From as early as Year 4 your child can join our Shakespeare syllabus structure where they can explore the styles, form, character, context and subtext in order to realise the specific demands of the Shakespeare text in a solo private lesson.

Read more

The Unloading Bay

07 Apr 2021

The last Friday of every month, 19.30-20.30 we will be bringing you ‘The Unloading Bay’. A virtual space to hear and be heard, a setting to appreciate and be appreciated, a place where you are important and you matter.

This monthly 1-hour Zoom call will take the form of a group coaching session with me. An opportunity to focus on ourselves, paying attention to our thoughts and emotions and really reflect on the experience and maybe plan a course of action.

Read more

The Creation Station

We know that not every child wants to sing, dance or act so we are launching ‘The Creation Station’. We are introducing a club for the new generation of ‘creatives’ in order to reflect the jobs of the 21st Century. After Easter we bring you a world of Vlogging and Podcasting for those wanting to ‘take part’ and explore something different.

New Mills School – 16.30-17.15 on Tuesdays, commencing Tuesday 20 April 2021
Glossopdale School – 10.15-11.00 on Saturdays, commencing Saturday 17 April 2021

Read more

Autism Awareness Week

06 Apr 2021

It’s Autism Awareness Week so let’s support and learn more about autism together so we can make the world a safer and more inclusive place for all.

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

Our NEW Mental Health First Aider

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health. There are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and stop issues from getting worse, just as we do with our physical health.  We aim to support children, young people and adults to feel more confident in understanding mental health, and to take action to improve and manage how they are feeling. 

Read more

The Power of Pressing Pause

As we come out of lockdown, we encourage you to press pause, to stop and really think about your desires for the future.  How do you want your life to look? What’s important to you?  How does it align with your holistic wellbeing?  How are you going to manage the challenges that will be heading your way? 

Read more

Most Influential CEO 2021

Our CEO, Louise Coker, has been recognised as ‘Most Influential CEO 2021’ by CEO Monthly Magazine. An amazing achievement and we are excited to see many more great things from her.

Read more

There’s No Business Like Show Business…

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.
Our AAA Programme is for 16 – 21yrs and for those who are completely serious and dedicated to their craft. We partner with industry professionals, use the latest techniques, research and practises to ensure your young person is extremely well equipped to take on the ever-changing demands of this exciting industry.

Read more

Is Your Child Mentally Healthy?

At Take Part we have a role in raising awareness of mental health issues in the community and reducing stigma and discrimination.  As children head back to school and are faced with more changes to deal with, we appreciate that this may be a wobbly week for some.

Read more

A Search for Mentors to Take Part

04 Mar 2021

As we approach Transition season, Take Part are looking for young people in Year 9 and above who would be happy to help current Year 6’s on their transition journey up to high school.  Good Mentors are enthusiastic young people, who can relate to their own experience of moving up to high school and can empathise with others in this situation. 

Read more

Competition Winner

Well done to everyone who sent in their Creative Creations in our GET CREATIVE competition! We were absolutely blown away by your amazing work and we wanted to share it with everyone.

Read more

P&P Virtual Showcase

02 Mar 2021

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.

Read more

Self-care for this half-term

18 Feb 2021

Katie Sheen is a Mindfulness Teacher and Speaker. I attended one of her webinar’s this week and wanted to share some of her work with our families, at the end of a very challenging half term.

Read more

Love is in the air

Here at Take Part we’re all for spreading the love this Valentine’s Day!

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

How to Stay Occupied During Half Term

At Take Part we’re all about caring, sharing, daring and preparing so I’d like to share with you a few ideas for mixing it up with your children and young people over half term. 

Read more

Self-Tape Workshop

12 Feb 2021

Understanding how to set up, craft, and shoot a quality self-tape is such an important part of what we do at Take Part now.  This will also be a very useful skill as we move forward onto virtual assessments, auditions, interviews and casting processes. 

Read more

Good Luck Jess!

Our fabulous Performing Arts Tutor, Jess Jordan goes off on maternity leave on Friday this week. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Jessica and Andrew all the luck and love in the world on the birth of their baby girl, brand new little sister to Jasper. How exciting!

Read more

Sign2Sing Week

This week we are bringing you Sign2Sing week on Take Part TV.  It’s completely free of charge, all we ask that you help keep Take Part alive by supporting us with some likes, loves, shares and comments. Last week brought us 47 new subscribers to our YouTube Channel, lets see if we can double that this week.  Thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

National Storytelling Week

02 Feb 2021

So this week we are celebrating Take Part’s first virtual performance project on Take Part TV. We will be bringing you lots of entertainment over the next few weeks, just as you asked for in our survey.  Not only does this help our awareness and the ’save the arts’ campaign but it gives our performers a platform and a focus for their learning.  So thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

Blending Child Counselling Skills Through Our Programmes

23 Jan 2021

In Cathryn’s role of Head of School at Take Part, New Mills she brings all of her experience, skills and training and now her brand new qualification to embed child counselling beliefs and principals within the work we do to support our families.  

Read more

LAMDA Public Speaking – new for 2021!

02 Dec 2020

– Would you like to develop the confidence to deliver powerful and engaging speeches?
– Would you like to build the foundations of a successful Entrepreneur?
– Would you like to be more confident, positive, creative, resourceful and resilient?

If you’re interested in cultivating the mindset and developing the skills of an Entrepreneur, please do not hesitate to read on… even if you’re only in Year 4!

Read more

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Behaviour Support at Take Part

18 Nov 2020

From an early age Leanne Chance has been a performer. After an extremely successful 20 year performance career Leanne became a Mum… and everything changed. During lockdown Leanne has expended this knowledge by studying Child Psychology, gaining a level 5 qualification which covered areas such as Attachment, Social and Emotional Development and Moral Development. If you want to hear more about Leanne’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Speech Therapy & SEND Support at Take Part

12 Nov 2020

Roxy Verdon has a passion for Music as we know, but she also has a passion for inclusivity. Her student centred approach is one of the very many attributes she brings to our offer at Take Part. Speech Therapy is just one of the essential parts of Roxy’s delivery blended throughout her lesson plans, to ensure optimum communication whether through singing, acting or in every day life. Roxy’s pivot on Lockdown 1.0 was to enhance her Level 3 TA qualification through to a Level 5 whilst up-skilling her vocal qualifications. If you want to hear more about Roxy’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Visiting Industry Professionals

As part of the AAA/P&P ‘Show Business’ Tuesday Evening Programme we are hosting a series of Q&A’s with visiting industry professionals. This week we were delighted to start this off with the very special Elliot Ditton!

Elliot is a very talented designer and performing artist – his most recent work being Puppetry & Mask Deputy Assistant for The Lion King UK and Ireland Tour!

Read more

What is Louise up to behind the scenes?

09 Nov 2020

Whilst our Tutors are yet again transforming their face to face delivery into an extremely busy online timetable, Louise is applying for funding to deliver Take Part’s outreach services while adapting to challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis. At this pivotal moment, social entrepreneurs have a critical role to play in the UK’s economic and social recovery, and Louise is working on just that! Our CEO, Louise Coker is still accelerating Take Part’s growth, building resilience and looking at ways to create a deep and lasting impact within our more vulnerable communities.

Read more

Take Part Trustees

07 Nov 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that Trustees do, and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

Read more

Salford CVS membership

31 Oct 2020

Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; providing specialist information, advice, development support and opportunities for influence and collaboration. Due to the work we did on our transition programme with Salford schools throughout lockdown, Take Part have now been invited to be members of the Salford CVS. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Salford residents through grants and investments for youth projects, community learning activities, projects for disabled children as well as projects that promote health and wellbeing.

Read more

Co-op Local Community Fund

We’re delighted Take Part has been selected to ‘take part’ in the Co-op Local Community Fund. We are one of three causes in the community which Co-op Members can select to support between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select Take Part and shop with the coop, the more funds we’ll receive to put our fabulous Creative Coaches in local schools for wellbeing workshops.

Read more

Teacher Training

24 Oct 2020

At Take Part we pride ourselves on quality education. The Take Part Teaching Standards have been designed to set out a basic framework within which our teaching staff operate.  Appropriate self-evaluation, reflection and professional development activity is critical to improving our teachers’ practice.  The standards set out clearly the key areas in which a Take Part teacher should be able to assess their own practice, and receive feedback from our Senior Leadership Team.  October half term gives us the opportunity to train and mentor our Student Tutors in teaching a quality provision at Take Part, in a safe and informative way.

Read more

New Uniform Shop Now Live!

22 Oct 2020

From here you will be able to purchase our Take Part branded t-shirt (mandatory for all pupils) and optional uniform items hassle free.  Deliveries will come direct to your local school to be sent home with your child.

Read more

World Mental Health Day 2020

10 Oct 2020

Take Part recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective of the annual event is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to recognise efforts in support of mental health. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘mental health for all’.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but World Mental Health Day is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

Read more

Ghoul School 2020

08 Oct 2020

Endorsed by Derbyshire County Council, we bring you ‘Ghoul School’, for the 6th year running!!  … But this time it’s bigger, better … and cheaper!!

You provide the costume, we’ll provide the show – with industry professionals!!… and the games, and the prizes, and the arts, and crafts and competitions and lots and lots of fun!!!

… literally a 3-day halloween party in New Mills … and Glossop! 

Read more

New Bubbles Opening on Sat 10 October 2020

06 Oct 2020

Due to popular demand we are opening 2 new bubbles up on Saturday 10 October 2020. Our Stage 1 (Rec-Y2) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-14.30 and our Stage 2 (Y3-Y6) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-15.15. Both classes will be held at New Mills School, Church Lane.

So if your child likes all things singing, dancing and acting with a blend of wellbeing, please book now for your free trial.

Read more

Virtual Vocationals

05 Oct 2020

Zoom lessons and assessments in LAMDA Acting, Devising, Shakespeare, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public. Vocational qualifications from the comfort of your home.

Book now for your free trial during October half term.

Read more

Isolation Guidelines

17 Sep 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

Read more

Covid-19

26 Aug 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

Read more

A Day of Celebration

12 Aug 2020

More details about our ‘Bubble Performances’ with socially distanced audiences on Saturday 12 December will be coming very soon!

Read more

Back Face to Face

11 Aug 2020

Our face to face lessons resume this weekend to mark the start of the 20/21 academic year. New Mills classes recommence on Saturday 5 September and Glossop classes recommence on Saturday 12 September.

Read more

Brand new website

04 Aug 2020

Today we have launched our brand new website! From the website you will now be able to register your interest in classes directly for the first time ever and purchase uniform hassle free (coming soon)! There are a whole host of other features for you to enjoy.  We’ll let you look around and explore them for yourself.

Read more

Which Leanne Are You?

26 Aug 2021

I have been both a working mum and a full-time mum and BOTH can bring their challenges! As a full-time mum I experienced loneliness and guilt for wanting any ‘me time’ and as a working mum I gained the social connections however the guilt increased. On one hand, work is my ‘me time’ as I can have a thought process from start to finish without a million “Mum can you just…?”, “Mum can I have…?”, but the relaxation ‘me time’ is harder to find without the extra added guilt…

Read more

Are You Resting and Recharging?

20 Aug 2021

As a busy parent, I know what anxiety that may bring to a lot of people reading this blog.  I’ve managed to get some R&R with my family, touring Scotland in a camper-van, drinking plenty of tea – something I love doing, perfect! It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t set that goal months ago, and planned it! 

Read more

You’re Never Too Old to Take Part

13 Aug 2021

All age groups, from adolescents to older generations have suffered with social connection over the last 18 months. There are now high levels of anxiety and depression and our services can help people to overcome these barriers and gain a sense of belonging, and fun.

At Take Part we encourage parents and members of the local community to engage with Creative Arts and experience the physical, social and wellbeing benefits that they can provide. These sessions promote ‘play’ and ‘creativity’ in a world where we can often be so far removed from our primal instincts in these areas.

Read more

Community is at the heart of what we do at Take Part

06 Aug 2021

Creative Arts can help us express ourselves and help us relate to our feelings and emotions.  So if it’s singing, dancing, acting, vlogging, podcasting, centre stage, back stage, musical production, instruments, costumes or anything else… if you’re a child, a young person or a grown up, just lean in and Take Part!

Read more

How to download our NEW ticket app!

15 Jun 2021

How to download our NEW app to make booking your tickets quick and easy! The new quick and easy way to buy your Take Part Show tickets. Our new app allows you to easily buy tickets as well as be notified for when new tickets are available.

Read more

Take Part Trustees – We need you!

14 Jun 2021

The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

Read more

International Dance Day – Thursday 29 April

30 Apr 2021

International Dance Day (sometimes referred to as ‘World Dance Day’) is a worldwide event that celebrates all genres of dance.  

It was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – the world’s largest organisation for the performing arts.

Read more

National Shakespeare Day – Friday 23 April

20 Apr 2021

At Take Part we feel the Shakespeare exam structure really supports academic studies as well as Performing Arts. 
From as early as Year 4 your child can join our Shakespeare syllabus structure where they can explore the styles, form, character, context and subtext in order to realise the specific demands of the Shakespeare text in a solo private lesson.

Read more

The Unloading Bay

07 Apr 2021

The last Friday of every month, 19.30-20.30 we will be bringing you ‘The Unloading Bay’. A virtual space to hear and be heard, a setting to appreciate and be appreciated, a place where you are important and you matter.

This monthly 1-hour Zoom call will take the form of a group coaching session with me. An opportunity to focus on ourselves, paying attention to our thoughts and emotions and really reflect on the experience and maybe plan a course of action.

Read more

The Creation Station

We know that not every child wants to sing, dance or act so we are launching ‘The Creation Station’. We are introducing a club for the new generation of ‘creatives’ in order to reflect the jobs of the 21st Century. After Easter we bring you a world of Vlogging and Podcasting for those wanting to ‘take part’ and explore something different.

New Mills School – 16.30-17.15 on Tuesdays, commencing Tuesday 20 April 2021
Glossopdale School – 10.15-11.00 on Saturdays, commencing Saturday 17 April 2021

Read more

Autism Awareness Week

06 Apr 2021

It’s Autism Awareness Week so let’s support and learn more about autism together so we can make the world a safer and more inclusive place for all.

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

Our NEW Mental Health First Aider

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health. There are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and stop issues from getting worse, just as we do with our physical health.  We aim to support children, young people and adults to feel more confident in understanding mental health, and to take action to improve and manage how they are feeling. 

Read more

The Power of Pressing Pause

As we come out of lockdown, we encourage you to press pause, to stop and really think about your desires for the future.  How do you want your life to look? What’s important to you?  How does it align with your holistic wellbeing?  How are you going to manage the challenges that will be heading your way? 

Read more

Most Influential CEO 2021

Our CEO, Louise Coker, has been recognised as ‘Most Influential CEO 2021’ by CEO Monthly Magazine. An amazing achievement and we are excited to see many more great things from her.

Read more

There’s No Business Like Show Business…

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.
Our AAA Programme is for 16 – 21yrs and for those who are completely serious and dedicated to their craft. We partner with industry professionals, use the latest techniques, research and practises to ensure your young person is extremely well equipped to take on the ever-changing demands of this exciting industry.

Read more

Is Your Child Mentally Healthy?

At Take Part we have a role in raising awareness of mental health issues in the community and reducing stigma and discrimination.  As children head back to school and are faced with more changes to deal with, we appreciate that this may be a wobbly week for some.

Read more

A Search for Mentors to Take Part

04 Mar 2021

As we approach Transition season, Take Part are looking for young people in Year 9 and above who would be happy to help current Year 6’s on their transition journey up to high school.  Good Mentors are enthusiastic young people, who can relate to their own experience of moving up to high school and can empathise with others in this situation. 

Read more

Competition Winner

Well done to everyone who sent in their Creative Creations in our GET CREATIVE competition! We were absolutely blown away by your amazing work and we wanted to share it with everyone.

Read more

P&P Virtual Showcase

02 Mar 2021

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.

Read more

Self-care for this half-term

18 Feb 2021

Katie Sheen is a Mindfulness Teacher and Speaker. I attended one of her webinar’s this week and wanted to share some of her work with our families, at the end of a very challenging half term.

Read more

Love is in the air

Here at Take Part we’re all for spreading the love this Valentine’s Day!

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

How to Stay Occupied During Half Term

At Take Part we’re all about caring, sharing, daring and preparing so I’d like to share with you a few ideas for mixing it up with your children and young people over half term. 

Read more

Self-Tape Workshop

12 Feb 2021

Understanding how to set up, craft, and shoot a quality self-tape is such an important part of what we do at Take Part now.  This will also be a very useful skill as we move forward onto virtual assessments, auditions, interviews and casting processes. 

Read more

Good Luck Jess!

Our fabulous Performing Arts Tutor, Jess Jordan goes off on maternity leave on Friday this week. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Jessica and Andrew all the luck and love in the world on the birth of their baby girl, brand new little sister to Jasper. How exciting!

Read more

Sign2Sing Week

This week we are bringing you Sign2Sing week on Take Part TV.  It’s completely free of charge, all we ask that you help keep Take Part alive by supporting us with some likes, loves, shares and comments. Last week brought us 47 new subscribers to our YouTube Channel, lets see if we can double that this week.  Thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

National Storytelling Week

02 Feb 2021

So this week we are celebrating Take Part’s first virtual performance project on Take Part TV. We will be bringing you lots of entertainment over the next few weeks, just as you asked for in our survey.  Not only does this help our awareness and the ’save the arts’ campaign but it gives our performers a platform and a focus for their learning.  So thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

Blending Child Counselling Skills Through Our Programmes

23 Jan 2021

In Cathryn’s role of Head of School at Take Part, New Mills she brings all of her experience, skills and training and now her brand new qualification to embed child counselling beliefs and principals within the work we do to support our families.  

Read more

LAMDA Public Speaking – new for 2021!

02 Dec 2020

– Would you like to develop the confidence to deliver powerful and engaging speeches?
– Would you like to build the foundations of a successful Entrepreneur?
– Would you like to be more confident, positive, creative, resourceful and resilient?

If you’re interested in cultivating the mindset and developing the skills of an Entrepreneur, please do not hesitate to read on… even if you’re only in Year 4!

Read more

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Behaviour Support at Take Part

18 Nov 2020

From an early age Leanne Chance has been a performer. After an extremely successful 20 year performance career Leanne became a Mum… and everything changed. During lockdown Leanne has expended this knowledge by studying Child Psychology, gaining a level 5 qualification which covered areas such as Attachment, Social and Emotional Development and Moral Development. If you want to hear more about Leanne’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Speech Therapy & SEND Support at Take Part

12 Nov 2020

Roxy Verdon has a passion for Music as we know, but she also has a passion for inclusivity. Her student centred approach is one of the very many attributes she brings to our offer at Take Part. Speech Therapy is just one of the essential parts of Roxy’s delivery blended throughout her lesson plans, to ensure optimum communication whether through singing, acting or in every day life. Roxy’s pivot on Lockdown 1.0 was to enhance her Level 3 TA qualification through to a Level 5 whilst up-skilling her vocal qualifications. If you want to hear more about Roxy’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Visiting Industry Professionals

As part of the AAA/P&P ‘Show Business’ Tuesday Evening Programme we are hosting a series of Q&A’s with visiting industry professionals. This week we were delighted to start this off with the very special Elliot Ditton!

Elliot is a very talented designer and performing artist – his most recent work being Puppetry & Mask Deputy Assistant for The Lion King UK and Ireland Tour!

Read more

What is Louise up to behind the scenes?

09 Nov 2020

Whilst our Tutors are yet again transforming their face to face delivery into an extremely busy online timetable, Louise is applying for funding to deliver Take Part’s outreach services while adapting to challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis. At this pivotal moment, social entrepreneurs have a critical role to play in the UK’s economic and social recovery, and Louise is working on just that! Our CEO, Louise Coker is still accelerating Take Part’s growth, building resilience and looking at ways to create a deep and lasting impact within our more vulnerable communities.

Read more

Take Part Trustees

07 Nov 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that Trustees do, and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

Read more

Salford CVS membership

31 Oct 2020

Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; providing specialist information, advice, development support and opportunities for influence and collaboration. Due to the work we did on our transition programme with Salford schools throughout lockdown, Take Part have now been invited to be members of the Salford CVS. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Salford residents through grants and investments for youth projects, community learning activities, projects for disabled children as well as projects that promote health and wellbeing.

Read more

Co-op Local Community Fund

We’re delighted Take Part has been selected to ‘take part’ in the Co-op Local Community Fund. We are one of three causes in the community which Co-op Members can select to support between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select Take Part and shop with the coop, the more funds we’ll receive to put our fabulous Creative Coaches in local schools for wellbeing workshops.

Read more

Teacher Training

24 Oct 2020

At Take Part we pride ourselves on quality education. The Take Part Teaching Standards have been designed to set out a basic framework within which our teaching staff operate.  Appropriate self-evaluation, reflection and professional development activity is critical to improving our teachers’ practice.  The standards set out clearly the key areas in which a Take Part teacher should be able to assess their own practice, and receive feedback from our Senior Leadership Team.  October half term gives us the opportunity to train and mentor our Student Tutors in teaching a quality provision at Take Part, in a safe and informative way.

Read more

New Uniform Shop Now Live!

22 Oct 2020

From here you will be able to purchase our Take Part branded t-shirt (mandatory for all pupils) and optional uniform items hassle free.  Deliveries will come direct to your local school to be sent home with your child.

Read more

World Mental Health Day 2020

10 Oct 2020

Take Part recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective of the annual event is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to recognise efforts in support of mental health. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘mental health for all’.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but World Mental Health Day is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

Read more

Ghoul School 2020

08 Oct 2020

Endorsed by Derbyshire County Council, we bring you ‘Ghoul School’, for the 6th year running!!  … But this time it’s bigger, better … and cheaper!!

You provide the costume, we’ll provide the show – with industry professionals!!… and the games, and the prizes, and the arts, and crafts and competitions and lots and lots of fun!!!

… literally a 3-day halloween party in New Mills … and Glossop! 

Read more

New Bubbles Opening on Sat 10 October 2020

06 Oct 2020

Due to popular demand we are opening 2 new bubbles up on Saturday 10 October 2020. Our Stage 1 (Rec-Y2) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-14.30 and our Stage 2 (Y3-Y6) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-15.15. Both classes will be held at New Mills School, Church Lane.

So if your child likes all things singing, dancing and acting with a blend of wellbeing, please book now for your free trial.

Read more

Virtual Vocationals

05 Oct 2020

Zoom lessons and assessments in LAMDA Acting, Devising, Shakespeare, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public. Vocational qualifications from the comfort of your home.

Book now for your free trial during October half term.

Read more

Isolation Guidelines

17 Sep 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

Read more

Covid-19

26 Aug 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

Read more

A Day of Celebration

12 Aug 2020

More details about our ‘Bubble Performances’ with socially distanced audiences on Saturday 12 December will be coming very soon!

Read more

Back Face to Face

11 Aug 2020

Our face to face lessons resume this weekend to mark the start of the 20/21 academic year. New Mills classes recommence on Saturday 5 September and Glossop classes recommence on Saturday 12 September.

Read more

Brand new website

04 Aug 2020

Today we have launched our brand new website! From the website you will now be able to register your interest in classes directly for the first time ever and purchase uniform hassle free (coming soon)! There are a whole host of other features for you to enjoy.  We’ll let you look around and explore them for yourself.

Read more

Which Leanne Are You?

26 Aug 2021

I have been both a working mum and a full-time mum and BOTH can bring their challenges! As a full-time mum I experienced loneliness and guilt for wanting any ‘me time’ and as a working mum I gained the social connections however the guilt increased. On one hand, work is my ‘me time’ as I can have a thought process from start to finish without a million “Mum can you just…?”, “Mum can I have…?”, but the relaxation ‘me time’ is harder to find without the extra added guilt…

Read more

Are You Resting and Recharging?

20 Aug 2021

As a busy parent, I know what anxiety that may bring to a lot of people reading this blog.  I’ve managed to get some R&R with my family, touring Scotland in a camper-van, drinking plenty of tea – something I love doing, perfect! It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t set that goal months ago, and planned it! 

Read more

You’re Never Too Old to Take Part

13 Aug 2021

All age groups, from adolescents to older generations have suffered with social connection over the last 18 months. There are now high levels of anxiety and depression and our services can help people to overcome these barriers and gain a sense of belonging, and fun.

At Take Part we encourage parents and members of the local community to engage with Creative Arts and experience the physical, social and wellbeing benefits that they can provide. These sessions promote ‘play’ and ‘creativity’ in a world where we can often be so far removed from our primal instincts in these areas.

Read more

Community is at the heart of what we do at Take Part

06 Aug 2021

Creative Arts can help us express ourselves and help us relate to our feelings and emotions.  So if it’s singing, dancing, acting, vlogging, podcasting, centre stage, back stage, musical production, instruments, costumes or anything else… if you’re a child, a young person or a grown up, just lean in and Take Part!

Read more

How to download our NEW ticket app!

15 Jun 2021

How to download our NEW app to make booking your tickets quick and easy! The new quick and easy way to buy your Take Part Show tickets. Our new app allows you to easily buy tickets as well as be notified for when new tickets are available.

Read more

Take Part Trustees – We need you!

14 Jun 2021

The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

Read more

International Dance Day – Thursday 29 April

30 Apr 2021

International Dance Day (sometimes referred to as ‘World Dance Day’) is a worldwide event that celebrates all genres of dance.  

It was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – the world’s largest organisation for the performing arts.

Read more

National Shakespeare Day – Friday 23 April

20 Apr 2021

At Take Part we feel the Shakespeare exam structure really supports academic studies as well as Performing Arts. 
From as early as Year 4 your child can join our Shakespeare syllabus structure where they can explore the styles, form, character, context and subtext in order to realise the specific demands of the Shakespeare text in a solo private lesson.

Read more

The Unloading Bay

07 Apr 2021

The last Friday of every month, 19.30-20.30 we will be bringing you ‘The Unloading Bay’. A virtual space to hear and be heard, a setting to appreciate and be appreciated, a place where you are important and you matter.

This monthly 1-hour Zoom call will take the form of a group coaching session with me. An opportunity to focus on ourselves, paying attention to our thoughts and emotions and really reflect on the experience and maybe plan a course of action.

Read more

The Creation Station

We know that not every child wants to sing, dance or act so we are launching ‘The Creation Station’. We are introducing a club for the new generation of ‘creatives’ in order to reflect the jobs of the 21st Century. After Easter we bring you a world of Vlogging and Podcasting for those wanting to ‘take part’ and explore something different.

New Mills School – 16.30-17.15 on Tuesdays, commencing Tuesday 20 April 2021
Glossopdale School – 10.15-11.00 on Saturdays, commencing Saturday 17 April 2021

Read more

Autism Awareness Week

06 Apr 2021

It’s Autism Awareness Week so let’s support and learn more about autism together so we can make the world a safer and more inclusive place for all.

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

Our NEW Mental Health First Aider

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health. There are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and stop issues from getting worse, just as we do with our physical health.  We aim to support children, young people and adults to feel more confident in understanding mental health, and to take action to improve and manage how they are feeling. 

Read more

The Power of Pressing Pause

As we come out of lockdown, we encourage you to press pause, to stop and really think about your desires for the future.  How do you want your life to look? What’s important to you?  How does it align with your holistic wellbeing?  How are you going to manage the challenges that will be heading your way? 

Read more

Most Influential CEO 2021

Our CEO, Louise Coker, has been recognised as ‘Most Influential CEO 2021’ by CEO Monthly Magazine. An amazing achievement and we are excited to see many more great things from her.

Read more

There’s No Business Like Show Business…

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.
Our AAA Programme is for 16 – 21yrs and for those who are completely serious and dedicated to their craft. We partner with industry professionals, use the latest techniques, research and practises to ensure your young person is extremely well equipped to take on the ever-changing demands of this exciting industry.

Read more

Is Your Child Mentally Healthy?

At Take Part we have a role in raising awareness of mental health issues in the community and reducing stigma and discrimination.  As children head back to school and are faced with more changes to deal with, we appreciate that this may be a wobbly week for some.

Read more

A Search for Mentors to Take Part

04 Mar 2021

As we approach Transition season, Take Part are looking for young people in Year 9 and above who would be happy to help current Year 6’s on their transition journey up to high school.  Good Mentors are enthusiastic young people, who can relate to their own experience of moving up to high school and can empathise with others in this situation. 

Read more

Competition Winner

Well done to everyone who sent in their Creative Creations in our GET CREATIVE competition! We were absolutely blown away by your amazing work and we wanted to share it with everyone.

Read more

P&P Virtual Showcase

02 Mar 2021

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.

Read more

Self-care for this half-term

18 Feb 2021

Katie Sheen is a Mindfulness Teacher and Speaker. I attended one of her webinar’s this week and wanted to share some of her work with our families, at the end of a very challenging half term.

Read more

Love is in the air

Here at Take Part we’re all for spreading the love this Valentine’s Day!

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

How to Stay Occupied During Half Term

At Take Part we’re all about caring, sharing, daring and preparing so I’d like to share with you a few ideas for mixing it up with your children and young people over half term. 

Read more

Self-Tape Workshop

12 Feb 2021

Understanding how to set up, craft, and shoot a quality self-tape is such an important part of what we do at Take Part now.  This will also be a very useful skill as we move forward onto virtual assessments, auditions, interviews and casting processes. 

Read more

Good Luck Jess!

Our fabulous Performing Arts Tutor, Jess Jordan goes off on maternity leave on Friday this week. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Jessica and Andrew all the luck and love in the world on the birth of their baby girl, brand new little sister to Jasper. How exciting!

Read more

Sign2Sing Week

This week we are bringing you Sign2Sing week on Take Part TV.  It’s completely free of charge, all we ask that you help keep Take Part alive by supporting us with some likes, loves, shares and comments. Last week brought us 47 new subscribers to our YouTube Channel, lets see if we can double that this week.  Thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

National Storytelling Week

02 Feb 2021

So this week we are celebrating Take Part’s first virtual performance project on Take Part TV. We will be bringing you lots of entertainment over the next few weeks, just as you asked for in our survey.  Not only does this help our awareness and the ’save the arts’ campaign but it gives our performers a platform and a focus for their learning.  So thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

Blending Child Counselling Skills Through Our Programmes

23 Jan 2021

In Cathryn’s role of Head of School at Take Part, New Mills she brings all of her experience, skills and training and now her brand new qualification to embed child counselling beliefs and principals within the work we do to support our families.  

Read more

LAMDA Public Speaking – new for 2021!

02 Dec 2020

– Would you like to develop the confidence to deliver powerful and engaging speeches?
– Would you like to build the foundations of a successful Entrepreneur?
– Would you like to be more confident, positive, creative, resourceful and resilient?

If you’re interested in cultivating the mindset and developing the skills of an Entrepreneur, please do not hesitate to read on… even if you’re only in Year 4!

Read more

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Behaviour Support at Take Part

18 Nov 2020

From an early age Leanne Chance has been a performer. After an extremely successful 20 year performance career Leanne became a Mum… and everything changed. During lockdown Leanne has expended this knowledge by studying Child Psychology, gaining a level 5 qualification which covered areas such as Attachment, Social and Emotional Development and Moral Development. If you want to hear more about Leanne’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Speech Therapy & SEND Support at Take Part

12 Nov 2020

Roxy Verdon has a passion for Music as we know, but she also has a passion for inclusivity. Her student centred approach is one of the very many attributes she brings to our offer at Take Part. Speech Therapy is just one of the essential parts of Roxy’s delivery blended throughout her lesson plans, to ensure optimum communication whether through singing, acting or in every day life. Roxy’s pivot on Lockdown 1.0 was to enhance her Level 3 TA qualification through to a Level 5 whilst up-skilling her vocal qualifications. If you want to hear more about Roxy’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Visiting Industry Professionals

As part of the AAA/P&P ‘Show Business’ Tuesday Evening Programme we are hosting a series of Q&A’s with visiting industry professionals. This week we were delighted to start this off with the very special Elliot Ditton!

Elliot is a very talented designer and performing artist – his most recent work being Puppetry & Mask Deputy Assistant for The Lion King UK and Ireland Tour!

Read more

What is Louise up to behind the scenes?

09 Nov 2020

Whilst our Tutors are yet again transforming their face to face delivery into an extremely busy online timetable, Louise is applying for funding to deliver Take Part’s outreach services while adapting to challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis. At this pivotal moment, social entrepreneurs have a critical role to play in the UK’s economic and social recovery, and Louise is working on just that! Our CEO, Louise Coker is still accelerating Take Part’s growth, building resilience and looking at ways to create a deep and lasting impact within our more vulnerable communities.

Read more

Take Part Trustees

07 Nov 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that Trustees do, and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

Read more

Salford CVS membership

31 Oct 2020

Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; providing specialist information, advice, development support and opportunities for influence and collaboration. Due to the work we did on our transition programme with Salford schools throughout lockdown, Take Part have now been invited to be members of the Salford CVS. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Salford residents through grants and investments for youth projects, community learning activities, projects for disabled children as well as projects that promote health and wellbeing.

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Co-op Local Community Fund

We’re delighted Take Part has been selected to ‘take part’ in the Co-op Local Community Fund. We are one of three causes in the community which Co-op Members can select to support between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select Take Part and shop with the coop, the more funds we’ll receive to put our fabulous Creative Coaches in local schools for wellbeing workshops.

Read more

Teacher Training

24 Oct 2020

At Take Part we pride ourselves on quality education. The Take Part Teaching Standards have been designed to set out a basic framework within which our teaching staff operate.  Appropriate self-evaluation, reflection and professional development activity is critical to improving our teachers’ practice.  The standards set out clearly the key areas in which a Take Part teacher should be able to assess their own practice, and receive feedback from our Senior Leadership Team.  October half term gives us the opportunity to train and mentor our Student Tutors in teaching a quality provision at Take Part, in a safe and informative way.

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New Uniform Shop Now Live!

22 Oct 2020

From here you will be able to purchase our Take Part branded t-shirt (mandatory for all pupils) and optional uniform items hassle free.  Deliveries will come direct to your local school to be sent home with your child.

Read more

World Mental Health Day 2020

10 Oct 2020

Take Part recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective of the annual event is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to recognise efforts in support of mental health. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘mental health for all’.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but World Mental Health Day is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

Read more

Ghoul School 2020

08 Oct 2020

Endorsed by Derbyshire County Council, we bring you ‘Ghoul School’, for the 6th year running!!  … But this time it’s bigger, better … and cheaper!!

You provide the costume, we’ll provide the show – with industry professionals!!… and the games, and the prizes, and the arts, and crafts and competitions and lots and lots of fun!!!

… literally a 3-day halloween party in New Mills … and Glossop! 

Read more

New Bubbles Opening on Sat 10 October 2020

06 Oct 2020

Due to popular demand we are opening 2 new bubbles up on Saturday 10 October 2020. Our Stage 1 (Rec-Y2) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-14.30 and our Stage 2 (Y3-Y6) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-15.15. Both classes will be held at New Mills School, Church Lane.

So if your child likes all things singing, dancing and acting with a blend of wellbeing, please book now for your free trial.

Read more

Virtual Vocationals

05 Oct 2020

Zoom lessons and assessments in LAMDA Acting, Devising, Shakespeare, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public. Vocational qualifications from the comfort of your home.

Book now for your free trial during October half term.

Read more

Isolation Guidelines

17 Sep 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

Read more

Covid-19

26 Aug 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

Read more

A Day of Celebration

12 Aug 2020

More details about our ‘Bubble Performances’ with socially distanced audiences on Saturday 12 December will be coming very soon!

Read more

Back Face to Face

11 Aug 2020

Our face to face lessons resume this weekend to mark the start of the 20/21 academic year. New Mills classes recommence on Saturday 5 September and Glossop classes recommence on Saturday 12 September.

Read more

Brand new website

04 Aug 2020

Today we have launched our brand new website! From the website you will now be able to register your interest in classes directly for the first time ever and purchase uniform hassle free (coming soon)! There are a whole host of other features for you to enjoy.  We’ll let you look around and explore them for yourself.

Read more

Which Leanne Are You?

26 Aug 2021

I have been both a working mum and a full-time mum and BOTH can bring their challenges! As a full-time mum I experienced loneliness and guilt for wanting any ‘me time’ and as a working mum I gained the social connections however the guilt increased. On one hand, work is my ‘me time’ as I can have a thought process from start to finish without a million “Mum can you just…?”, “Mum can I have…?”, but the relaxation ‘me time’ is harder to find without the extra added guilt…

Read more

Are You Resting and Recharging?

20 Aug 2021

As a busy parent, I know what anxiety that may bring to a lot of people reading this blog.  I’ve managed to get some R&R with my family, touring Scotland in a camper-van, drinking plenty of tea – something I love doing, perfect! It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t set that goal months ago, and planned it! 

Read more

You’re Never Too Old to Take Part

13 Aug 2021

All age groups, from adolescents to older generations have suffered with social connection over the last 18 months. There are now high levels of anxiety and depression and our services can help people to overcome these barriers and gain a sense of belonging, and fun.

At Take Part we encourage parents and members of the local community to engage with Creative Arts and experience the physical, social and wellbeing benefits that they can provide. These sessions promote ‘play’ and ‘creativity’ in a world where we can often be so far removed from our primal instincts in these areas.

Read more

Community is at the heart of what we do at Take Part

06 Aug 2021

Creative Arts can help us express ourselves and help us relate to our feelings and emotions.  So if it’s singing, dancing, acting, vlogging, podcasting, centre stage, back stage, musical production, instruments, costumes or anything else… if you’re a child, a young person or a grown up, just lean in and Take Part!

Read more

How to download our NEW ticket app!

15 Jun 2021

How to download our NEW app to make booking your tickets quick and easy! The new quick and easy way to buy your Take Part Show tickets. Our new app allows you to easily buy tickets as well as be notified for when new tickets are available.

Read more

Take Part Trustees – We need you!

14 Jun 2021

The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

Read more

International Dance Day – Thursday 29 April

30 Apr 2021

International Dance Day (sometimes referred to as ‘World Dance Day’) is a worldwide event that celebrates all genres of dance.  

It was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – the world’s largest organisation for the performing arts.

Read more

National Shakespeare Day – Friday 23 April

20 Apr 2021

At Take Part we feel the Shakespeare exam structure really supports academic studies as well as Performing Arts. 
From as early as Year 4 your child can join our Shakespeare syllabus structure where they can explore the styles, form, character, context and subtext in order to realise the specific demands of the Shakespeare text in a solo private lesson.

Read more

The Unloading Bay

07 Apr 2021

The last Friday of every month, 19.30-20.30 we will be bringing you ‘The Unloading Bay’. A virtual space to hear and be heard, a setting to appreciate and be appreciated, a place where you are important and you matter.

This monthly 1-hour Zoom call will take the form of a group coaching session with me. An opportunity to focus on ourselves, paying attention to our thoughts and emotions and really reflect on the experience and maybe plan a course of action.

Read more

The Creation Station

We know that not every child wants to sing, dance or act so we are launching ‘The Creation Station’. We are introducing a club for the new generation of ‘creatives’ in order to reflect the jobs of the 21st Century. After Easter we bring you a world of Vlogging and Podcasting for those wanting to ‘take part’ and explore something different.

New Mills School – 16.30-17.15 on Tuesdays, commencing Tuesday 20 April 2021
Glossopdale School – 10.15-11.00 on Saturdays, commencing Saturday 17 April 2021

Read more

Autism Awareness Week

06 Apr 2021

It’s Autism Awareness Week so let’s support and learn more about autism together so we can make the world a safer and more inclusive place for all.

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

Our NEW Mental Health First Aider

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health. There are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and stop issues from getting worse, just as we do with our physical health.  We aim to support children, young people and adults to feel more confident in understanding mental health, and to take action to improve and manage how they are feeling. 

Read more

The Power of Pressing Pause

As we come out of lockdown, we encourage you to press pause, to stop and really think about your desires for the future.  How do you want your life to look? What’s important to you?  How does it align with your holistic wellbeing?  How are you going to manage the challenges that will be heading your way? 

Read more

Most Influential CEO 2021

Our CEO, Louise Coker, has been recognised as ‘Most Influential CEO 2021’ by CEO Monthly Magazine. An amazing achievement and we are excited to see many more great things from her.

Read more

There’s No Business Like Show Business…

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.
Our AAA Programme is for 16 – 21yrs and for those who are completely serious and dedicated to their craft. We partner with industry professionals, use the latest techniques, research and practises to ensure your young person is extremely well equipped to take on the ever-changing demands of this exciting industry.

Read more

Is Your Child Mentally Healthy?

At Take Part we have a role in raising awareness of mental health issues in the community and reducing stigma and discrimination.  As children head back to school and are faced with more changes to deal with, we appreciate that this may be a wobbly week for some.

Read more

A Search for Mentors to Take Part

04 Mar 2021

As we approach Transition season, Take Part are looking for young people in Year 9 and above who would be happy to help current Year 6’s on their transition journey up to high school.  Good Mentors are enthusiastic young people, who can relate to their own experience of moving up to high school and can empathise with others in this situation. 

Read more

Competition Winner

Well done to everyone who sent in their Creative Creations in our GET CREATIVE competition! We were absolutely blown away by your amazing work and we wanted to share it with everyone.

Read more

P&P Virtual Showcase

02 Mar 2021

Our Performance and Preparation Programme is for Years 10 and 11 to prepare for performing arts colleges and schools and/or to build high quality skills in the creative arts.

Read more

Self-care for this half-term

18 Feb 2021

Katie Sheen is a Mindfulness Teacher and Speaker. I attended one of her webinar’s this week and wanted to share some of her work with our families, at the end of a very challenging half term.

Read more

Love is in the air

Here at Take Part we’re all for spreading the love this Valentine’s Day!

Some of our Triple ‘A’ students have been looking at monologues from plays where their character’s aren’t necessarily having the best time when it comes to love… let’s face it, it’s not a day worth celebrating for everyone.  Erin’s character is ‘still waiting’, Eleri’s character is desperately trying to prevent a boy from breaking up with her and Jazz’s character discusses the ill treatment of women from men (Othello – Act 4 Scene 3).

Read more

How to Stay Occupied During Half Term

At Take Part we’re all about caring, sharing, daring and preparing so I’d like to share with you a few ideas for mixing it up with your children and young people over half term. 

Read more

Self-Tape Workshop

12 Feb 2021

Understanding how to set up, craft, and shoot a quality self-tape is such an important part of what we do at Take Part now.  This will also be a very useful skill as we move forward onto virtual assessments, auditions, interviews and casting processes. 

Read more

Good Luck Jess!

Our fabulous Performing Arts Tutor, Jess Jordan goes off on maternity leave on Friday this week. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Jessica and Andrew all the luck and love in the world on the birth of their baby girl, brand new little sister to Jasper. How exciting!

Read more

Sign2Sing Week

This week we are bringing you Sign2Sing week on Take Part TV.  It’s completely free of charge, all we ask that you help keep Take Part alive by supporting us with some likes, loves, shares and comments. Last week brought us 47 new subscribers to our YouTube Channel, lets see if we can double that this week.  Thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

National Storytelling Week

02 Feb 2021

So this week we are celebrating Take Part’s first virtual performance project on Take Part TV. We will be bringing you lots of entertainment over the next few weeks, just as you asked for in our survey.  Not only does this help our awareness and the ’save the arts’ campaign but it gives our performers a platform and a focus for their learning.  So thank you in advance for supporting us with Take Part TV!

Read more

Blending Child Counselling Skills Through Our Programmes

23 Jan 2021

In Cathryn’s role of Head of School at Take Part, New Mills she brings all of her experience, skills and training and now her brand new qualification to embed child counselling beliefs and principals within the work we do to support our families.  

Read more

LAMDA Public Speaking – new for 2021!

02 Dec 2020

– Would you like to develop the confidence to deliver powerful and engaging speeches?
– Would you like to build the foundations of a successful Entrepreneur?
– Would you like to be more confident, positive, creative, resourceful and resilient?

If you’re interested in cultivating the mindset and developing the skills of an Entrepreneur, please do not hesitate to read on… even if you’re only in Year 4!

Read more

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Behaviour Support at Take Part

18 Nov 2020

From an early age Leanne Chance has been a performer. After an extremely successful 20 year performance career Leanne became a Mum… and everything changed. During lockdown Leanne has expended this knowledge by studying Child Psychology, gaining a level 5 qualification which covered areas such as Attachment, Social and Emotional Development and Moral Development. If you want to hear more about Leanne’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Speech Therapy & SEND Support at Take Part

12 Nov 2020

Roxy Verdon has a passion for Music as we know, but she also has a passion for inclusivity. Her student centred approach is one of the very many attributes she brings to our offer at Take Part. Speech Therapy is just one of the essential parts of Roxy’s delivery blended throughout her lesson plans, to ensure optimum communication whether through singing, acting or in every day life. Roxy’s pivot on Lockdown 1.0 was to enhance her Level 3 TA qualification through to a Level 5 whilst up-skilling her vocal qualifications. If you want to hear more about Roxy’s improved skill set to bring to the pupils of Take Part please read on.

Read more

Visiting Industry Professionals

As part of the AAA/P&P ‘Show Business’ Tuesday Evening Programme we are hosting a series of Q&A’s with visiting industry professionals. This week we were delighted to start this off with the very special Elliot Ditton!

Elliot is a very talented designer and performing artist – his most recent work being Puppetry & Mask Deputy Assistant for The Lion King UK and Ireland Tour!

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What is Louise up to behind the scenes?

09 Nov 2020

Whilst our Tutors are yet again transforming their face to face delivery into an extremely busy online timetable, Louise is applying for funding to deliver Take Part’s outreach services while adapting to challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis. At this pivotal moment, social entrepreneurs have a critical role to play in the UK’s economic and social recovery, and Louise is working on just that! Our CEO, Louise Coker is still accelerating Take Part’s growth, building resilience and looking at ways to create a deep and lasting impact within our more vulnerable communities.

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Take Part Trustees

07 Nov 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that Trustees do, and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. The Take Part Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and work together to make important decisions about Take Part’s outreach work. At Take Part we encourage young people and adults of all backgrounds to participate in Performing Arts activities, addressing key life skills. All our outreach projects cover confidence building, resilience and character education, focusing on our linked Global Goals; Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education.

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Salford CVS membership

31 Oct 2020

Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; providing specialist information, advice, development support and opportunities for influence and collaboration. Due to the work we did on our transition programme with Salford schools throughout lockdown, Take Part have now been invited to be members of the Salford CVS. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Salford residents through grants and investments for youth projects, community learning activities, projects for disabled children as well as projects that promote health and wellbeing.

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Co-op Local Community Fund

We’re delighted Take Part has been selected to ‘take part’ in the Co-op Local Community Fund. We are one of three causes in the community which Co-op Members can select to support between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select Take Part and shop with the coop, the more funds we’ll receive to put our fabulous Creative Coaches in local schools for wellbeing workshops.

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Teacher Training

24 Oct 2020

At Take Part we pride ourselves on quality education. The Take Part Teaching Standards have been designed to set out a basic framework within which our teaching staff operate.  Appropriate self-evaluation, reflection and professional development activity is critical to improving our teachers’ practice.  The standards set out clearly the key areas in which a Take Part teacher should be able to assess their own practice, and receive feedback from our Senior Leadership Team.  October half term gives us the opportunity to train and mentor our Student Tutors in teaching a quality provision at Take Part, in a safe and informative way.

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New Uniform Shop Now Live!

22 Oct 2020

From here you will be able to purchase our Take Part branded t-shirt (mandatory for all pupils) and optional uniform items hassle free.  Deliveries will come direct to your local school to be sent home with your child.

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World Mental Health Day 2020

10 Oct 2020

Take Part recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective of the annual event is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to recognise efforts in support of mental health. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘mental health for all’.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but World Mental Health Day is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

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Ghoul School 2020

08 Oct 2020

Endorsed by Derbyshire County Council, we bring you ‘Ghoul School’, for the 6th year running!!  … But this time it’s bigger, better … and cheaper!!

You provide the costume, we’ll provide the show – with industry professionals!!… and the games, and the prizes, and the arts, and crafts and competitions and lots and lots of fun!!!

… literally a 3-day halloween party in New Mills … and Glossop! 

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New Bubbles Opening on Sat 10 October 2020

06 Oct 2020

Due to popular demand we are opening 2 new bubbles up on Saturday 10 October 2020. Our Stage 1 (Rec-Y2) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-14.30 and our Stage 2 (Y3-Y6) Theatrical Experience afternoon bubble will take place 13.00-15.15. Both classes will be held at New Mills School, Church Lane.

So if your child likes all things singing, dancing and acting with a blend of wellbeing, please book now for your free trial.

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Virtual Vocationals

05 Oct 2020

Zoom lessons and assessments in LAMDA Acting, Devising, Shakespeare, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public. Vocational qualifications from the comfort of your home.

Book now for your free trial during October half term.

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Isolation Guidelines

17 Sep 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

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Covid-19

26 Aug 2020

In line with government advice surrounding preventive measures to protect against spreading of Covid-19 we have prepared full risk assessments for both of our sites. Find out more here.

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A Day of Celebration

12 Aug 2020

More details about our ‘Bubble Performances’ with socially distanced audiences on Saturday 12 December will be coming very soon!

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Back Face to Face

11 Aug 2020

Our face to face lessons resume this weekend to mark the start of the 20/21 academic year. New Mills classes recommence on Saturday 5 September and Glossop classes recommence on Saturday 12 September.

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Brand new website

04 Aug 2020

Today we have launched our brand new website! From the website you will now be able to register your interest in classes directly for the first time ever and purchase uniform hassle free (coming soon)! There are a whole host of other features for you to enjoy.  We’ll let you look around and explore them for yourself.

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