Bexhill College

Bexhill College Performing Arts Academy

The Performing Arts Academy offers exceptional teaching and facilities to our students so that each individual develops their full potential in singing, dancing, acting and performance. The Academy's student population is a diverse community united by a shared passion for creating performances.

We have our own fantastic teaching and performance venue in the Izzard Theatre, opened in 2013, and the Academy prides itself on the professional standard of its productions, some of which may be attended by industry professionals.

Our belief is that the Academy's close links with the profession will keep our training relevant and accessible to young people developing their talents in a range of performance related skills.

Among the many things which are indicative of the Academy is the level of personalisation throughout all the training - the skills of highly experienced specialists ensure we provide training that meets the needs of each student. The students in the Performing Arts Academy are taught by talented tutors, including visiting tutors who are current West End performers, who maintain strong links with the industry.

Students also benefit from workshops with visiting professionals and are able to develop their skills through the numerous plays, musicals and recitals staged during the academic year.


Many students from the Performing Arts Academy have gone on to prestigious Drama Schools and enjoy successful careers in the Performing Arts industries. The last two years have seen graduates gain places including scholarship places on a range of prestigious performing arts courses, including places at:

  • LIPA (Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts)
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Urdang Academy
  • Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts
  • PPA (Performance Preparation Academy)
  • Manchester University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Chichester University


Bexhill College offers talented students a range of extremely successful courses which have produced some exceptional performers.These courses include:

  • A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
  • A Level Dance
  • A Level Music
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Dance
  • BTEC Extended and Subsidiary Diplomas in Music Performance
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts (Stage Management)

Students are not required to take one of the qualifications listed to be part of the Performing Arts Academy, as some students become part of the programme by selecting to take part in College plays, musicals or bands as their Enrichment activity.

The Performing Arts Academy is thriving due to its passionate, talented and dedicated students and we expect the same high standards in all our Performing Arts students.

The Izzard Theatre

The Izzard Theatre complex was opened in December 2013 by world-renowned Hollywood actor and comedian Eddie Izzard. Creating this exceptional industry-standard performance space gives Bexhill College the best possible facility in which to showcase our talented students.

The Izzard Theatre is a 200-seat theatre incorporating the latest lighting and sound equipment, a rehearsal studio, green rooms and music recording and editing suites.

Local and touring theatre companies, as well as Eddie Izzard and other performers, also choose to perform in the Izzard Theatre, such are the quality of the facilities.

Highlights from the last year:

Performing Arts students from 2014-15 had the opportunity to perform alongside West End stars on stage in a Gala Show during the grand opening weekend of the Izzard Theatre as a key highlight. Over the last academic year, students had many other opportunities to gain performance experience, including:

  • Carousel
  • Cinderella - first ever pantomime performed in the Izzard Theatre
  • Spring Awakening
  • After Shakespeare - a gritty selection of short modern adaptations of four of Shakespeare's plays
  • Rock Challenge dance competition
  • The Great War - three self-devised pieces inspired by WWI

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