A theatre school principal has celebrated ten years as a self employed franchisee.
To mark the decade milestone, Pat Davison, who runs a Stagecoach Theatre School in Beighton, Sheffield, was presented with a pair of crystal champagne glasses by Stagecoach director Mansoor Ishani.
Pat received the gift at the Stagecoach annual conference, held this year in Chipping Norton.
Reflecting on how she came to run the school, which provides drama, dance and singing classes for children, She said: “I was originally a maths teacher, then retrained to do primary after I’d had my children.
“I’ve always acted, but I never expected to end up self employed. It’s great to be your own boss.”
Pat found out about Stagecoach when her hairdresser mentioned she’d seen them win franchisor of the year, and knowing Pat ‘did drama’, thought she might be interested - and she was.
Focusing on the highlights of running a Stagecoach school for the past ten years, Pat said: “It certainly isn’t easy, and through the recession we had to work hard to keep the numbers up.
“However, the highlights outweigh the challenges when children get distinctions in their exams, and turn in excellent performances.
“We’ve also taken the school out to do showcases at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and to see our 25th anniversary production of CATS at Birmingham NIA. The children always love these big events.
“We also have our quiet successes - children who don’t like to sing in public finding they want to do solos, plus all the children who’ve achieved individual exam grades, sometimes exceeding their hopes.”
“Running a Stagecoach school isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. I just hope the kids have as much fun at Stagecoach as I do.”
The Stagecoach Theatre School Beighton runs performing arts classes for four to 18-year-olds, at Westfield Sports College on Eckington Road, Beighton.