Specialist Sixth Form for
Performance & Production Arts

THE JAM ACADEMY has an innovative approach to education.  By really getting to know the individual, JAM enables students to achieve more than they ever thought possible.  JAM understands creativity, and the standard at which the creative & performing industries are working, because all of their staff are working professionals.

 

Through an inspiring environment created by enthusiastic and passionate teachers, THE JAM ACADEMY produces confident, well rounded graduates with mature attitudes who are multi-skilled and have huge potential to work in the industry.  They are therefore snapped up by performing arts Conservatories, Universities or Employers.

 

THE JAM ACADEMY offers opportunities usually only seen at degree level: weekly specialist teachers, master classes with top industry professionals, designing and building sets for professional shows, studio recordings, workshopping new musicals, and numerous performance opportunities are offered to students every single term.

‘In 2004 I was asked by Mark to write a musical for a group of 16 – 18 year-old students.  This show was the start of our partnership in mixing professionals with those in training, more commonly found at drama and dance schools.  The musical was performed in a professional theatre, with a professional producer, visiting production designer & manager, choreographer and lead actor.

As writer and director it was remarkable to see the transformation in the young people’s professionalism and commitment to the process.  This was because those professionals not only training them, but working alongside them through the development of this original production.  Fourteen years later and this is now a regular part of the culture of Jam.  The buzz of creativity generated by students and professional staff working together permeates in everything we do.'

‘Many parents worry about their children entering the creative industries: Is there work? Will they have security? But what most people don’t know is how much of a success story our industry is in this country.  The creative industries in the UK contribute over £85 billion to the UK economy.  The rate of growth of the creative industries has been greater than the overall UK economy every year since 1997, despite our country going through a recession.

So to choose the arts, you are not only embarking on a fulfilling life, but a world of work with huge opportunities - if you can be versatile. The Jam Academy is passionate about students having the skills in their chosen fields, but equally young people need to enter the industry with a strong sense of business understanding and academic skills.’

Mark

Hartley

Curriculum Director

Jo

Noel-Hartley

Principal

Artistic Director

Jam Theatre Studios

Jo started her creative life as a child prodigy musician at the age of 3 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, training as professional pianist and acting before being invited to work in London.  Jo has worked professionally in the music and entertainment industry for over 20 years, working on TV shows such as BBC series Fame Academy, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, German Pop Idol, Big Brother, Little Britain, BBC's The One and Only, and Terry Gilliam’s film starring Heath Ledger & Johnny Depp, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.  During her career as a composer, musician and singing coach she has worked with artists including Sting, M People, Damage, Shania Twain, Lionel Ritchie, Lemar, Spice Girls, Mel B, and currently trains and directs individual West End singers.  Jo’s Vocal Workout CDs sell worldwide and as a composer/writer she is published by Faber Music, Bloomsbury Press and Samuel French.  As a writer, she was thrilled to have her first West End show performed in 2011, and more recently her musical ‘Dream Street’ has been performed Off Broadway.

Mark trained as a professional musician at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before working as a professional musician, composer, musical director, production designer for theatre and eventually a theatre producer.  Touring plays nationally as a producer, he opened his first play in London SOLT theatre at the age of 24.  Continuing to work in production design and management, he started to work within education and specifically BTEC vocational qualifications.  Over the last 16 years Mark has worked as an educational consultant in the creative arts, building new music technology facilities, supporting departments through to grade 1 OFSTED inspections, working as a BTEC Verifier and Centre Quality Verifier, a consultant with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for Creative and Media Diplomas and as a writer for the world’s largest educational publishers - Pearson, writing three books and educational DVDs.

SPECIALIST
SIXTH FORM

The Jam Academy

The Jam Academy

&  Jam Creative School