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10 February 1945

Barbara Speake

+44 20 8743 1306

10 February 1945

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Barbara Speake

Barbara Speake Stage School

Independent schoolDay schoolCo-educational school

East Acton LaneActon, LondonW3 7EGEngland

E Acton Ln, London W3 7EG, UK

Local authority
Ealing London Borough Council

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The Barbara Speake Stage School was opened on 10 February 1945 and remains one of the longest established stage schools in the world. It is an independent school, and was initially set up as a dancing school, by the present principal Miss Barbara Speake, MBE, and located in East Acton, London. The school is fee-paying but non-selective in its admissions.


In 1961, June Collins joined forces with Barbara Speake to become the school's agent. Collins supplied the entertainment industry with children for every major production in the West End, TV and Theatre. Due to the success of both the agency and dancing school in 1963 the decision was made to turn their successes in to a full-time educational establishment for the performing arts. Collins discovered Jack Wild playing football and decided that he was a child with potential, and persuaded his family to let him attend the full-time school. Wild went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of "the Artful dodger" in "Oliver".

One of its founders, Barbara Speake, went on to receive an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in the New Years Honours list of 2007, for her services to the arts. Collins died on her 98th birthday on 6 November 2011.

The School currently has 125 pupils aged 3 1/2 to 16 and is the only stage school providing a "Stage School" Nursery, allowing the children to grow in confidence and self-esteem via the arts.


Over the years, Collins had an eye for talent, and with Speake, the school has helped to develop some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including:

  • Super model Naomi Campbell
  • Child actor and television presenter Keith Chegwin
  • Drummer, lead singer of Genesis, solo artist, music producer, actor (and June Collins' son) Phil Collins
  • Comedian, actor, singer and presenter Brian Conley
  • Actress and singer Michelle Gayle
  • Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah
  • Film producer David Parfitt
  • Casting director Mark Summers
  • References

    Barbara Speake Stage School Wikipedia

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