The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and originated from Australia in 1979. Helen O’Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, hired a hall in a Perth suburb and commenced after-school drama classes for children. Her aims were to provide self-development through a drama programme for children to encourage:
- Enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life
- Ongoing confidence
- Self esteem
- Skill in verbal communication
- Effective social interaction
The Helen O’Grady Drama System for children became the basis for further expansion and since 1979, the remainder of Australia and New Zealand have been introduced to the Helen O’Grady Academies as well as Africa, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Zambia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, USA, South Africa and the United Kingdom — Including Ireland, Europe and the Gulf States.
The Exeter Academy is managed and led by the Principal Clare Salter and currently has 150 children in its classes. All classes are capped to keep numbers small and allow for the teacher to give maximum attention and focus to all students within their class.
Our aim and ethos is that every child should be encouraged to find their voice; to be able to speak confidently and express themselves freely. Our children often remain with us all the way through to 16, developing with us. Whilst not a stage school, we do offer performance opportunities alongside our curriculum to help develop confidence and creativity. Find out more about our class content in the Classes tab above.