New Preschool drama club starts next Monday 23rd April at Fleet Meadow Community Hall, Didcot. Contact us for more details!

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet”      Prof. Stephen Hawking

If you are teaching from a place of love and compassion you are making a difference.”  Janea Dahl – Drama Educator

NEWS – Boost! are delighted to welcome Piers to our team!

Our Year 5 daughter’s love of Drama has blossomed over the last two years thanks to Mr Heyworth’s fun, inspiring and passionate approach to teaching the subject……….
Parent of two children at The Manor
……. She speaks about his lessons with enormous enthusiasm and a real twinkle in her eye, which is lovely to see. We have watched her confidence grow and grow.
Parent of two children at The Manor
Your ability to give the children confidence and self-belief through the way they use their voices and act is fantastic……..
Parent of Y6 girl 2017
….. your help in preparing F for the Demosthenes Public Speaking Competition at Bradfield College was the best thing for her! She and her friend had to entertain an audience of 150, had them in stitches and won the whole competition!
Parent of Year 6 Girl 2017
What a fabulous 10 years we enjoyed with you as Headmaster. We particularly loved our Drama classes…..
The K Family
……and your fantastic help with the Public Speaking competition at Blenheim Palace, where you helped change us from pretty average speakers to the eventual winners . The Manor has been very lucky to have you.
The K Family
Thank you so much for helping me with my Headington Drama Scholarship and encouraging me to push myself by acting and singing. I hope you come and see me when I am in the West End!
SJ - Year 6 student
I wanted to thank you so much the time you spend supporting S through her time at The Manor and in particular your support and dedication to her applying for the Drama scholarship at Headington for which I’m hugely grateful………..
Former Parent
……. S joined The Manor a quiet child and left with confidence and full of happiness.
Former Parent
Mr Heyworth’s ability to enthuse children about public speaking and inspire them to deliver their very best is astonishing. E’s composure on the evening was fantastic to see and she spoke beautifully thanks to his expert guidance.
Parent of two children at The Manor
I love your drama lessons – they are always funny and surprising.
Year 3 student
Drama with you was one of my favourite things to do; it was a way to express yourself and really helped me to become more confident acting in front of others.
Former Pupil
I so loved your drama lessons: improvising sketches really inspired me and I am applying for education with English and Drama at Cambridge! I will never forget those drama lessons.
Former Pupil
Piers Heyworth has been Headmaster at The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon for 11 years. He is retiring from this role at Christmas but is not a man to rest on his laurels!  Piers has a passion for theatre and drama and is a very talented public speaker.After studying English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, he taught English and Drama at Latymer Upper School (a school with a dynamic dramatic tradition, producing such stars as  Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Mel Smith). Piers wrote and directed countless musical comedies there; he has continued writing and directing throughout his career, both as teacher and Headmaster.

As Head of English at James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich, he set up the school’s annual Poetry Festival, where Piers   developed a great interest in helping children develop their ability to speak aloud. He also prepared pupils for all their public speaking exams.

At The Manor he has continued teaching Drama and, encouraged by LAMDA training, has developed an even greater interest in public speaking, becoming the voice coach of his students as they entered the Winston Churchill Public Speaking Competition at Blenheim Palace (winning it three times ).  His pupils also won the prestigious Demosthenes Speaking Competition at Bradfield College, where they were required to entertain 150 members of the audience ‘in the manner of an after-dinner speaker’, no mean feat for 11-year-olds!

We are immensely proud that Piers has chosen to join us, offering coaching for both children and adults for LAMDA exams in Speaking Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public as well as Acting. He will also be available to coach students for other public speaking challenges such as presentations in the work place and, of course, public speaking competitions.

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