Student Handbook 2019-2020

Student Handbook 2019/2020















Autumn Term

Leger Dance Festival                           –           14th 15th / 21st 22nd September 2019

Firework Dance Festival                      –           19th 20th October 2019

A.G.S.S Dance Festival                        –           2nd 3rd / 9th 10th November 2019

Cinderella – Staff Panto                       –           13th 14th 15th December 2019

Spring Term

Annie – Junior Production                   –           24th 25th 26th January 2020

Inter Play                                             –           7th 8th February 2020

Senior Play                                          –           14th 15th February 2020

Hull Musical Dance Festival                –           15th – 22nd February 2020

Dogfight – Senior Musical                  –           28th 29th February 1st March 2020

Guys and Dolls

Tue & Wed Junior Musical Theatre    –           6th 7th 8th March 2020

Sat A & B Musical theatre                   –           13th 14th 15th March 2020

Visually Impaired Performers show    –           20th 21st March 2020

ISTD Modern & Tap Exams                 –           23rd – 26th March (TBC)

Junior Drama Showcase                      –           3rd, 4th 5th April 2020

Grease (Hull Truck Theatre)               –           8th – 10th April 2020

Summer Term

Adult Play                                            –           24th 25th April 2020

ISTD Ballet Exams                               –           5th – 7th May 2020 (TBC)


Mon Inter Musical Theatre                 –           1st 2nd May 2020

Wed Inter Musical Theatre                 –           8th 9th May 2020

Sat Inter Musical Theatre                   –           15th 16th May 2020

Senior Drama Showcase                     –           22nd 23rd 24th May 2020

Billy! – Adult Musical Theatre            –           6th 7th June 2020

Junior Play                                           –           12th 13th June 2020

Senior Play                                          –           19th 20th June 2020

Northern Stars (Middleton Hall)        –           27th 28th June 2020 (TBC)

Inter Play                                             –           3rd 4th July 2020

Junior Song and Dance Showcase      –           10th, 11th 12th July 2020

Senior Song and Dance Showcase      –           16th, 17th 18th July 2020

LAMDA & LCM Exams                         –           July 2020 (TBC)



Main Reception – General Enquiries/Bookings/Messages

Address           NAPA, Anlaby Road, Hull, HU1 2PD
Tel                   01482 310690

Carl Wheatley – Chief Executive


Barbara Dawson – Business Manager


Jamie Wilks – Administrator / Production Manager


Katie Wright – Engagement and Education Officer


Julie Lovewell – Head of Dance


Paddy Start– Head of Musical Theatre


Paul Connell – Head of Drama


Any other members of staff you may wish to contact can be reached via the main reception.



The Northern Academy of Performing Arts is a registered children’s charity based in Hull (Charity Number 1076867). This non-profit making organisation is run by a charitable trust with the following objectives:

“To foster, encourage and provide opportunities for young people to participate, increase their confidence and enjoy being involved in creative performing arts activities.”

Since NAPA opened there has been a steady increase in student numbers and classes. We have approximately 650 pupils enrolled on a wide variety of courses including ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre, drama, and vocal coaching.

In addition to this NAPA has an amazing Outreach programme working with approximately two thousand two hundred Primary School children across our City.

Accreditation of students’ work is an important aspect of NAPA’s lessons, with the emphasis on ensuring that they feel suitably rewarded for their learning. Progression is built into the syllabus and students are given achievable goals that lead on to further learning and achievement.

Alongside exam work, we endeavour to provide students with performance opportunities. It is important to us that pupils gain a full understanding in all aspects of their chosen field.

Finally, whether your child attends NAPA with aspirations to become a professional within the industry, as an extra-curricular activity, or just as a fun hobby, we aim to facilitate all their needs to the highest standard, in a safe, happy environment, above all providing an enjoyable experience throughout their time with us.



As a student at NAPA we aim to give you all the support and guidance you need to achieve success and enjoyment. The Code of Conduct is a guide to show you what we expect from students at the Academy so that we can help you to develop and have fun in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

  • Behave and speak in a way that does not offend others e.g. using foul/abusive language, sexist/racist behaviour or anti-social behaviour. This applies to all areas of the Academy.
  • Students must endeavour to try their best at all times and attend classes with a positive attitude.
  • Dress in a way that does not offend others. Hooded tops must not be worn with the hood up.
  • Treat everyone with respect. Any form of bullying will be treated seriously and may lead to exclusion from the Academy.
  • Be on time and attend all lessons (unless absence is explained or agreed).
  • Treat all Academy property with respect.
  • Mobile phones may not be used in class – They must be switched off.
  • Do not take any food, drink or snacks into classrooms.

(Bottled drinks are allowed)

  • Do not distract/disrupt the education of others.
  • Dispose of litter responsibly by using bins located around the Academy.
  • You should always behave in a professional manner and be a good example to younger students.
  • Always arrive to lessons suitably prepared to work.
  • Always leave the studio in the condition you would wish to find it.
  • Tap shoes must not be worn outside of studios, for health and safety reasons.
  • Telephone and computer stations are for staff use only.

Any gross misconduct or deviation from these rules may result in exclusion from the academy.


We are proud at NAPA to be able to offer our students the fantastic facility of our studio theatre. It gives them great performance opportunities and the options to come and watch live theatre.  In order to ensure the smooth running of the box office we would like you to note the following rules.

  • All bookings must be paid for in advance – no reservation will be made without payment.
  • Payments can be made by cash credit/debit card at the NAPA reception or via the box office booking line (01482 310690).
  • No refunds given on ticket purchases. Exchanges may be given at FOH manager’s discretion.
  • Any tickets not collected at the start of the performance may be resold – unless prior arrangement is made with the front of house manager.
  • Concessionary rates only offered to NAPA Students
  • Children age 4 and above require a ticket and their own seat. Under 4 they may sit on the parent’s knee
  • The use of cameras and recording equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • Late arrivals permitted only at the FOH manager’s discretion.
  • Drinks taken into the auditorium must be in plastic glasses/bottles.
  • No food permitted in the auditorium.
  • If your child is in a production, please make sure they arrive and are collected at the times given.


Our fully licensed bar offers a range of refreshments and snacks as well as hot and cold food. Ideal for students arriving straight from school and parents waiting for children in lessons.

Opening Times

Monday                       4.00pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday                       4.00pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday                 4.00pm – 8.00pm
Thursday                     4.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturday                      9.15am – 2.00pm

On performance nights the bar is also available 1 hour before the show start time and during the interval.

Please note – Your own food and drink may not be consumed in the bar area.


The NAPA wardrobe department offers a hire facility for fancy dress, festivals, school plays and any other costume requirements.

For more details see the wardrobe staff or ask at reception.

Any costume donations to the wardrobe are welcomed.


For every public performance we stage, NAPA needs chaperones to supervise backstage. This is done by staff and parent volunteers. For this you need a licence issued by the Hull City Council. If you are interested in helping NAPA and becoming one of our registered chaperones for shows, please speak to a member of staff.


As a charity, NAPA relies on the support of volunteers across all areas. If you feel you have the time and any skills that you could offer NAPA that would benefit the organisation and its students, we would welcome your assistance. Whether it be volunteering as a chaperone for shows, helping in wardrobe, leaflet dropping, handy with a screwdriver or paint brush please speak to us.

We can’t express how much we appreciate and value your help.


NAPA cannot accept any responsibility for items being lost or stolen whilst you are in our building. Please think twice; do you really need to bring valuable items with you?

A tray will be provided in each studio for you to place your phones/purses/ or anything of value in. But it is every student’s responsibility to take care of their own possessions.

Any items found within the building will be kept in lost property which is located at the main reception. Ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you have a look. Items such as jewellery / phones will be kept in the CEO’s office.


NAPA is always pleased to receive feedback, positive or otherwise. If you are not satisfied with any of the services we provide please make your concerns known to us.

Contact          Carl Wheatley CEO, NAPA, 50 Anlaby Road, Hull, HU1 2PD

Tel                   01482 310690




By signing the enrolment form you are accepting NAPAs payment terms and conditions.

Changes you need to know about for this this academic year:

  • We are pleased to inform you that there will be no price increases again this year. NAPA is a not for profit charity who’s aim is to be affordable for all
  • Unfortunately to enable us to maintain our low fees we will not be continuing to offer a 5% discount for students who pay a half term in advance.
  • But due to high demand in your feedback we are reintroducing the monthly Standing Order method of payment.
  • Alternatively, you can still pay your fees weekly/half termly by cash or card at the school reception or by card via the telephone.
  • We are no longer requesting Adult Class fees to be paid half termly in advance, adults can now pay weekly, but will need to pay an enrolment fee like all other students.

Terms and Conditions


  • Once enrolled into a class all fees must be paid for regardless of attendance.
  • Should a student decide to leave mid-term fees will be payable to the end of that half term.
  • If at any point you choose to leave or change a class, you must inform Annie or Barbara (not just the teacher) this will ensure you are taken off the register and do not accrue any further costs.
  • Class fees must be paid in advance, not in arrears, failure to pay means the student could lose their place in the class
  • Prior to each new term beginning any outstanding arrears must be cleared.
  • NAPA does NOT accept American Express cards or Cheques

If you ever need more information or help regarding paying NAPA class fees, do not hesitate to contact us.

Barbara Dawson, Tel: 01482 310690


The Northern Academy of Performing Arts
Educational Trust
Anlaby Road

t: 01482 310690
f: 01482 212280