Tread The Boards is a family run, one of a kind Performing Arts school staffed by creative professionals dedicated to passing on their skills to the next generation of performers. It's a positive, energetic place where we all enjoy developing our talents and personalities as part of a team. 

York's Independent Performing Arts School Since 2006

In our classes at Oaken Grove, students from 6-16 years spend two hours learning Dance, Drama and Music in separate lessons with a specialist teacher for each subject. They are taught in age groups, with lesson content and themes tailored towards their abilities and interests.

A wide variety of styles are taught in all subject areas, and recent themes have included physical theatre, mask work, dance choreography, voice and movement, and harmony. We place great importance on building skills and techniques including voice production, posture and expressive movement. Devising and improvisation are very important, teaching students to think quickly and creatively as individuals, as well as developing problem solving skills together as a team. Ideas are valued and students are encouraged to have creative input into their own work from the beginning.

Each summer, Senior school work together on a fully costumed production incorporating Dance, Drama and Singing; promoting a strong sense of teamwork and achievement. 2020's show will be The Tempest. 

Age: 6 - 16 years
Fees: £14 per week (payable termly) £4.50 extra for Masterclass (payable termly) 25% sibling discount.
At Oaken Grove: Every Saturday (term time) Main school: 10.15am - 12.15pm Master Class: 12.15pm - 1.15pm



The Master Class runs as an extra to the Senior School and is open to all children who attend from age 6 upwards. This extra hour focuses on the development of musical theatre skills, with students exploring a different musical each term. This extra hour gives students the chance to quickly advance the skills they are learning and explore a wide variety of roles and characters from popular shows whilst having fun together and working towards a short performance.

Every Saturday 12.15pm - 1.15pm at Oaken Grove.


“I would just like to thank you for the wonderful enthusiasm, opportunities, fun, and overwhelming support you have given to J from day 1.  We had tried many performing arts classes before coming across TTB and J immediately felt part of the TTB family from her first trial.  The students were so welcoming and it was such a lovely family atmosphere that J fell in love with coming straight away and immediately made some wonderful friends."

EH, parent


Meet The Teachers

Alison North


Alison is a prize winning playwright and qualified secondary school teacher with many years of practical experience in directing, acting and production.

Her recent productions include Jane Eyre, Nevermore and original play 7.20. Alison's three children have attended Tread The Boards (She was so impressed, she took over the company!) 


Meg Owen-Smith


Meg has competed in Ballet, Freestyle and Musical Theatre styles in competitions all over the Yorkshire area and holds a Musical Theatre diploma.

She has performed in professional productions such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Recently you might have seen her on stage in Les MiserablesThe Addams Family Musical and The Wizard of Oz at The Grand Opera House.


Robin Morgan


Robin is a former student of Tread The Boards, who has gone on to perform with York Light Youth Company (Les Miserables, West Side Story, Barnum, Hairspray) and with York Musical Theatre Company in 13. He is also lead singer in two bands and regularly performs in rock, jazz and musical theatre styles.



All staff have extensive practical backgrounds in the performing arts and are Enhanced DBS checked.

All of us regularly write, record and perform in York and around the UK, believing that the best way of leading is by example!

Guest teachers will occasionally visit to provide specialist skills eg: sword combat/instruments or to substitute in case of unavailability. These teachers are all DBS checked and qualified to a high standard.