Barbara Speake Stage School
2017/18 Scholarship Applications are now available1“Pupils’ achievement in the performing arts is outstanding due to consistently good and outstanding teaching” (Ofsted).2“Pupils’ behaviour and personal development are exemplary” (Ofsted).3

Miss Barbara M Speake, MBE

A life time of dedication

Miss Barbara M Speake went to a local dancing school, held at St. Dunstan’s Hall pre-war and passed Grade IV RAD Ballet at the age of 10. On returning to London after a short evacuation she resumed dancing and passed Grade V at 14. At 19 she passed the Advanced exam as a performer and at 23 became the youngest person to pass the Advanced Teachers’ Certificate of the Royal Academy.

On February 10, 1945 at the tender age of 16 Miss Barbara M Speake opened a dancing school at St. Dunstan's Hall. In 1961, June Collins began running the theatrical Agency. In 1963 the full time School was opened due to the many professional engagements June Collins was obtaining for the students.

In 1983 Miss Barbara M Speake purchased the Freehold of the present site at St. Dunstan’s Hall and since then has extended the building further by building extra classrooms & studios to add to the 200 seat auditorium.

Hundreds of former pupils are still in the entertainment industry, ranging from stand-up comics, TV Presenters, Shakespearian actors, dancers, pop stars, casting directors, along with BAFTA and Oscar winning directors.

Miss Barbara M Speake has never married or had any children, but considers herself as being incredi-bly lucky in the people she has had and still has around her.

Miss Barbara M Speake was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours list of 2007 for services to Drama.

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