About Us

Busybodies opened in 1984, establishing an excellent reputation with examining boards and All England Festivals. Pupils gained outstanding results. In the early 1990s, the teaching faculty expanded.

Many past students are professional actors, dancers and practitioners and they frequently return to Busybodies for workshops. The school benefits from a wide range of professionals working as examiners, actors on television and stage and in various other disciplines in the arts that support the pupils.

Teaching staff hold professional performance experience, outstanding teaching qualifications with internationally recognised exam boards and develop students through outstanding professional classes.  Examinations are offered annually in RAD Ballet, IDTA tap, modern and jazz and Trinity drama, with Busybodies being the only fully registered school in Dereham offering this service.


Our wide range of experience in dance, drama and music allows us to guide our pupils in their chosen careers.  

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Mrs Kate Parsons


Principal   Nichola West

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Mrs Amber Lee-McQuillan

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Miss Jessica Randall

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Miss Alicia Randall

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Director Mrs Armstrong 

Teachers' qualifications:

Trinity College London LTCL Teaching / Performing

ALAM,  LLAM (Dip Hon's).

ARAD (Dip Hon's) fully registered & qualified teacher status.

AIDTA fully registered & qualified teacher status.


BA(Hons) First class 

UK & International Examiner

MA Educator in Technology Enhanced Learning

Adjudicator and Business Forum Advisor

Public Speaking Tutor & Advisor

Progressing Ballet Technique

Silver Swans Royal Academy of Dance

Busybodies' vision is for every child wishing to study performing arts to be given equal access to its high standards of professional training, allowing young people to follow their dreams. Busybodies aims to develop its students' personal confidence, communication abilities and life skills.

The school fully supports community links and endeavours to maintain its high ethical standards.