Busybodies Stage School
The Sycamores
Shipdham Road
Toftwood, Dereham
NR19 1PU
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About Us




Busybodies opened in 1984 by Miss Nickie the Principal. Working as the sole teacher Miss Nickie established an excellent reputation with examining boards and All England Festivals as her pupils gained outstanding results. 

In the early 1990's Miss Nickie married and started a family. The school continued developing and the teaching faculty expanded.

Many past students are teachers, 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.

Miss Nickie is an international examiner of 20years and her expertise supports the teaching faculty of highly qualified and outstanding staff follow the schools vision. Teaching staff hold professional performance experience, outstanding teaching qualifications with the internationally recognised exam boards and develop students through outstanding professional classes.  Examinations are offered annually in RAD Ballet, IDTA tap, modern, jazz and LAMDA 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.  


The World is our Stage.

Mrs Kate Parsons

Miss Amber McQuillan

Mrs Natalie Armstrong

Miss Lara Blake

School Principal       Mrs  Nichola  West

ALAM,  LLAM (Dip Hon's).

ARAD (Dip Hon's) fully registered /qualified teacher 

(Royal Academy of Dance, mentor)

AIDTA  fully registered/qualified teacher.


BA(Hons) First class  - Business management and Leadership.

Winner Sir John Daniel Award 2019


International  Examiner

Royal Academy of Dance - Teacher mentor

RAD Regional Advisory Committee. 


Adjudicator and Business Forum Advisor

(Public Speaking-  Communication Skills Tutor/Advisor)

Head of Creative UK.  

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.