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About Newson Academy


About Newson Academy

Newson Academy is an independent speech and drama school offering a wide range of after-school classes, workshops and performance opportunities for children and young people aged 4 to 18 years. We are based in West Byfleet, Surrey and attract pupils from across Surrey including, Woking, Pyrford, Ripley, Weybridge, Cobham and Sunningdale.

We aim to help young people develop and realise their full potential in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Our limited class sizes ensure that each child receives individual attention from our professional, qualified and caring team. All our teachers are CRB checked.

What makes Newson Academy different?

  • We are not part of a big nationalised organisation or tied to set curriculum
  • We are focused purely on speech and drama which means we can get the best results
  • We have maintained a 100% LAMDA pass rate since 2009
  • Friendly small classes bring out the best in each pupil whatever their ability. Everyone is a star at Newson Academy!

We currently hold classes at The Arbor Centre in Pyrford, Addlestone Community Centre and The Maybury Centre in Woking. 

Meet the founder

Jo Anne Newson BA (Hons), LAMDA P Cert Lam

Founder and Principal 

Jo is a professional actor and singer who has appeared in theatre, television, film and commercials. She is a qualified Speech, Drama and LAMDA teacher and has taught in both state and private schools as well as teaching private pupils across Surrey and Berkshire. 

Jo started Newson Academy in 2007 and since then has built up a thriving speech and drama school. Jo welcomes all pupils to the academy and is committed to providing an environment where all students can reach their potential. 

Jo is CRB checked and a registered chaperone. 

Skills for life!

Speech and Drama classes provide many opportunities for development. Here are just a few of the many skills that are associated with good speech and drama teaching.