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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. Additionally, all our teachers are CRB /DBS checked.

What makes Newson Academy different?

  • We are not part of a big nationalised organisation or tied to a 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
  • Our small classes of no more than 8 students result in personal attention for every student
  • Our classes are affordable and we offer sibling discounts and multi-class discounts
  • Everyone is a star at Newson Academy!

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

Performance Opportunities

Woking Speech & Drama & Music Festival in November

Godalming Speech & Drama & Music Festival in January

Richmond Speech & Drama & Music Festival in April

Our students enter at all levels and in a wide range of categories, including verse speaking, prose reading, individual and group acting, improvisation, and sightreading. Although there is a competitive element to the festival, we emphasise on the fun of taking part and the unique thrill of performing in front of an audience.

Examinations offered



LCM Music Exams

Trinity College

Our students may take exams as the Academy is registered as a private LAMDA centre. 

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.