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New leader for arts school

Posted on June 30 2017 at 11:23:46

James with kids


Students at the Bromsgrove Stagecoach School are embarking on an exciting new journey as they prepare to work with a new performing arts leadership team, following the retirement of the school’s principal.

James Suckling, who has run the school for 17 years, passed ownership to Leah Alcock during an emotional handover. Student Shannon Mangan presented James with a special medal, similar to the one students receive after every full years’ attendance.

James had combined running Stagecoach in Bromsgrove with the running of Stagecoach Edgbaston, as well as teaching music and working as a musical director for operatic societies across the Midlands.

A combination of getting older and working full-time during the week resulted in his decision to sell his Bromsgrove Stagecoach franchise.

“This was not an easy decision,” said James. “I spent some time talking to people from the profession before handing over to Leah.

“She has worked for Stagecoach for over ten years and also works as a performing arts teacher at a school in Redditch. Her passion for the performing arts will help create an even stronger Stagecoach school in Bromsgrove.”

Leah’s plans include more performance opportunities and the launch of school holiday workshops. These start with a summer performance workshop running from July 31 to August 4. 

Stagecoach takes place on a Sunday morning at St John’s Middle School. For more information call 01527 868636 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Above: James Suckling and Leah Alcock with Bromsgrove students.

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