F.A.Q


How do I find out more?

Simply give me a call on 07792 309992, drop me an email to info@chrismarlow.co.uk or use the 'Contact' form on this website.

Do you offer a free 'taster' session?

Yes, I do offer a free 'taster' session. Contact me on 07792 309992 or info@chrismarlow.co.uk to book the session, which will usually be online. Lasting approximately 20 minutes, you can ask any questions and sample something of a 'proper' lesson without any obligation. 

Do you offer speech & drama classes?

No, sorry, classes are not offered. Instead, I offer 1:1, 2:1 or small group tuition to ensure personalised attention and rapid progress. 

What are your charges for lessons?

GCSE & A LEVEL TUITION

  • Lessons can be taken in person in Lancaster or online. 
  • For 1:1 private lessons fees start from £30 per hour or £15 per half hour.
  • Fees can be paid by cash, debit/credit card or via online banking. These are due at the time of the lesson, except for online tuition when fees should be paid 24 hours in advance of the lesson.

SPEECH & DRAMA LESSONS

  • Lessons can be taken in person in Lancaster or online. 
  • For 1:1 private lessons fees start from £30 per hour or £15 per half hour.
  • 2 people can share a lesson, in which case the total fee is from £40 per hour or £20 per half hour.
  • For groups of 3 and above please contact me for a quotation .
  • Fees can be paid by cash, debit/credit card or via online banking. These are due at the time of the lesson, except for online tuition when fees should be paid 24 hours in advance of the lesson.

Do you charge termly?

No, there are no termly or up-front fees. Lessons are paid for on the day they are taken, except for online lessons which must be paid for 24 hours in advance.

What's the minimum age for children to start speech & drama lessons?

Children can start lessons from age 5 or so. However, as each child is different, this is not set in stone, so please contact me if you are interested in tuition for your child. 

Do you teach musical theatre/singing?

No, but I know someone who does! Contact Alison Marlow 07811 239780 for full information, and see her website www.edudance.co.uk. Alison teaches musical theatre to  children and adults, either online or in person in Lancaster. These lessons are either 1:1 sessions or small private groups of your making.  And they're great fun!

Do you teach speech & drama to adults?

Yes! Adults are very welcome.

In fact, adults comprise about half of my work, with pupils ranging from absolute beginners to professional performers or teachers. They span an impressive age range, 18-70+ years, so age is absolutely no barrier to speech and drama work. Moreover, it's a great way to keep mentally and physically fit since it stresses the importance of correct breathing , relaxation, imagination and creativity. Plus, it's great fun; lessons are always relaxed and with plenty of laughs.

 

Are there any drama performance opportunities?

Yes, there are plenty of performing opportunities including:

  • auditioning for amateur dramatic groups

  • auditioning for the National Youth Theatre 

  • joining local speakers clubs

  • entering speech and drama festivals

  • competing in debating and public speaking events

  • taking speech and drama examinations with LAMDA  (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art), LCM (London College of Music) or TCL (Trinity College London).

  • joining an agency for actors. We have close links with leading agencies in the North West and in London and can advise accordingly. 

  • If you also enjoy dancing or fancy learning to dance, why not get in touch with Alison? She offers a full range of classes and lessons in Ballroom, Latin-American, Sequence, Ballet,Tap etc for beginners, improvers and advanced dancers. Visit www.edudance.co.uk for full details. 


Can I obtain qualifications in speech and drama?

  • Yes, you can opt to take graded exams in a range of subjects such as Speech & Drama, Acting, Speaking Verse & Prose, Public Speaking, Devised Drama and Mime. While most pupils enjoy the ladder of progression and sense of achievement provided by these exams, they are, however, entirely optional.

  • These Ofqual-regulated exams, similar to those available in music and dance, can be taken with LAMDA, the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (www.lamda.ac.uk), London College of Music (www.lcme.uwl.ac.uk) and Trinity College London ( www.trintycollege.com). If you have a particular interest in performing Shakespeare, the RADA Shakespeare Awards, from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (www.rada.ac.uk), are also available. 

  • Success at Grades 6,7 & 8 attract UCAS points which are a useful supplement to those gained from A level/ BTEC etc. qualifications. For example, Distinctions at Grade 6, 7 & 8 are worth 12, 16 & 30 UCAS points respectively.

  • Beyond Grade 8, you can progress to diploma examinations in Performance and/or Teaching pathways, such as the level 4 ATCL (Associate, Trinity College London) or the level 6 LTCL (Licentiate, Trinity College London) diplomas. These qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF); level 4 is equivalent in demand to a first year undergraduate degree, while level 6 equates to a third year undergraduate degree. 

When can I start lessons?

You can start lessons at any time of the year. We simply agree a mutually convenient time and off we go. There is no need to book a course or minimum number of lessons.

Prior to starting tuition please read the following Terms and Conditions. These will also be sent to you by email, along with a Registration Form which should be completed and returned before your first lesson. If any details subsequently change, such as emergency contact information, please inform me. Thank you.

Terms & Conditions

FEES PAYABLE
Fees shall be calculated at £30 per hour of tutoring or pro rata. Fees may be adjusted from time to time and shall become effective after having given the Student seven days’ written notice.
PAYMENT
Online tuition must be paid for twenty four hours in advance of the lesson. Payment for in-person tuition must be made no later than immediately upon completion of a lesson .Payments can be made by cash, debit/credit card or via online banking.
LESSON CANCELLATION
The Student may cancel a lesson up to 24 hours before the scheduled time without charge. Lessons not attended or cancelled without giving prior notice to the tutor shall be charged at full rate. If the Tutor cancels a session for any reason and at any time prior to the start of the session, the Tutor agrees to refund the Student any pre- payment for that session or to apply that payment to a future session that the Tutor and the Student agree upon.
LATE ARRIVAL AND CHANGE OF SCHEDULE
Fees are calculated according to the scheduled time agreed by the Tutor and the Student. No adjustment to fees shall be made for time lost because of late arrival by the Student or early termination of a session by a Student. Any time lost because of the late arrival of the Tutor shall be compensated for by extending a lesson by mutual agreement and by such amount of time that was lost.
OBLIGATIONS OF THE TUTOR
  • The Tutor undertakes to do all preparation prior to lessons and to structure lessons in such a way as to optimize time to the benefit of the Student.
  • The Tutor shall keep confidential all information of the Student and shall contact other parties involved in the education of the Student only if given written permission to do so.
  • The Tutor shall not assign any of his/her duties or obligations under this tutoring contract to a third party without the written permission of the Student.
OBLIGATIONS OF THE STUDENT
  • The Student undertakes to assist the Tutor in identifying problem areas in which the Student needs specific tutoring.
  • The Student agrees to provide their own materials needed for each tutoring session (e.g. paper, pencil etc).
  • The Student agrees that assignments, exercises or homework form an integral part of tutoring and undertakes to complete such work timeously.
NO WARRANTIES
The Tutor makes no promises with regard to a Student’s performance as a result of the tutoring provided.
TERMINATION
This tutoring agreement may be terminated by either party at any time by giving the other party seven days’ prior written notice.
MINORS
Where the Student is a legal minor, the Parent/Guardian shall enter into this tutoring agreement on behalf of the Student and shall accept and agree to all the terms and conditions contained herein on behalf of the Student.



What if I need to cancel a lesson?

Please cancel a lesson by text or phone call (07792 309992) giving at least 24 hours notice, in which case no fee is payable. However, lessons cancelled without such notice will be chargeable in full, unless exceptional circumstance prevail.

What are your charges for business coaching and workshops?

As these services are usually bespoke, please contact me (07792 309992 or info@chrismarlow.co.uk ) to discuss your specific requirements and for a quotation.

What are your term dates for 2021/2022?

 Term ends on Friday 23 July 2012. Happy holidays everyone !  The term dates for 2021/2022 are below:


TERM DATES 2021/2022

AUTUMN 2021

  • First day of term
1st Sep 2021

  • Half Term
25th Oct 2021 - 29th Oct 2021

  • Last day of term
17th Dec 2021

  • Winter holidays
20th Dec 2021 - 3rd Jan 2022

SPRING 2022

  • First day of term
4th Jan 2022

  • Half Term
14th Feb 2022 - 18th Feb 2022

  • Last day of term
1st Apr 2022

  • Easter/Spring holidays
4th Apr 2022 - 18th Apr 2022

SUMMER 2022

  • First day of term
19th Apr 2022

  • Half Term
30th May 2022 - 3rd Jun 2022

  • Last day of term
22nd Jul 2022

  • Summer holidays
25th Jul 2022 - 31st Aug 2022