The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts is delighted to bring PQA to West Kirby this September

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PQA Wirral West is a weekend performing arts academy based at West Kirby Grammar School, offering a range of fun and exciting classes every Saturday for ages 4-18. To experience a taste of our action-packed academy day, we’re delighted to invite you to our launch event on 23rd September 2023. You might even win a whole term of free classes!

PQA was founded by Pauline Quirke MBE, with one main aim in mind: “When we opened our first Academy in 2007, our simple mission was to provide the very best in performing arts education. By working with people who are outstanding in their field, we aim to bring the widest, most exciting experiences to our students in an environment that is both friendly and rewarding.”

It’s time to get creative


The academy will be headed up by actor Principal Rob Lyon, who has been running PQA Wirral East, for 10 years. PQA Wirral West offers a whole range of opportunities in theatre, music, dance and filmmaking, through which young people can develop and grow.

The performing arts is a wide and vibrant industry and students will learn life-changing skills in our three modules: Comedy & Drama, Film & Television and Musical Theatre.

He said: “As we go into our 10th year at PQA Wirral East, I am excited to be launching our 3rd academy on the Wirral. PQA Wirral West is a place for children and young people who have a passion for performing arts or just want to grow in confidence and become well rounded young people! I can’t wait to welcome our new students on 23rd September, for what promises to be an exciting year of incredible opportunities!”

Amazing opportunities await


As well as many in-house productions and showcases, we offer amazing opportunities to celebrate student’s hard work and achievements. They’ll get the chance to see their own short film on the big screen at the cinema, where they get to walk down the red-carpet just like the Hollywood stars.

Another highlight is the West End performance. PQA Wirral West will join other academies from around the UK to come together and create a spectacular show at His Majesty’s Theatre – home of Phantom of the Opera. It’s truly amazing to see our students experience the thrill and buzz of taking to the stage in such a fantastic venue.

Join us for a free taster session


At PQA, we believe that the performing arts can have a huge, positive impact on young people. Through our ethos of ‘Be Yourself, Be Amazing’ our students have the confidence to put themselves out there, the creativity to think differently and the community to feel supported whilst doing so.

Our FREE open day takes place at 9.45am on Saturday 23rd September 2023 at West Kirby Grammar School, CH48 4DP.

To find out more and sign up, visit: or contact Principal Rob at

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