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Redroofs Theatre School
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26 Bath Road


Coordinates 51°31′20″N0°44′08″W / 51.52215°N 0.73559°W / 51.52215; -0.73559 Coordinates: 51°31′20″N0°44′08″W / 51.52215°N 0.73559°W / 51.52215; -0.73559
Type Independent day school
FounderJune Rose
Local authorityWindsor and Maidenhead
SpecialistPerforming Arts
Department for Education URN 110167 Tables
Head teacherSamantha Keston
Gender Coeducational
Age10to 18

Redroofs Theatre School is an independent theatre training school in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

Maidenhead town and unparished area in Berkshire, England

Maidenhead is a large market town in Berkshire, England, on the south-western bank of the River Thames. With an estimated population approaching 68,000, Maidenhead is the largest town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and fourth largest town in Berkshire. As the crow flies, the town is situated 25.7 miles (41.4 km) west of Charing Cross, London, 11.7 miles (18.8 km) northeast of the county town of Reading, 28.3 miles (45.5 km) southeast of Oxford, 8.0 miles (12.9 km) east-south-east of Henley-on-Thames and 5.8 miles (9.3 km) northwest of Windsor.

Berkshire County of England

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The school was established in 1947 in London and moved to Littlewick Green in 1964 into a house that was once the home of Ivor Novello. The school currently has two bases in Maidenhead, and two theatres in Littlewick Green and Ascot respectively. Redroofs comprises a full-time school for talented children (10–18 years), a part-time school of approximately 400 and an agency open to all pupils.

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Former pupils

Redroofs Theatre School in 2009 Redroofs Theatre School.jpg
Redroofs Theatre School in 2009

Alumni include: [1]

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  1. "Alumni". Redroofs Theatre School. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  2. "Exclusive: Sexy Ali Bastian quits cop show for ballroom blitz". Sunday Mail. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  3. Katja Hofman (9 March 2003). "Kate Winslet: Last year I worked for seven weeks - the rest of the time I'm a mum". The Independent . Retrieved 14 May 2011.