About SCHOOL STAGE
School Stage is an install specialist providing stage lighting and sound systems for schools, places of worship and community buildings. We specialise in school sound and vision, but also provide audio visual equipment, equipment hire, servicing, technicians and training including school stage safety. We understand the needs of our clients and provide quality equipment and service on time and within budget.
From a couple of spotlights or upgrading existing equipment right through to installing equipment for an entire concert hall, School Stage offers the same attention to detail with every job. Forward-looking and forward-thinking, School Stage is a small and friendly company who are knowledgeable, helpful and practical. The next time you're considering an investment in your organisation, call the industry specialists… call School Stage.
I wanted to turn our basic hall into a colourful environment where children could put on productions. School Stage helped us achieve this.
Stephen Scott, Cathedral School
- Stage Lighting
- School Sound and Vision
- School Stage Safety
- Sound Systems
- Sound System Installation
- Audio Visual Equipment
- Projector Systems
- Stage Curtains and Tracks
- Electrics and Rigging
- Maintenance and Training
- Equipment Hire
- Training (including instructing children)
- Technician and Engineer Support
PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS • COMMUNITY HALLS • PLACES OF WORSHIP • COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
ACCREDITED BODIES & ASSOCIATIONS
School Stage is a member of several professional bodies within its trading sector. Compliance with the correct accredited associations ensures that we do our very best to combine quality workmanship with regulated Health & Safety protocol.
NICEIC is the electrical contracting industry's independent voluntary body for electrical installation matters throughout the UK.
We are Full Premier Members of PLASA, an international organisation for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries.
ABTT: The Association of British Theatre Technicians
We're members of the ABTT, an organisation who care about a safe and successful theatre industry.
CHAS: Contractor's Health & Safety Assessment Scheme
Accredited Contractor for the Contractor's Health & Safety Assessment Scheme.
Part of the Register of Companies tried, tested and trusted by the education sector.
We're accredited by this UK Government Certification Service.
- Stage Lighting
- Sound Systems
- School Sound and Vision
- Audio Visual Equipment
- Projectors & Screens
- PA System Installation
- Stage Curtains & Tracks
- Electrics, Design & Build
- Drama Studios
Maintenance & Servicing
- Maintenance of Existing and New Installations
- Service Contracts
- Help & Advice
- Mobile Stages
- Staging Systems
- Stage Safety
- Stage Lighting
- Sound Systems
- Audio Visual Equipment
Technical Support & Training
- Staff Training
- Training and Instructing Students and Children
- Technical Support
- Technician & Engineer Personnel Hire
- Emergency Support
- Call Outs
Whether you've an enquiry about upgrading your existing equipment, would like to create a new system from scratch or, you're thinking about investing in a major installation, our friendly and knowledgeable team can help. Here are some examples of what we can do…
- Village Halls
- Community Centres
- Places of Worship
- School Halls
- Existing Stage Systems
- Basic Stage Set Ups
- Replacement Lighting
- Sound Systems
- Stage & Mood Lighting
- Recording & Drama Studios
Simple but effective lighting and sound system
Lighting & audio visual system
Small stage with curtain and track backdrop plus multi-coloured lighting
Small halls and learning areas can be turned into exciting performance spaces with simple systems. Our design team can help you achieve results way beyond your expectations whilst keeping within your budget. We can also upgrade existing systems by combining the equipment you already have with the very latest technology. Our control systems are easy to use enabling you to be creative with light and sound within minutes.
- Concert Halls
- Design Builds
- Control Rooms
- Drama Theatres
- Performance Spaces
From School Hall to Concert Hall
Typical stage set up
Our experienced team can transform any school hall or community building into a fully functioning concert hall opening up endless possibilities for superior performances, professional events and ceremonies. Installed to the highest standards, your existing hall or open space could even become a new source of income generation.
- Mobile Stages
- Outdoor Events
- Equipment Hire
- Technician Support
Outdoor LIVE event
School Stage make school productions, open-air concerts and community events happen. Our skilled professionals cover everything right down to the last detail. We also provide equipment hire, engineers and technician support. Even if it's just some advice you require, we'll always be pleased to hear from you.
CLIENTS WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US
Our clients have great things to say about us and the services we provide. In this short video, we show some of the school sound, lighting and production work we do plus some comments that we have received about the quality of our services and how we bring vision to become a reality.
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
"The increased space and ambient lighting creates a completely different tone and atmosphere and makes the whole thing visually arresting."
Mr Stubbing Esq, Headmaster, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Thomas Buxton Primary School
"School Stage installed sound and lighting in two halls at Thomas Buxton Primary School several years ago. Staff and children regularly use the facilities and School Stage contintue to maintain and make sure the equipment is working perfectly. "It brings children's imagination to life."
Trinity Methodist Church
School Stage work in areas other than just the eduction sector. We've installed systems within churches and places of worship, community and youth centers. In this video, personnel from Trinity Methodist Church explain how pleased they are with the equipment we installed and reflect upon the new opportunities it has created.
Sir Thomas Abney Primary School
'We can use our new facility in so many ways; school events, productions, staff training and it's transformed our assemblies. We can also use it as a teaching resource. It's made an incredible difference. School Stage are really easy to work with - they even came in to do some bespoke training with our children'
Lynn Willis, Assistant Head Teacher
Gladesmore Community School
'The things we can do now and the possibilities are endless. We have school musicals, concerts, galas, awards ceremonies and special events. Everyone who comes to see this performance space is instantly impressed'
Tyrone Lowe, Music Teacher
Cathedral Primary School
"I wanted to turn our basic school hall into a colourful environment where children could put on productions. School Stage have definitely helped us achieve this"
'Absolutely sensational... the quality of the finish and the quality of the equipment is just superb. I couldn't have imagined our facility could look this good'
Dick Jaine, Head Teacher
School Stage can provide technical support and production services for all kinds of events. An example of this is the 'Value Life Festival' organised by Gladesmore School. Watch the video to see how we provided the staging, PA and audio, lighting, power, logistics, technical personnel and support for this wonderful outdoor event.
NEWS FROM SCHOOL STAGE
Welcome to our news pages. Here you'll find regular updates about the company, new equipment, our latest work projects and more in-depth information about recently completed projects. We'll keep you up-to-date with what's happening within our sector.
- Channels 67 to 69 (838MHz to 862MHz) will be discontinued for radio microphone use.
- Channel 38 (606MHz to 614MHz) is now the new home for Radio Microphones.
- Most systems using channel 69 are not able to be re-tuned to channel 38 so will need to be replaced.
- Channel 38 users will still require an annually charged license.
- No annual license fees
- Excellent sound reproduction
- Interference free
- Simple and easy set up and use
- 30m+ range
- Strong durable construction
Les Mis at Cardinal Vaughan
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School put on a fantastic production of Les Miserables in December 16 and we were proud to supply and engineer their sound and lighting for the show.
"Taking on the school’s version of Les Miserables last year was a huge challenge, especially as our school converts the dinner hall into a theatre each year. We had a large cast of very talented, musical young adults, so it was important that the technical side did not let them down. School Stage did a magnificent job; they were creative and accommodating during initial meetings, and were positive and energetic throughout. Both the sound engineer and the lighting director provided were experienced and knew the show well; they were only there for two rehearsals before the opening night, and had the many complicated musical cues for effects down pat before then. They worked tirelessly and were incredibly flexible in terms of the late hours we needed them to work. The lighting was the most creative and effective we’d ever had, really helping to tell the story, the cues were taken amazingly sharply and the sound was spot on. Ben and Richard were the best creative team we’ve ever had – and they had the hall empty and spotless a few hours after the final bows."
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
New School Stage Leaflet
School Stage have produced a new leaflet to promote our services. You can view it here as a PDF.
The main picture on the front is of our installation at Mandeville school where we created a new interactive learning space for children with special needs.
The inside picture is of a fantastic production of Les Miserable performed at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in July 16 where we did the sound and lighting using 12 sets of radio headset mics with the sound and lighting system that we installed in 2014.
The picture on the back is of a classical concert we lit for the Highgate Music Festival.
Kobi Nazrul Video Testimonial
Kobi Nazrul primatry School in East London had lighting, sound, star curtain and mirror ball installed. Here Headteacher, Belinda Kind and some of her students show how happy they are with their fantastic new equipment.
Staff room converted into schools new drama studio!
Cambridge School is a small Special Needs secondary school in Shepherd’s Bush. They cater for students with Speech, Language and Communication needs, Learning and Cognition difficulties and students with complex needs, including Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues.
They asked School Stage to come in and transform the space that was once a staffroom into a performing arts space!
A full installation of lights, sound, curtains and general electrical works were provided to achieve this. We also advised on construction materials, paint finishes and floor coverings in order for the school to manage independently.
Hall “transformed” at Orchard Primary!
Orchard Primary is a school in North Watford which aims to give children a happy and secure learning environment in which everyone is treated with kindness and respect.
They came to School Stage with a completely empty space and wanted to transform the space into an area where they could put on performances and get the children more involved.
School Stage installed a new stage, curtains and upgraded their lighting and sound system!
“The whole school absolutely love the new stage. We’ve used it in every assembly and the wow factor, when you come into the hall now is just incredible. Paul (and me but especially Paul) love playing with the lights, he’s already made several different settings so that every assembly has a completely different feel. The children couldn’t believe it when the lights danced to the music!!
We have our open evening tonight where parents are invited in to see their child’s teacher. We start this evening off in the hall so it will give the parents an opportunity to see the amazing stage, lights and sound in action.
Thank you so much for all that you and your team did over the summer. The transformation from what it was to what it looks like now has been great. I know that the current set up will be used every day to ensure that the children’s experiences at Orchard are significantly improved”
Pield Heath House School Installation Completed
Pield Heath House School is a non-maintained, co-educational school for young people with special educational needs between the ages of 7 and 19 years, recognised by the DfE under the Trusteeship of The Sisters of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
They came to School Stage as we have a great understanding of special needs schools, and wanted a performance space that met their requirements and understood the children’s needs.
The installation included lighting, sound and curtains.
“School Stage did a wonderful job upgrading and installing new stage equipment at our school for students with learning difficulties. Chris was very professional and responsive and truly added value to the project by demonstrating his very clear understanding of the challenges experienced by students with special needs. He made several very valuable recommendations which have definitely improved the usability of the resource for our students. School Stage were always on time, the project was completed within the timescale set and to a very high standard with a number of 'extras' included. The subsequent support and training provided has been very professional, well delivered and much appreciated, Chris and team have gone out of their way to respond to ad-hoc questions and requests quickly and efficiently. I have no hesitation in recommending School Stage."
Sue Wheeler (Marketing Executive)
Come with us now on a journey through time and space!
At Mandeville School children come first. Their overall aim is to provide an educational environment which celebrates the uniqueness of every child. They are flexible and responsive to the complex needs of each pupil and guide their learning to enable them to succeed.
As a School with Children with special needs, Mandeville required a unique space where the children could interact and learn. The hall was completely transformed with immersive lighting and projection to make the space completely different to anything done before.
"The intuitive design reflects the needs of pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties and is particularly sensitive to pupils with autism and/or visual impairment. Many of our pupils have a high sensitivity to light and sound which can easily over stimulate them. Chris was able to factor this into the design. As a result Mandeville School has an integrated light and sound system that can create a calm or stimulating environment at the touch of a button. The iPad control makes it accessible and easy for staff to use and this also allows children to make choices that create an effect on the whole room.
The design has many possibilities for creative learning to take place. The journey circle allows for streamed images so that we can transport the children to a different place and time. This is complimented by being able to change the colour and tone of the walls, the impact of which can be felt from the moment the children walk in the door. Spotlights allow focus not just for a performance but also as part of the lesson to highlight a particular area of learning.
We are still discovering the many possibilities and fun that the light and sound system can bring.
Chris and the team have demonstrated true commitment to the needs of school and to achieving the best possible outcomes for the children. They work with enthusiasm and passion and I would not hesitate to recommend them."
Another successful awards ceremony at Chiswick School!
Chiswick School is an academy school based in the west London borough of Hounslow.
As well as installing lighting, sound and projection system that met the needs to cover all kinds of events including shows, presentations and assemblies! Chiswick still use School Stage for all their eventing needs, hiring extra lights and staff for all their different occasions!
We have been working with School Stage for four years now. We brought them in initially to advise on a lighting, acoustic and sound refit that was long overdue within our main hall. We have since used School Stage at all major public events held at school.
Chris and his excellent team have added professionalism to all our public facing events, their costs are transparent and the service provided is both reliable and efficient. I am delighted by the professional relationship that we have established.”
Tony Ryan. Headteacher
Has Lycée Got Talent!
The Lycée International de Londres School is a French international school based in Wembley, only recently opened as a school they have come to School Stage for the past few events as they have been impressed with what we can provide. Their latest gig had a rather a large turnout!
School Stage provided them with a full lighting and sound hire, technicians and even a star cloth for that extra wow factor!
Stylish lighting installation at Netley Primary
Netley Primary School is a diverse and inclusive school, exuding a warmth and generosity of spirit that comes from their happy children and school community. They have 430 children, including in the Woodlands, an outstanding resource base unit for children with Autism.
Netley Approached School Stage with an idea of having multiple performance spaces for different events and assemblies. With that in mind we installed a very flexible and stylish arrangement for the lighting system, which fits into the modern decorum of their newly built hall.
New Lighting system for Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
School Stage have another happy customer at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists:
“We (the RCOG) were looking for a lighting solution to illuminate a stage, in a large hall, which we use for College conferences and external lettings. My technical requirements were relatively simple. However we particularly needed a good-value solution that could be installed relatively quickly, so the hall was not out of action for too long (a minimal loss of revenue).
I invited a number of specialist lighting companies in for a site-visit to provide quotes, School Stage being one of them. All of the companies, with the exception of School Stage over-spec’d the job and provided quotes for expensive solutions. Some were twice as complex and twice as expensive as School Stage’s quote. I got the feeling that most only wanted high-value jobs. School Stage were the only company that quoted for a solution which EXACTLY matched my requirements and most importantly matched my budget. Therefore they got the job.
I was impressed with the speed of the installation and professionalism of the staff. Our Nuffield Hall is a traditional style room, with attractive décor, but the installation was sensitively done. We did have an issue with one of the LED units a few months after the installation, but this was quickly replaced without hesitation. I would definitely recommend School Stage, especially if price is important to you. I would not hesitate to use them again and probably will at some time in the future.
Malcolm Oliver, AV Manager
Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Who's ready to rock?
The Valley School is a school for children with learning difficulties, when they approached School Stage they required something for the children to get them involved with performing and the technical side of shows. We came up with this rock and roll rig and completely transformed their space ready for all kinds of shows and events!
125m long 3-phase sub main installed at Douay Martyrs RC School
As part of a full stage lighting and a comprehensive rigging system, School Stage also installed 175 metre long 125 amp 3 phase sub main to the stage area in order to power both entertainment and general power and lighting distribution.
Japanese School Lighting Upgrade
At the Japanese School in West London, School Stage replaced old analogue dimmer packs with a wall mounted DMX Anytronics dimmer control system. The old Strand Tempus dimmer system has become unreiable with multiple failures. The existing lighting fixtures - mainly Strand Prelude and Quartet lanterns - were reused where possible, cleaned and serviced to provide a much upgraded theatrical lighting system. We also replaced all the fluorescent tubes in the hall which needed our access equipment to reach.
"School Stage listened to our needs and quoted for a solution which exactly matched our needs.
School Stage did a great job upgrading our lighting equipment at our school. We were impressed with the quality of the installation and the staff were very professional. The project was completed within the timescale set and to a very high standard.
That is the reason why are very happy with their work.
I would definitely recommend School Stage and would not hesitate to use them again."
The Japanese School Ltd
Installation at Lees Brook School featured by Chauvet Professional Lighting
School Stage completed a large installation of theatrical lighting, sound, staging and audio visual control systems in November 2014 in the newly built Lees Brook Community School in Chaddesden, Derby. Though we were brought in at a late stage of the building project, we managed to get some of the internal design changed to make sure we could obtain the best results. This also enabled some of the lighting fixtures to be hidden. The school now have state-of-the-art, but also easy to use and flexible sound and lighting systems in their hall and drama studio. This substantial project was completed on time and on budget.
Chauvet who supplied much of the lighting equipment used were impressed by the installation and have featured it on their website.
Coopersale Hall School Looking Forward to Christmas
As Christmas approaches we are busy installing and servicing sound and lighting systems ready for Christmas productions. We recently finished such an installation at Coopersale Hall School, an Independent Preparatory Day School in Epping, Essex. Here we installed a small lighting system, a PA system with hanging stage microphones plus digital hand held wireless microphones and curtains.
The school was "impressed" by the speed and quality of the installation and said that "This will be our first Christmas where the parents will actually be able to hear the Nativity services and enjoy a much more professional production, thanks to the new equipment."
School Stage also provide audio systems for Coopersale Hall School's prizegiving event each Summer which is help in an marquee.
Click on the image to the right to read their letter to us - another happy customer.
Remember our old promo video?
With our fantastic new website, It's goodbye to our old website that served us well for a number of years. You may still want to see our old promo video which shows a whole sound and lighting installation at Wembley primary School speeded up into 3 minutes.
A Soulful Celebration
School Stage provided lighting, sound, staging, back line and engineers for a concert held at Gladesmore School's G2 Arena on Saturday evening. British Gospel Arts and their B.I.G. Choir featuring members from London Gospel Community Choir and lead by founders Andrea Encinas and Bazil Meade hosted a soulful evening with special guests all the way from Norway. The renowned Stavanger Choir and Band (currently celebrating 25 years) performed together with the B.I.G Choir.
School Stage worked alongside music industry production manager and producer Ayo Oyerinde to organise the technical production on behalf of British Gospel Arts. Ayo has an impressive musical background having production and tour management experience with artists such as Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Naughty Boy, Black Eyed Peas and many more. Ayo's recent success was to coordinate the BBC Gospel Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The B.I.G. Band also had stardom with drummer, Julian Brown who played with Massive Attack, West Life and many more along with Sam Lynch on bass from V9 Collective and Wretch 32.
"Everyone was delighted with the professional engineering and equipment supplied by School Stage. We also provided an opportunity for a Central Theatre School student to work alongside us on lights and the school's LED video wall."
School Stage started the new autumn term with an awards conference held at the Everybody Dreams Auditorium in Tottenham for the Haringey Metropolitan Police Service. We provided technical support to ensure their event was a great success.
Value Life 2013
Value Life is a festival run by Gladesmore Community School as part of their anti gun and knife crime active citizenship community initiative. This year's festival took place on 13 July 2013 by City Hall next to Tower Bridge. School Stage provided a full production service supplying a stage, PA system and power supply. An awards ceremony and performances were held to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations that have worked with young people to make a positive difference culminating in a special appearance from 'Britain's Got Talent' finalist, MkNasty, who had the whole of the South Bank rocking.
Past Event: 'A Cuppa Music'
Radio Microphone frequency regulations will change at the end of 2012
School Stage have a new and exciting solution that offers:
Wretch 32 LIVE with School Stage
Wretch 32 LIVE at Gladesmore Community School, Tottenham - Part One. School Stage was commissioned to fully refurbish the main hall into a professional concert venue to meet a wide variety of events. During the construction, School Stage production managed, created the design and set up using the new lighting, sound and visual systems for the schools Value Life Festival featuring live set from Wretch 32. School Stage, Wretch 32, and his band all donated their time and equipment for this outstanding school.
Interview with Chris Newton Director of School Stage
A Lighting & Sound International Interview by Julie Harper
School Stage is a dedicated, performing arts installer, providing an all-in-one solution, at a professional level, exclusively to primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. "We deal only with the schools and education market," specifies MD, Chris Newton. "We live and breathe schools and nothing else. It's not just 'lighting for schools', we see it as education for the future.
Case study installation at The Winchcombe School
Industry journey, Lighting and Sound International features a School Stage installation as a case study. The Winchcombe School for primary education in Newbury received a full installation of sound, lighting and AV equipment from dedicated school installation specialists, School Stage, in November 2010. "We liked the fact that they specialise exclusively in school installations rather than being part of a cross-market production company. School performance spaces are unique environments which demand specialist technical knowledge and an understanding of how schools operate."
School Stage at the Royal Albert Hall