Platform is extremely lucky to have such high calibre teaching staff. Each member of the team is personally selected and has years of comprehensive experience and skill in their specialist area. Above and beyond this, all Platform staff are not only teachers who are judged for being outstanding in their classroom but also work at management level within their own teaching schools and are constantly training and adopting new, exciting practice to develop themselves and their colleagues. They aim to promote the very best learning for the students they teach. Having such a teaching team is paramount at Platform and enables a delivery of service to members incomparable with any other local part-time school.


David Hilton – Principal, Dance & Drama Teacher

David is on the leadership team at a local secondary school and is an Academy Improvement Leader within a local Trust, Evidence Leader in Education with the Research Schools Network, Area Leader in Expressive Arts & Technology and Tutor Coordinator for Newly Qualified Teachers.

Previous roles: Director of Performing Arts and Lead Teacher for Learning.


Hayley Lawes – Dance Teacher

Hayley is our highly qualified Dance teacher who also teaches at a local high School.


Kim Raw – Singing Teacher

Kim is a soprano singing teacher who graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Platform is incredibly lucky to have some the highest quality of support staff in the area. Their specific skill sets and unique experiences further promote the highest quality of teaching and experience for our students.


Danny Lister – Technical Director, Pre-School Teacher, Drama and Performance Support

Danny is currently a Drama student at the University of Hull, aspiring to pursue his dream of teaching Drama full time. Danny’s wide skill set supports students fully and completely in various different ways. He is also the Drama technician in a local high school. He supports our students who have an interest in Lighting and Audio aspects of performance.

Support staff


Molly Bailey – Dance and Drama Support Staff

Molly is a qualified primary school teacher and has been a Platform member of staff for 7 years. She has a real passion for dance and so predominately works alongside Hayley in the Dance classes.

Zoe Dyble – Dance Support and LCME Teacher

Zoe is an ex A-Level student of David’s and has 13 years of experience in the world of performing. She has gained various qualifications in dancing, singing and musical theatre. She is currently studying at the Russell Group University of Birmingham. She predominantly helps Hayley in dance and acts as a one-to-one tutor in LCME sessions.


Rebecca Jenkins – Singing Support

Rebecca is an ex-Platform student who gives her time to support Kim and the children in singing classes. She is currently studying at the University of Hull.


Oleta Wright – Dance and Drama Support

Oleta is an ex-Platform student and has recently finished her Drama and Theatre A-Level. She has plenty of experience in acting and theatre. She is currently a Drama student at the University of Salford with a plan to teach Drama after graduation.


James Aygun – Drama and Performance Support

James is currently a Drama student the University of Hull. James is a keen producer and a highly skilled director. He is qualified in all aspects of Performing Arts, but has a strong persuasion for Musical Theatre.

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