Welcome to KSSD

KSSD opened it's doors in 1984 and is the longest established peripatetic drama school in the North of England.

It is independently owned by the principal Denyse Smith who started the school to offer local children opportunities that until then were only offered in large cities.

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Denyse Smith LLAM(Hons) STSD

Registered LAMDA Teacher started KSSD in 1984 and for many years ran the school without any external help apart from a volunteer receptionist. The school is reputedly the longest established privately owned peripatetic drama school in the country and unquestionably one of the most successful. Denyse can boast a 100% Pass rate in LAMDA Examinations since she started teaching in 1982. The Drama Championship at Harrogate Festival has been won by a KSSD student for twelve out of the past sixteen years and many of our past students have gone on to study drama at either university or drama school. Again a 100% success story as everyone of our students who have wanted to further a career in either Drama , Musical Theatre or Music has secured a further education place of their choice place and many of them are now working in the profession

Catherine Fearn BA (Hons)

Pupil here at KSSD for more than ten years During that time she played many lead roles in school productions ranging from Dorothy in Wizard of Oz to Nancy in Oliver. An accomplished actress Catherine left with Honours marks in all her LAMDA Grade 8 Gold Medal Exams

During 6th form and throughout her time at Lancaster University she choreographed all the KSSD shows and decided that this was to be her chosen career.

Catherine returned to Knaresborough in 2002 and little more than a year later joined KSSD as a teacher of Musical Theatre and Drama.