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No school can be better than the teachers. Our teaching staff, as you can read elsewhere on our site, are qualified by, primarily, their life experiences. We require teaching expertise and, generally, a degree or an equivalent.

In addition to our own staff, we have hosted an extensive list of sessions, delivered by experts, since we started. Although we are in the North West, luminaries have taken the time to share their experiences with us so enabling us all to learn from what they have done … and what's been done to them.

Companions/ Guests

  • Pippa Ailion
  • Damon Albarn
  • Briony Albert
  • Lea Anderson
  • Joan Armatrading
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • David Babini
  • The Bangles
  • Gary Barlow
  • Jason Barnes
  • Mike Batt
  • Stephen Bayley
  • Natasha Beddingfield
  • Darcus Beese
  • David Bell
  • Natricia Bernard
  • Don Black
  • Gemma Bodinetz
  • Matthew Bourne
  • Danny Boyle
  • Paul Burger
  • Jon Burton
  • Melanie C
  • John Caird
  • Ali Campbell
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Lucy Carter
  • Guy Chambers
  • Jo Collins
  • Paule Constable
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Barbara Dickson
  • Chris Difford
  • Anita Dobson
  • Jon Driscoll
  • Caroline Elleray
  • Ben Elton
  • Anthony Everitt
  • Tim Firth
  • John Fox
  • Dawn French
  • Stephen Fry
  • Benny Gallagher
  • Sue Gill
  • Kevin Godley
  • Nickolas Grace
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Ann Harrison
  • Michael Harrison
  • Andy Hayles
  • Fran Healy
  • Darren Henley
  • Kay Hilton
  • Noddy Holder
  • Thelma Holt
  • Adrian Jackson
  • Chris Johnson
  • Keith Johnstone
  • Heather Knight
  • Ralph Koltai
  • Eddie Kramer
  • Alan Lane
  • Dean Lee
  • Martin Levan
  • Steve Levine
  • Owen Lewis
  • Steve Lewis
  • Gary Lloyd
  • Cameron Mackintosh
  • Christopher Manoe
  • Terry Marshall
  • Giles Martin
  • Andy Mccluskey
  • Joe Mcgann
  • Alan Mcgee
  • Sir Ian Mckellen
  • Stephen Mear
  • Alan Moulder
  • Conor Murphy
    Steve Nestar
  • Bill Nighy
  • Billy Ocean
  • Christopher Oram
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Hugh Padgham
  • Dave Pammenter
  • Arlene Phillips
  • Tony Platt
  • Tim Prentki
  • Jonathan Pryce
  • David Pugh
  • Tom Pye
  • Phil Redmond
  • Colin Richmond
  • Tom Robinson
  • Sir Ken Robinson
  • Scott Rodger
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Mark Ronson
  • Felice Ross
  • Willy Russell
  • Mark Rylance
  • Kenrick Sandy
  • Nitin Sawhney
  • Greta Scacchi
  • Prunella Scales
  • Andrew Scheps
  • Pam Schweitzer
  • Dr Jorg Sennheiser
  • Christopher Shutt
  • Lavelle Smith Jr
  • Terence Stamp
  • David Stark
  • Nick Starr
  • Seymour Stein
  • Janet Suzman
  • James Thompson
  • Midge Ure
  • Hannah Waddingham
  • Mary Ward
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Sharon Watson
  • Jon Webster
  • Samuel West
  • Tim Wheeler
  • Toyah Willcox
  • Richard Wilson
  • Patrick Woodroffe
  • Will Young