Staff - Westend Academy


Tel: 01248 361306

Natalie RobbPrincipal
Efa GaffeyTeacher
Efa Gaffey is GSDPAC’s Street Dance teacher, we are delighted to have Efa as part of our team and look forward to lots of exciting adventures ahead.


Kiefer JonesTeacher
Kiefer Jones received classical training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of international operatic baritone, Donald Maxwell.

Since graduating with a first-class honours degree in music; Kiefer works as a freelance singer/voice teacher, lecturing in performance for Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Bangor University in North Wales.

Kiefer was attended Glyndebourne’s prestigious academy course in 2017. In July 2019, Kiefer graduated from RWCMD with a distinction in post-graduate vocal studies.

In 2018 Kiefer performed his first professional role with Opra Cymru, (Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale). Following this he was nominated for the Gus Christie Award from Glyndebourne. Other roles include the title role in Don Giovanni (Opra Cymru), Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Mid-Wales Opera), Uberto in La Serva Padrona (Pocket Opera) and Father in Hansel & Gretel (Viva Opera UK).

Kiefer, is very excited to working with the pupils of Academi Westend Academy again as Singing teacher for Musical Theatre.

Gaia Worley-BarstowTeacher
I’ve had a great love for theatre from a very young age and have studied everything from ancient Greek theatre to contemporary multimedia! Drama has done so much for my personal development and confidence, and I’m so excited to be able to share my experience with the next generation at Academi Westend Academy.
Amy HardingTeacher
Miss Amy started dancing at the age of 4, since then she trained at Studio 79 Dance College in Leicester where she gained a BA Hons in Dance.

Amy has been a working professional for the last 7 years, performance experience includes; theatres, hotels, holiday parks, arenas, and corporate venues across the UK. She has also had the opportunity to perform onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines as part of the Braemar Show Company touring Europe.
She is currently Dance Captain for Here Come The Girls Theatre Tour across UK, Ireland and France. 
She continues to work in the industry and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the Westend Academi students!
Lorraine DyasonWestend Volunteer
Lorraine (Loz) loved Academi Westend Academy so much, she became part of the family as a volunteer! You will meet Lorraine on reception, in the cafe or the shop and also as one of our Youth Club Volunteers. We feel very lucky to have ‘Loz’ as part of our team and are very grateful for all the time she gives to us here at Academi Westend Academy.



Guest Teachers

Anna VartyTeacher
Anna Varty has always wanted to work in theatre, over the years she has been lucky enough to work in most areas of the industry, including acting, directing, teaching and marketing.  Anna went on to gain QTS in May 2004 and taught at Ysgol Friars, where she became “Head of Drama”. In addition to this Anna has been teaching and running LAMDA examinations in Acting, Devising and Musical Theatre since 1996. Having now accepted the job of Head of Drama in a school in England, Anna will now continue as guest teacher at GSDPAC. She is very proud to be part of the Academi Westend Academy team.
Tanya RobbTeacher
Tanya Robb trained at Kate Simmons School of Dance and then went on to train at Bird College of Performing Arts where she graduated with a First class BA Hons Degree. Her credit include many on stage, TV and film 


Gillian HurstTeacher
Gillian Hurst trained at the Royal Ballet School before embarking on a teaching career which began at Elmhurst, before moving overseas to Malta and then returning to the UK to freelance.
ED HoldenTeacher
Ed Holden is the man behind Mr Phormula. You might already know him from his hugely successful collaborations with welsh bands like Pep Le Pew, Genod Droog and Y Diwygiad. Or you might have heard of his work with the Welsh Language Board, the Urdd or the Academi. From beatboxing to rapping to DJing, Ed Holden is on a mission to share his passion for hiphop with the world and 808 brings this right to your doorstep. Often appearing under the pseudonym Mr Phormula Ed has built a solid reputation based on exceptional talent, hard work and total dedication to the hiphop genre. Ed’s enthusiasm for his work is infectious, inspiring students of all ages and abilities to be experimental, outspoken and creative. Watch the film to see Ed’s unique talent for yourself.