Testimonials

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Tom was extremely professional and filled the children with enthusiasm.

Tom was extremely professional and filled the children with enthusiasm. The circus skills workshop was very hands-on and there were lots of varied activities for the children to take part in. We all really enjoyed ourselves.

Lauren BoveYr 2 LeadThe Oaks Infant SchoolSittingbourne
I would highly recommend Tom Kellett of TK Arts

I would highly recommend Tom Kellett of TK Arts. We opted for the 2hr Circus Skills Workshop for our daughter’s 6th Birthday Party. From initial contact until after the day, the service was professional, quick, efficient and great value. The workshop itself was fantastic fun and Tom had all the kids engaged.

Dave GurneyParent at child’s Circus PartyFaversham
Tom came highly recommended

Tom came highly recommended as he had previously provided a badge session for one of the groups within Tunbridge Wells, and I am pleased to say that he lived up to the recommendation. Lots of equipment in good condition, a friendly and engaging manner, and the patience of a saint. Tom held the attention of the youngsters (and adults) and all had a great time. We will be using Tom’s services again in the future.

Brian HobdenDistrict CommissionerTunbridge Wells Scouts.Tunbridge Wells
Tom's greatest strength is that he fully understands the ethos of working with young people

Tom Kellett is an outstanding performer who specialises in Circus Skills. Tom’s greatest strength is that he fully understands the ethos of working with young people and through his Circus Skills Workshops, provides creative activities which are challenging, educational, recreational and fun. Tom has the knowledge as a fully qualified and nationally recognised youth worker to ensure that young people work and play together in a safe environment ensuring that all abilities and disabilities are catered for. Tom is dedicated, committed and enthusiastic in his approach to working with young people. As a result of his teaching, young people grow in confidence, build up their own self esteem, make new friends, learn new skills and the young people go on to teach circus skills to their peers. I have used Tom for Diversity Festivals, Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral, County Sports Events and International Residentials, to name but a few. Tom is great value for money and when organising a County or Local event, Tom would be top of my list in ensuring the event is a success.

Andy PendleburyArea Youth OfficerKent County CouncilKent
Thank you, Tom, for your time and kind support... and look forward to working with you again in the future."

“We were looking for a positive reward for our pupils, all with statements of SEN-BESD, for the end of the summer term and TK Arts fitted the bill perfectly. Tom worked with us to design a programme that allowed pupils and staff to have a most enjoyable morning juggling scarves and balls, spinning plates, throwing diabolos and flipping flowersticks. As one pupil said to me at the end of the session, “I learnt how to spin plates” with a great big smile on his face. Thank you, Tom, for your time and kind support. I value your business and look forward to working with you again in the future.”

Robert PageHead of Primary SchoolSt Anthony’s SchoolMargate
The children had an amazing morning with Tom. We will certainly have him back again.

“From the kids: Funny; hilarious; clever; crazy; exciting; incredible; unexpected; brilliant; fantastic; amazing; challenging; Tom was very good at explaining; awesome, awesome and fabulous; epic; super. From the adults: The children had an amazing morning with Tom. We will certainly have him back again.”

Nikki OlphertOwner/ManagerSimply Out Of SchoolPendoylan, Cardiff
Tom Kellett's Circus Skills Workshops are wonderful!

“Tom Kellett’s Circus Skills Workshops are wonderful! In a matter of seconds, over seventy children were enthralled and fully engaged in a variety of skills from juggling and feather balancing to comedy slapstick. We would certainly recommend Tom and look forward to welcoming him back again soon.”

Esyllt LordOwner/Manager Cymer OfalCardiff
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Tom's...dedication to making it a success and his rapport with the children, were a testament to his years of experience and qualifications

Tom’s organisation of the day, his dedication to making it a success and his rapport with the children, were a testament to his years of experience and qualifications. His circus workshops in the morning were enjoyed by the whole school and his calm in the chaotic afternoon party, would make me recommend him to anyone looking for his skill set. Thank you.

Jayne Russellthe former PTFA ChairGoudhurst And Kilndown C Of E Primary
The children were engaged throughout the workshop and learnt a variety of skills

The children were engaged throughout the workshop and learnt a variety of skills. The children were provided with good building blocks to scaffold their learning of new skills. The workshops fitted well with the theme of the learning this term.

Jacqueline TysoeUpper School Team LeaderThe Downs CEP School
The day was outstanding. The children were captivated by the demonstrations and loved the workshops.

The day was outstanding. The children were captivated by the demonstrations and loved the workshops. To see the joy on faces, and audience alike, when spinning plates were tossed and juggled, was priceless. The children were wonderfully supportive of each other and were all made to feel special by the easy manner and guidance of the instruction and teaching.
It was a fabulous experience and highly recommended – to remind us of the spirit and wonder of childhood fun. Thank you.

Patrick GushHeadteacherBeechwood Sacred Heart School
Tom was extremely professional and filled the children with enthusiasm.

Tom was extremely professional and filled the children with enthusiasm. The circus skills workshop was very hands-on and there were lots of varied activities for the children to take part in. We all really enjoyed ourselves.

Lauren BoveYr 2 LeadThe Oaks Infant SchoolSittingbourne
A thoroughly enjoyable...Well-organised, efficient and superb variety of completely entertaining activities!

A thoroughly enjoyable one hour session for each of three classes. Well-organised, efficient and superb variety of completely entertaining activities!

Sarah McLeodTeacherThe Oaks Infant SchoolKent
Wow! What a fantastic Circus Skills day we had as part of our Enrichment week.

Wow! What a fantastic Circus Skills day we had as part of our Enrichment week. Everyone at Clearwater can now juggle, balance feathers and spin plates. It was a fantastic day learning lots of new skills and some slapstick comedy, though we need some practise, Mums and Dads. I am sure you will enjoy listening to it all this evening!

Clearwater AcademyGloucester
We were delighted to welcome Tom Kellett from TK Arts to the school

We were delighted to welcome Tom Kellett from TK Arts to the school – he has been running circus events for children for over 20 years and shared his enthusiasm and skills with us all. The Junior School swapped lessons for circus activities on their first day of the new term and the Senior School were entertained and had the chance to have a go during their lunch break.
First up was developing balance skills with a huge peacock feather. All the children showed their balancing skills, managing to walk and jump with the feather on their hand, finger and even chin! Next it was spinning plates on a stick and doing multiple plate spins with Tom. This is harder than it looks but lots of children (but not many teachers) could do it.
Holding the stick vertically and moving it correctly are important foundation skills. Juggling balls and bean bags came next. You have to practice throwing with your left and right hands so that the balls always go to the same height – in front of you and just above your eye level. It’s much harder that it looks. Some skilled children did succeed with three balls – well done!
Tom could juggle items around his legs and throw and catch it with ease. It looks so easy but you just try it. How do you stage a pretend fight between clowns and or make the audience think you have stamped on the other clowns foot? In fact it is all an illusion because you miss the other but the audience cannot see exactly what happened.
This seemed to be the favourite activity at the event. The children worked in pairs to develop a short show involving tripping, punching and stamping on each other (not really). After several practices there was a chance for five teams to present their skills to everyone else.
This was very funny with several teams showing their well developed dramatic skills and some having an amusing script as well with voice accents thrown in. Well done to our school’s budding circus performers. All too soon it was over and time to get back to normal lessons. But next time we go to the circus the girls will be on the lookout for clown fights and skilled juggling.
We now know how to juggle but doing it is much harder – it takes lots and lots of practice. Look out for Tom at future PTA events!

Burgess Hill Girls SchoolWest Sussex
He was reasonably priced and had all the equipment needed for the day. Thank you for a great day.

Tom came to Astor college for a day as part of our activities week in the Summer of 2015. We wanted students to get a chance to learn new skills and work as part of a group as well as individuals. Tom had planned out the day so students had different activities to do over the day and were engaged throughout. He demonstrated all skills, with humour and fun.
Students got to try all the skills and worked in groups at the end to show case their favourite skills and what they had learnt. During his demonstrations he brought students up to participate, which was fun for all the students involved and was a great way to break the ice. He was reasonably priced and had all the equipment needed for the day. Thank you for a great day.

Anna FenwickDeputy Director of Year 9Astor College
Children were engaged, calm and full of smiles - as well as juggling skills!

Tom not only arrived early but dedicated his lunchtime to sharing his skills with the whole school. Children were engaged, calm and full of smiles – as well as juggling skills!

Chloe BurnettActing Deputy HeadRolvenden Primary School
youth groups
Excellent range of skills, expertly taught, friendly and good control of exuberant children.

Excellent range of skills, expertly taught, friendly and good control of exuberant children. Kept children involved. Good finish, will invite back.

Peter GillmanVolunteer Castaways Youth ClubKent
He even encouraged young people who are difficult to engage in activities, to develop their co-ordination and skills.

Young people found the session fun and learnt new skills. One young person said that the instructor was humorous. Tom kept an active audience for the whole session. He even encouraged young people who are difficult to engage in activities, to develop their co-ordination and skills.

Amanda AgatesYouth Development Worker Medway Youth Service.
There was much laughter and fun had by all, including some of the leaders who just had to have a go!

Through Young Kent we were able to book Tom for an evening Circus Skills Workshop for our Youth Club members. The children are aged 9-14, and everyone took part in trying almost all of the activities Tom brought to us. There was much laughter and fun had by all, including some of the leaders who just had to have a go! We found Tom to be very good with the children, was patient and also able to hold their attention in the work groups. He provided a great variety of activities for the children to try and we would recommend his services to other youth organisations for a fun evening.

Simon WitheyChairmanChapel Youth Club in Kent
you can see they absolutely loved it and it was an awesome session

Please see below, the young people’s comments from the circus skills workshop as requested. As you can see they absolutely loved it and it was an awesome session. We would like to thank you for such a brilliant workshop.
“It was fun and different.”
“It was a nice surprise.”
“I wan’t expecting that tonight.”
“It was awesome. My favourite one was the spinning plates.”
“It was okay but I have all that equipment at home so it’s easy for me.”
“It was fun.”
“It was good.”
“I loved it! Such fun!”
“I enjoyed balancing the feather because it was something I could do.”
“Super fun! I loved doing tricks with the scarves.”
“I enjoyed learning new things.”
“I liked the fact that I’ve learnt how to do a trick and I can do it three times in a row.”
“I love this because the feather was great and there was so much to do.”

Gemma MattenAssistant Youth Development Officer/Youth Offending Team OfficerMedway West Team at Strood Youth CentreStrood
Tom is great value for money and when organising a County or Local event, Tom would be top of my list in ensuring the event is a success.

Tom Kellett is an outstanding performer who specialises in Circus Skills. Tom’s greatest strength is that he fully understands the ethos of working with young people and through his Circus Skills Workshops, provides creative activities which are challenging, educational, recreational and fun. Tom has the knowledge as a fully qualified and nationally recognised youth worker to ensure that young people work and play together in a safe environment ensuring that all abilities and disabilities are catered for. Tom is dedicated, committed and enthusiastic in his approach to working with young people. As a result of his teaching, young people grow in confidence, build up their own self esteem, make new friends, learn new skills and the young people go on to teach circus skills to their peers. I have used Tom for Diversity Festivals, Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral, County Sports Events and International Residentials, to name but a few. Tom is great value for money and when organising a County or Local event, Tom would be top of my list in ensuring the event is a success.

Andy PendleberyArea Youth OfficerKent County Council
The staff have also been equally impressed with your professionalism and amazing ability to engage the members.

The young people and staff at the Youth Centre have asked me to thank you for the Circus Skills Workshops you have been providing. The young people have had a great time and learned many new skills. The staff have also been equally impressed with your professionalism and amazing ability to engage the members. We are looking forward to the next Workshop.

Justin WanstallSenior Youth Work Practitioner Thanet at Kent Integrated Youth Service
The whole group are still talking about it and want him to come back again.

I had my Beaver Group do a circus day at Camp. Tom was a great guy, very friendly and patient even with the silly beavers. He had them all captivated for the entire day even in 30c heat. The whole group are still talking about it and want him to come back again.

Daniel BishopBeaver Group LeaderRamsgate, Kent
a stimulating, challenging and fun evening

Tom provided a stimulating, challenging and fun evening for our group of 25 youngsters aged 10-16yrs. He engaged the kids well and the skills he taught them provided an opportunity to feel a great sense of achievement when they mastered them. It also gave the opportunity to work with a partner or as a team. All in all, this was an excellent evening. I am already being asked to buy some plate spinning packs and some juggling balls for us all to enjoy.

Isobel MehrabianJoint Chair Frittenden Youth ClubFrittenden
Tom has a tangible passion for his art.

Tom has a tangible passion for his art. He has the ability to ‘connect’ with young people (and old) and to generate the enthusiasm to participate. I have watched him persuade a senior Council member (in a formal gathering) to put aside his inhibitions and to really enjoy learning basic juggling skills! Impressive!”

Alex KnightSME Business Advisor
Tom knows how to get them engaged/involved. Most were enthralled.

Tom knows how to get them engaged/involved. Most were enthralled. The members listened well to the instructions and concentrated on learning new skills. They were unhappy when it was time to pack up! I would recommend Tom to others and would certainly have him back.

PaulaJoint Leader Halling Youth Club
about children and young adults with SEND
professional approach to the different needs and aspirations of the group

TK Arts have done a number of sessions with our young people with additional needs this year and I have always been impressed with the professional approach to the different needs and aspirations of the group that they work with.

Ben RoseSenior Youth Work PractitionerSwale at Kent Integrated Youth Service
friendly and approachable

Tom was very friendly and approachable. He was a real asset to our event, the children and adults loved it and it really fitted in with our theme to promote healthy living by learning skills and playing. Thank you so much, please come again!

Charlotte BaskervilleEarly Help Worker Kent County Council
Thank you, Tom, for your time and kind support

We were looking for a positive reward for our pupils, all with statements of SEN-BESD, for the end of the summer term and TK Arts fitted the bill perfectly. Tom worked with us to design a programme that allowed pupils and staff to have a most enjoyable morning juggling scarves and balls, spinning plates, throwing diabolos and flipping flower sticks. As one pupil said to me at the end of the session, “I learnt how to spin plates” with a great big smile on his face. Thank you, Tom, for your time and kind support. I value your business and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Robert PageHead of PrimarySt Anthony's SchoolMargate
We had a fantastic day and I'd certainly recommend Tom to all

I heard about Tom’s circus skills workshops by word of mouth from another school who were aware of him via his youth work. Tom replied to my email enquiry almost immediately and provided a thorough explanation of the wide variety of sessions he can provide. I was impressed with the range of experience that he had, the variety of what he could provide, and his recognition of the needs and learning styles our pupils would be likely to have.
Tom arrived in plenty of time to set up, was very organised, and the children (and the staff!) all loved their day. Tom was very accommodating to our children’s special needs and was able to adapt his delivery accordingly. We had a fantastic day and I’d certainly recommend Tom to all schools and youth organisations with pupils/youngsters of all abilities.

Donna WickensPE Co-Ordinator and Personalisation LeaderFoxwood SchoolHythe
A big thank you to TK Arts for our fantastic workshops!

We had a fabulous day learning different circus skills. A big thank you to TK Arts for our fantastic workshops!

Rosa WalshAssistant HeadteacherHeronsbridge SchoolBridgend
The kids (and volunteers) thoroughly enjoyed your visit

Thank you for coming along Tom. The kids (and volunteers) thoroughly enjoyed your visit and it made our birthday celebrations even more special.
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Jo CatesLeader at Clouds Youth ClubMaidstone.
very empowering and exciting to see

Tom has led circus workshops at my school (a special school for children with autism) and I saw him today at a very busy birthday party – both times he has managed to balance giving individual guidance to children whilst entertaining the group of kids (and adults too!). He’s really professional and my 3 year old son loved it! On a side note, whilst at my school he managed to entertain and teach skills to a very large group of children with social difficulties and that was very empowering and exciting to see.
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Bethan RobertsTeacherThe Hollies SchoolCardiff
celebrations & parties
A thrilling party, enjoyed by all! The children were fully engaged throughout, with lots of excitement and variety.

A thrilling party, enjoyed by all! The children were fully engaged throughout, with lots of excitement and variety. We met Tom at a summer fete, at Luddenham School. I was impressed with the way he engaged with the children, and his educational approach to demonstrating and guiding their experiments with circus skills. My daughter decided there and then that she would like Tom for her birthday party. She said: I liked it very much when you did a race with the feathers. I felt like it was meant to be a circus party! I fully recommend Tom for children’s parties and educational events and clubs at schools.

Michael BunceParent at child's Circus PartyFaversham
Thanks for a great party

Thanks for a great party. Tom kept the children engaged and excited throughout and they all came away thrilled to have learnt a new trick!

Andrew LealeParent of child's 9th Birthday Partyat Tonbridge School Centre
Tom is a fantastic performer and brilliant host

Tom is a fantastic performer and brilliant host. The kids loved him and he got all of them doing something. What a star!!

Oliver BainbridgeParent at child's Circus PartyExmouth
What a brilliant day! You made my son's 7th birthday party really special. Everyone is talking about how good you were. Awesome

What a brilliant day! You made my son’s 7th birthday party really special. Everyone is talking about how good you were. Awesome. Thanks Tom!

Sunshine HaskellParent at child's Circus PartyCardiff
Thank you, Tom...Perfect! Thank you.

Thank you, Tom, for providing great entertainment for the kids at our garden party. They don’t each other that well and cover a broad range of ages, but all thoroughly enjoyed their time with you, learned some new skills and enjoyed performing together for their ‘show’ – Perfect! Thank you.
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Alison BartonSecretary at Tunbridge Wells Residents AssociationTunbridge Wells Residents Association
He kept the children thoroughly entertained and enthralled with his amazing circus skills

We watched Tom perform at my friend’s son’s birthday party. He kept the children thoroughly entertained and enthralled with his amazing circus skills. Tom was great fun and children loved him!

Vanessa MeadFriend of Zoe Clarke at child's 6th Birthday Partyin London
Tom was great

We wanted an activity for our Christmas family gathering, with something of interest to all ages. Tom was great. He demonstrated then let everyone who wanted to, have a go. It was good fun and was enjoyed by everyone. I heard about Tom from his aunt who is a friend of mine.

Pam WilkinsonFamily PartyCardiff
professional, quick, efficient and great value

I would highly recommend Tom Kellett of TK Arts. We opted for the 2hr Circus Skills Workshop for our daughter’s 6th Birthday Party. From initial contact until after the day, the service was professional, quick, efficient and great value. The workshop itself was fantastic fun and Tom had all the kids engaged.

Dave GurneyParent at child's Circus PartyFaversham
It was the best party I’ve ever held. All the children loved it.

We booked Tom for our son’s Birthday party. It was the best party I’ve ever held. All the children loved it. They were entertained throughout and all learnt ‘the basic’ circus skills. Reliable, excellent communication, fantastic value for money and exceptionally entertaining.

Demelza BainbridgeParent at child's Circus PartyExmouth
We would wholeheartedly recommend Tom’s Circus Workshops to anybody!

We booked Tom to run a Circus Workshop for our daughter Meg’s 11th birthday party. As well as his undoubted performance skills, he was also a brilliant teacher, managing to engage all the children, even the quieter ones, with his unique mixture of circus and drama skills. We would wholeheartedly recommend Tom’s Circus Workshops to anybody!

Tim WestacottParent of child's 11th Birthday PartyCardiff
circus workshops for community fetes, fundays & outdoor events
Tom was fantastic across all the events he covered for us in the summer

We were looking for someone to provide some great entertainment at our Community fun days and Tom fitted the bill. Tom was fantastic across all the events he covered for us in the summer. The children/parents loved the workshop and Tom was great at getting everyone involved. We were so happy with Tom we have re-booked him for this upcoming summer.
I feel that if anyone is looking at providing some entertainment for their event then you should contact Tom straight away, you won’t be disappointed.

Mark MurisonCommunity Development ManagerWest Kent Housing Association
We will definitely be asking Tom to join us for future Community Events.

Tom Kellett of TK Arts attended our Community Event at Sandgate Recreation Ground in August to provide a range of circus skills workshops for children. Set up was a particularly busy time for me ensuring that all activity providers were in the right place and Tom, with minimal instructions from me, set himself up and prepared himself for his young proteges. Throughout the day I watched as Tom guided each youngster gently through the basics of plate spinning or juggling etc. and judging by the photographs I saw afterward they had a great time. Tom is professional in his approach in terms of doing exactly what he said he would do and of course providing the necessary paperwork. Tom was engaging with the children (and parents) in helping them to learn circus skills. We will definitely be asking Tom to join us for future Community Events.

Jan HolbenVice ChairpersonSandgate Parish Council.
Tom can bring many elements into a session or event either through teaching circus skills workshops or just having fun

Knowing the quality and professionalism of Tom Kellett from working with him previously in KCC, I knew that there would be a high standard of interaction with the children, young people and families at the event. Not only would the participants enjoy the activities but they would also learn and gain specific skills and knowledge involved with circus skills. During the event, Tom was punctual and was dedicated to the services he had been booked for, and there were several participants who in the feedback have acknowledged how good the activities were. I would have no hesitation in booking Tom/TK Arts for another event, particularly if the organiser/host wanted activities that the whole family or a wide and diverse age range could participate in. Tom can bring many elements into a session or event either through teaching circus skills workshops or just having fun.

Cheryl TriceDiocesan Children and Young People's Adviser Rochester
I fully recommend him. My children really enjoyed themselves.

I met Tom today with my three daughters aged two, six and eight. He was patient with all three. They all tried the various equipment that Tom had brought with him. He was excellent at showing a group of children how to use everything and I fully recommend him. My children really enjoyed themselves.

Colin GeakeParent of childrenat a TK Arts Circus WorkshopArmed Forces Day in Crosskeys
nothing but full praise for Tom and his total dedication to the job at hand

Recommended by a friend and we have nothing but full praise for Tom and his total dedication to the job at hand. He interacts extremely well with the audience large or small. He never seems to tire during the day and has a wealth of patience particularly with the younger audience/participants. Great value for money and plenty of fun had by many young and not so young. Fantastic!

John BarberSecretary Folkestone Festivals
they were delighted with what they had achieved and proud of the skills they had learnt

We were introduced to Tom through Young Kent. We have worked with him before and know that he has over 20 years of experience of working with young people. He is fantastic at engaging young people and keeping them interested whilst having fun. A lot of the children who use our service lack confidence and have low self-esteem. Tom was able to recognise who these children were and worked with them positively to build on their confidence. By the end of the session, it was clear that they were delighted with what they had achieved and proud of the skills they had learnt. We would highly recommend Tom and will certainly be using him again in future clubs.

Amy PernerYouth CoordinatorWest Kent Communities
Tom was amazing with both the adults and the kids

Tom was amazing with both the adults and the kids, and all of his activities were really interactive and engaging. He even taught me how to juggle! I would definitely recommend him and his services!!

Josh DaviesEmployment MentorEmployability Bridgend
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