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Sudbury drama students delve into Shakespeare under new partnership programme


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy are taking part in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Associative Schools Programme (3143614)
Students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy are taking part in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Associative Schools Programme (3143614)

Students at a secondary school in Sudbury have been exploring the work of William Shakespeare as part of a partnership programme.

Year 12 drama students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy have been selected to take part in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s associative school’s programme.

The nationwide initiative is designed to boost students’ learning through a series of thought-provoking workshops.

Caroline Wilson, headteacher at Sudbury Ormiston Academy, expressed her delight at the two-year partnership project.

“It is a pleasure to work with such an esteemed organisation which shares our values of stretching and challenging students,” she said.

“The work of the RSC complements our excellent teaching and our programme of supporting our academically most able, while making the works of Shakespeare accessible to all.”

The academy is one of five schools to take part in the project, and will have the responsibility of appointing other schools in the region to join it in the initiative.

“Staff here at the academy are looking forward to inviting local schools to work with them and colleagues from the RSC, with the added possibility of hosting an RSC production here at the academy,” added Mrs Wilson.

Students will explore Shakespeare’s plays through various techniques used in theatre productions.

Jacqui O’Hanlon, director of education at the RSC, said: “Now in its third year, we are thrilled to announce our new cohort of lead associate schools who demonstrate on a daily basis the impact of an arts-rich curriculum on whole school communities.

“Lead associate schools are full of children, teachers and governors who inspire each other and their local communities with Shakespeare’s work.”



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