King's Rochester set to become a partner school with the Royal Shakespeare company!
Following a successful application made by the school we are delighted to announce that King's Rochester is joining the RSC's Associate Schools Programme.
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ASSOCIATE SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
The Associate Schools Programme is a new partnership programme with regional theatres and schools across England.
The Associate Schools programme builds on the success of the Learning and Performance Network (LPN) which celebrated its ten year anniversary in July 2016 and which King's Rochester has been a member of for the last two years.
Over the past 10 years the LPN has worked in long term partnership with 507 schools, 11 regional theatres, 1,320 teachers and reached an estimated 690,000 students.
Evaluation of the LPN by teachers, head teachers, students and theatre partners involved has been overwhelmingly positive and can be found in the RSC's publication '10 Years of Transforming Experiences of Shakespeare' and in 'The Learning and Performance Network Final Impact Evaluation Report 2016'.
"100% of surveyed hub and cluster school teachers reported that participation in the LPN programme had enhanced their skills, knowledge and confidence in the teaching of Shakespeare." LPN evaluation report
Building on the inheritance of the LPN, the fundamental ambition of the Associate Schools Programme remains the same: to bring about a significant change in the way young people experience, engage with, and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare. Teachers will learn to explore Shakespeare with their students in the way actors do in a rehearsal room, using dynamic, active approaches.
This is the missing bit in Shakespeare based education…it has rejuvenated my teaching practice and is one of the best things I've ever done with my pupils through their Drama lessons. Pupils in the Preparatory and Senior Schools at King's have benefited immensely from taking part in Shakespeare inspired work both in lesson time through fantastic extra-curricular opportunities such as our promenade performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Margate and a Physical Theatre performance of JuliusCaesar on stage at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. I am really looking forward to the new opportunities becoming a partner school will offer to King's both in and out of the Drama Studio and to extending this wonderful project to pupils in our Pre-Preparatory School. Mr S Mount (Head of Drama King's Rochester)