Ormiston Sudbury becomes RSA Lead Associate School

Ormiston Sudbury Academy was selected this summer to be one of just five Lead Associate Schools in the RSC’s Associate Schools Programme, which is aiming to develop links between schools and regional theatre partners, and enable students to engage with works of William Shakespeare.


The academy is now urging more schools to join the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) programme, with the goal of providing students with unique learning and development experiences.

The Associate Schools programme builds on the success of the Learning and Performance Network (LPN) which celebrated its ten year anniversary in July 2016.

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.

The academy is working to build its own network of primary, secondary and special schools to sign up to a two-year programme of work involving teachers, pupils and the wider community.

Executive Principal, Caroline Wilson, pictured, said:

"Taking part in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s national Associate Schools Programme is a brilliant opportunity to provide our students with unique experiences, which raise aspirations and broaden horizons.

"We were delighted to be selected as an Associate School at the end of the summer term and are now looking forward to welcome other schools to join the programme." 

Gregory Doran, artistic director of the RSC, added:

"I am delighted that Ormiston Sudbury Academy has joined the Associate Schools programme.

"We feel privileged to work with such a passionate group of educators and I know that together we can continue to transform experiences of Shakespeare and live theatre for children, young people and communities."

The programme is looking for schools which have at least two teachers who will be committed to helping co-ordinate the programme for two years, and which have support from senior leadership and governors.

For additional information about the programme and how to become an associate school click here.


Picture caption: Ormiston Sudbury students involved in the RSA programme.