Welcombe Hills School have a long standing and close relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company. We regularly work on projects together, have the opportunity to view live theatre, meet actors and tour back stage. Our work with the RSC builds pupils self confidence, improves communication skills, supports with literacy, and contributes towards pupils developing their personal and social skills.
In 2018 Welcombe Hills became a Lead Associate School for the RSC. We currently have 2 associate schools working with us- Northleigh House and Woodlands School and we will look to recruit 2 further Special Schools in 2019-2020.
To find out more about being an Associate School please see the link below-
In 2019, in collaboration with the RSC, we launch a supported internship programme. During the next academic year, 6 of our 6th form students will be educated at the RSC on a work based learning programme. They will be supported by Welcombe Hills jobs coaches and will work in departments across the theatre as well as gaining their functional literacy and numeracy accreditation. This invaluable opportunity will help to prepare them for life beyond Welcombe Hills and support them to be ready for the world of work. The students all got to experience a 'taster day' before applying for the role, photos of which can be seen below.
Throughout the year, regular opportunities are given for pupils to gain invaluable work experience at the RSC. Pupils work in a department of their choice over a 2 day period alongside other national schools.
The Shakespeare Squad are our very own Shakespeare Young Ambassadors. The Shakespeare Ambassadors is a national programme which develops the leadership capacities of young people, supporting them to initiate Shakespeare inspired projects in their local communities. The Shakespeare Squad are currently working towards a sharing picnic of Romeo and Juliet which will be performed in the RST gardens.
The RSC have recently included Relaxed performances in their repertoire. The students at Welcombe Hills are often invited to dress rehearsals to then advise the director and actors on what adaptations need to be made to make the performance more accessible.
Welcombe Hills School pupils are regularly given the opportunity to shine on stage in both professional and young people's theatre. 4 of our students were recently in the professional production of Romeo and Juliet on the main stage and 20 of our students made the fairy train in the professional production of Mid Summer Nights Dream. More recently, pupils have been supporting the First Encounters performances at both The Other Place and the Swan Theatre. We are very proud of all involved.