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Wilstead Primary School Learning for Life


Proud to be a Lead Associate School

The RSC Associate Schools programme is open to primary, secondary and special state-maintained schools in England. It is built around the principle of schools working in local partnerships to develop communities of practice. Each local partnership consists of a Lead Associate School, who in turn recruits up to ten Associate Schools. In some cases, these local partnerships include a regional theatre as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Lead Associate Schools often have prior experience of working with the RSC before taking on this role. They take on a leadership role because they have already seen and experienced the impact of Shakespeare's work and RSC approaches on students and teachers in their school. Our Associate Schools are able to confidently speak about the impact the work has had on students, teachers and the wider school community. 


The following case study is available on The Royal Shakespeare Company website, the link for which is below.


Wilstead Primary School is a one-form entry Primary School situated just outside the town of Bedford.  Our values prioritise Loving, Inspirational, Fun and Educational (LIFE) learning experiences, and we feel that our use of Shakespeare to enhance our curriculum helps us to achieve these goals. 


Staff at Wilstead Primary School have been passionate about the power of using Shakespeare in the classroom for over 7 years, since our Headteacher championed it as a key part of our curriculum.  In 2018, therefore, we were immensely proud to become a Lead Associate School with the RSC as our Partner Theatre.  Over the course of our first year as a Lead Associate School, we have developed our practice, both within schools, and through developing a cluster of local Associate Schools, providing support and inspiring teaching and learning through the use of Rehearsal Room approaches.  This year, we have also fostered a relationship with the University of Bedfordshire, with whom we are excited to be inspiring trainee teachers and NQTs across the Borough.


At Wilstead, we feel that our use of Shakespeare in the classroom has been a key element of our children’s success in and enjoyment of their learning at our school, and look forward to continuing our journey with the RSC.

Some of our recent work

Some of our recent work 1
Some of our recent work 2
Some of our recent work 3