Royal Shakespeare Company Lead Associate School
Southcoates Primary Academy is a Lead Associate school for The Royal Shakespeare Company. The Associate Schools programme is a long-term partnership programme with schools, regional theatres and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Southcoates Primary Academy started working in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2017, undertaking CPD to learn how to use rehearsal room techniques within lessons to improve children's speaking and listening and literacy skills. Trained Southcoates practitioners are now sharing this practice with other schools, including including Buckingham Primary Academy, with showcase events being held at Southcoates Primary Academy to show good practice in action.
Working in partnership with and Hull Truck Theatre, the CPD programme revolves around using rehearsal room techniques within schools to improve children's attainment. This year, we are working towards our Year 5 children writing and performing their own play, along with children from our partner schools. Keep an eye on our school newsletter to find out more information later in the year!
Southcoates Primary Academy first gained Silver Level Artsmark status in September 2018.
Since this date, in April 2022, Southcoates Primary Academy was awarded the status of RSC Artsmark Alliance Platinum Award. When surveyed about children’s cultural experiences, we have received positive comments from parents such as: “So much effort is put into the children and the things they enjoy. It is a really great place of learning and experiencing new things for children.” A Senior Officer at Artsmark commented: “Southcoates has succeeded in drawing out the arts elements within teaching and learning and finding ways that celebrate their impact and effect.”
HeadStart Mark of Excellence
The HeadStart Hull Mark of Excellence (MOE) demonstrates that an organisation recognises the importance of supporting children/young people’s emotional health and well-being and has taken the practical steps required to provide this in their own setting.
The award was presented to the Principal and Inclusion Lead in a ceremony at Southcoates by Jill Brookes (HeadStart).
Jill Brookes, HeadStart Hull Policy and Practice officer commented: “We have always had full attendance right from the start with the school, and their wellbeing worker was always present at our cluster meetings and events. After a few years of regular contact, they suggested we visited their school to see what they were already doing. They agreed to undertake the Mark of Excellence and after lots of hard work from everyone involved, so we are absolutely thrilled to be presenting them with the award.”