Pupils get committed to culture at theatre

Pupils from Christ Church School outside The Dukes with creative learning officer Paul Adams.
Pupils from Christ Church School outside The Dukes with creative learning officer Paul Adams.

Pupils at a Lancaster primary school saw behind the scenes at The Dukes as part of a new scheme between the city theatre and schools districtwide.

Five groups of children and teachers from Christ Church Primary School took it in turns to learn more about theatre and what it can offer when they visited The Dukes as part of its new Comitment to Schools scheme.

The scheme is led by The Dukes Creative Learning Department who have developed many successful and creative projects across the Lancaster district in recent years.

The Commitment to Schools builds on this work by offering a bespoke year-long relationship to local schools.

Christ Church is the first school to sign up to the scheme and has opted for The Dukes to provide a series of workshops linked to the curriculum or tailored to specific projects.

The scheme also offers schools access to tickets for live productions in the theatre, the outdoor shows in Williamson Park, and films, including satellite screenings from acclaimed venues including the National Theatre, The Globe and Bolshoi Ballet.

The scheme, which costs £1,000, also offers a range of opportunities for schools including support with their own productions, help with GCSE/A-level exams and professional development, invites to special events and INSET days.

The Dukes’ creative learning officer, Paul Adams, said: “The Commitment to Schools scheme benefits young people by providing a creative, engaging and educational look at learning. It also helps students engage with cultural activities more easily.

“It is about a commitment to the school to provide high quality learning by an arts organisation with a proven track record of enriching lives and inspiring young people through excellent arts experiences.”

Headteacher at Christ Church School, Lesley Brookbanks, said: “Christ Church is very excited to be part of The Dukes Commitment to Schools scheme. We strive to provide a creative and enhanced curriculum.

“The opportunity to deliver tailored role play and drama across the curriculum immerses our children in the lives and experiences of others providing rich language experience as well as greater understanding of themselves and the world in which they live and grow.”

If any schools are interested in the scheme, they should contact Paul Adams on 01524 598521 or padams@dukes-lancaster.org.