Welcombe Hills School is a generic special school serving South Warwickshire. Our pupils have complex and significant learning delay; many have autism and a large number have a physical disability. There are 180 pupils on roll aged between 3 and 19 years. In 2009 the school was awarded specialist status in Visual and Performing Arts, testament to our commitment to bringing a diverse and quality arts education to the pupils in the school, and our experiences with RSC have helped to shape that journey.
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 are looking to recruit 2 further Special Schools in this academic year.
In the summer of 2019 we took part in Romeo and Juliet playmaking festival and hosted a summer sharing of the work created by our Associate schools. We also planned and produced a 2 day Romeo and Juliet take over with Samsung and RSC in our school. Students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the story of Romeo and Juliet in a series of bespoke activities designed and run by members of RSC, Samsung and our Welcombe Hills staff. It was an incredible experience for our community and a brilliant celebration of the work we have done as a school with our theatre partner. Watch the video for further insight into this unique project.
We look forward to growing our cluster of special schools this year and are always looking for opportunities to further develop our practice and love of Shakespeare.