Springhead Primary School is a smaller than average-sized primary school located in Talke Pits, in North Staffordshire.
The Headteacher’s ambition in joining the Learning and Performance Network as a Hub (lead) School in 2013 with The New Vic Theatre and cluster (partner) of local schools was to find ways to deepen learning that would have a lasting impact.
The rehearsal based techniques that underpinned the Learning and Performance Network programme impacted significantly on the children’s learning and were integral to raising standards. This impact on pupils exceeded expectation and was particularly evident in writing, speaking and listening skills. There was also a pronounced improvement in children’s confidence and self-esteem.
All children in Springhead experienced theatre and Shakespeare’s plays and the school has hosted a number of the RSC’s First Encounter touring productions and will continue to do so.
There was a significant impact on teaching in terms of improving ability to deliver lessons; this led to a change in practice, not just in the teaching of Shakespeare but across the curriculum. Springhead staff shared the knowledge and skills they developed with other schools via workshops and INSETS.
In becoming a Lead Associate School, Springhead want to continue to share their practice with others, developing a strong cluster of schools in North Staffordshire with shared expertise.