Associate Schools Programme

The Associate Schools Programme is our long-term partnership programme with regional theatres and schools across England.

The Associate Schools programme is open to secondary, primary and special state schools in England and we seek to recruit schools that serve areas of relatively high socio-economic deprivation.

Schools join the programme for two years and have the opportunity to renew and extend their involvement at the end of this period.

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The programme is built around the principle of schools working in local partnerships to develop communities of practice. We aim for each local partnership to consist of a Lead Associate School who in turn recruits a number of Associate Schools. In many cases these local partnerships include a regional theatre as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Our Lead Associate Schools have worked with us for a period of time and joined the programme when they could demonstrate a number of ‘qualities’. If you are interested in becoming a Lead Associate School but have had relatively little contact with us, we would first of all ask that you experience the range of work we offer. If you have already experienced our work, please contact us to explore how the school’s engagement might develop further.

Associate school partners

  • Archibald Primary School, Middlesbrough

  • Bradford College, Bradford

  • The Canterbury Academy, Kent

  • Captain’s Close Primary, Melton Mowbray

  • Crook Primary School, Durham

  • Eastbury Community School, Barking

  • King Ethelbert School, Kent

  • Lings Primary School, Northampton

  • Our Lady of the Assumption, Blackpool

  • Launceston College, Cornwall

  • St Mary’s College, Hull

  • Nelson Mandela Primary School, Birmingham

  • Primary 6 Partnership (P6P), Nottingham

  • Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle

  • Springhead Primary School, North Staffordshire

  • Treviglas Community College, Cornwall

  • Uxbridge High School

  • York High School, York

Associate theatre partners

  • The Alhambra Theatre (Bradford Theatres)

  • The Grand Theatre Blackpool

  • Hall for Cornwall

  • Hull Truck Theatre

  • Intermission Youth Theatre

  • The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

  • The New Vic Theatre

  • Newcastle Theatre Royal

  • Northern Stage

  • The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

  • York Theatre Royal

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