In addition to developing relationships with individual primary schools through teachers, parents and boys, we are building a network of relationships with ‘third party’ organisations and individuals which we consider as ‘resources’ for The Hall boys and teachers, as well as the children and adults in our partnership organisations.
One such relationship is with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, based in Swiss Cottage. The Hall sponsors an Actor-in-Residence every academic year, a student on the Applied Theatre MA course. As well as supporting a very local and renowned educational institute, we benefit more directly, since as part of their course requirement to carry out placements in various establishments, The Actor-in-Residence gives The Hall teachers and boys 12 hours a week Drama / Life Skills support and supports various JS and SS annual productions. Equally importantly, the Actor-in-Residence supports Drama and Life Skills at our partnership primary schools.
Another such relationship has developed with The Unicorn Theatre, to the advantage of The Hall boys and staff, our partnership schools and The Unicorn itself. The Unicorn is the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities. Work with schools is focused on deepening both teachers’ and pupils’ understanding of and response to live theatre and literature, whilst providing a rich stimulus for meaningful learning across the curriculum. It is planned that Hall and partnership primary school English, Literacy and Drama teachers will benefit from collaboration with The Unicorn in terms of practical teacher CPD training, in-depth resource packs, in-school workshops, post-show discussions and backstage tours.
- Huge thanks go to The Hall Ladies Triathlon Team, who were extremely generous in directing all the funds raised through sponsorship for the Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2017 – a massive £17,000 – to The Unicorn Theatre, in support of its outreach and schools work.
- It is also planned that a new venture, BuyOneGiveOne ticket scheme will soon come into operation, whereby theatre-going Hall parents & their children buy an extra theatre ticket that will go towards our partner schools being able to bring a group of children to a daytime performance later in the year during school time and support literacy through CPD for their teachers