The Arts at Towers
Towers School is alive with the arts. We believe that exposure to the arts is life enhancing and essential for all.
Providing our students with authentic experiences of the arts is something which is at the heart of Towers School’s curriculum. We believe that our students should have a knowledge rich curriculum, celebrating the arts, which provide an intrinsic and essential part of students’ learning and development.
The Performing Arts help raise ambition and achievement across the whole school and community, developing creative, capable and confident students.
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An RSC Associate School
The new academic year marks our school’s third year as an RSC Associate School. This programme provides participating schools with a wide range of opportunities for their pupils. Over the last three years, our young people have performed in six Royal Shakespeare Company affiliated productions. This has included performances at the Marlowe Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Straford- Upon- Avon. Furthermore, we have screened five live broadcasts of RSC productions, allowing for our pupils to experience live theatre from within our own school hall.
The aim of the programme is to bring Shakespeare to life for our pupils. At Towers School, we work with a group of students from Years 7 to 11 during enrichment time as part of an RSC club. You do not need to audition; we believe that anyone who wants to participate should have the opportunity to enjoy performing Shakespeare.
This year, we are proud to be one of only three schools in Kent to host the RSC’s production of The Comedy of Errors. Not only will the company be touring to our school but our young people in the RSC club will be performing alongside them. We will also be taking part in an Associate schools’ performance of Romeo and Juliet, at the Marlowe Theatre in March.
Being an RSC Associate School has brought a vibrancy and excitement to the teaching and study of Shakespeare at Towers School.
To quote the blogpost from the Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement project funded by Arts Council England, If anyone tells you Shakespeare is boring… I urge you to send them to Towers School, where the young people will quite happily prove you wrong.’
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An ArtsMark school
Through our knowledge driven curriculum, we deliver a rich, diverse and challenging arts curriculum. These educate our young people about the arts across the ages, leading practitioners and artistic movements. We ensure that the teaching of the arts is challenging, enriched and promotes excellence within each discipline. Students can pursue the arts at GCSE and as part of our Post-16 programme of study. All classes, in Year 7 and 8, experience Music, Dance, Drama, DT and Art. Furthermore, through the English curriculum, every student is taught two units of Active Shakespeare, using approaches from the Royal Shakespeare Company, as part of our RSC Associate School status.
We extend our students’ learning through exciting and authentic opportunities in and outside of the classroom, including partnerships with the Royal Shakespeare Company, University of Creative Arts and Marlowe Theatre.
Our plans for future development include a focus on actively involving children and young people in the arts. We intend to create an Arts Council within the student body, to be involved in planning for, and collaborating on, arts events within the school. This movement, called, ‘Towers By HeART’, emphasises the love for the arts that we hope to foster within our pupils.
The second focus of our Artsmark work is to ensure that we promote the work of our young people. This encompasses work with the Folkestone Triennial, UCA and local galleries. Ultimately, we want to encourage the arts within our school and community, using the Artsmark to bring a cultural diversity and enrichment to the surrounding area. Collaborations between regional artists, our students and their families will broaden the cultural experiences of so many.
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Performing Arts Newsletter
Towers School & Sixth Form Receives Prestigious Artsmark Award
Marlowe Kit - Year 10 Arts Award Trip
Trinity Laban Dance Workshop
RSC Club Ambassadors - Performance at The Marlowe Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Company - Remote Performance #ShareYourShakespeare
As part of our ongoing programmes with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Marlowe Theatre, our students were invited to take part in a celebratory project called #ShareYourShakespeare. Individuals from our RSC Club rose to the challenge and took part in two videos as part of this exciting event to honour Shakespeare’s birthday. The first performance saw students perform a speech from Richard II. This video was shared by the Royal Shakespeare Company on their social media platforms and has now had over 4,500 views, proving that Towers School knows how to draw an audience, even from the comfort of their own homes! The second performance asked family members to get involved and take on the role of either Oberon or Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of a duologue. This video has had so much attention on social media, including accolades from the Associate Directors of the RSC who has called is ‘joyful’ and ‘utterly brilliant’.
We are incredibly proud to be the only school involved in this nationwide event and were overjoyed when we watched the Royal Shakespeare Company’s summary video to find our students placed alongside world-class Shakespearean actors, such as David Tennant.
Following this, BBC Radio 2 played an excerpt from the video as part of Zoe Ball’s ‘Home Learning’ segment on her breakfast show. We were thrilled to hear our students reading so wonderfully over the radio and think that this is probably our largest audience yet!
A big congratulations to Alicia Ford Maia Gould, Ella Leach, Nell Moir, Daniel Searle, Kat Searle, Sophie Shorter, Eva-May Stone, Alex Weller, Kaden White and Freya White who took part in the videos. To watch them, please visit our Performing Arts Faculty twitter page (@PerformingArtsF).