How the Festival supported one student to work with others
We are delighted to have joined the Coram Group of charities, becoming Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation.
Founded in 2000, we work with hundreds of schools and thousands of young people across the country every year, giving them the skills they need to succeed and the chance to build their confidence and cultural capital through learning about and performing the works of William Shakespeare, and participating in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. Shakespeare Schools Foundation is continuing this work programme at Coram.
The charity will move to the Coram campus, where it will work alongside other education charities committed to ensuring that children can develop the skills they need for life. Joining the Group will enable the pooling of resources, expertise and support services to make a positive difference for more children.
James Dray, Chair of Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation said: "In the twenty years since the first Shakespeare Schools Festival, SSF has brought its unique cultural education experience to hundreds of thousands of children across the UK. The legacy of our work, our creative expertise, and our vision for cultural education can now flourish in a new, more secure setting. We are thrilled by the collective energy and vision from both organisations that has made this amalgamation possible."
Ruth Brock, Managing Director of Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation, said: “We know that children who have a strong creative and artistic education become happier, more successful, more fulfilled citizens in a better society, and both charities believe all children should have this opportunity. We're ambitious to build the programmes and campaigns to accomplish this and are excited and energised for our joint future."
Dr Carol Homden CBE, Coram CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Shakespeare Schools Foundation to the Coram Group. This move will further improve the life chances of the children we support, by bringing together Coram’s strong heritage in the arts with the creative strength of SSF. As the largest programme of its kind, this will contribute to realising our vision as a national centre of excellence for children.”