The world's largest youth drama festival

Secondary schools

The Festival works with secondary school students of all ages, taking Shakespeare off the page and giving students insight into his language, plots and themes as they were intended, on the stage.

We support teachers and students of all backgrounds to build confidence and raise aspirations. Whether in Year 7 or Year 13, performer or technical student, there is no greater challenge than bringing Shakespeare to a professional theatre and showcasing your school in the local community. Through our ambitious and transformative process, students develop invaluable skills such as teamwork, project-management and creative ownership, as well as learning to love texts which are a compulsory part of their studies.

2012 Festival William Ramsay - Wycombe Swan Town Hall (68)

The Festival supports secondary schools with:

  • a choice of 21 Shakespeare plays abridged to 30-minutes
  • schemes of work to embed SSF’s learning both in and out of the classroom
  • the chance for your students to interact with industry professionals, and mentor younger participants
  • opportunities for students interested in being behind the scenes rather than on the stage. From marketing and social media to technical and stage management roles and even directing and producing - we make Shakespeare thrilling and exciting for all

“It was definitely 'such stuff as dreams are made on’- and our students have been inspired to dream a little bigger and brighter now…” Teacher, Torpoint Community School

96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
95%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
99%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
94%
of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
More than
250,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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