Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

English Literature students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull developed their understanding of the work of William Shakespeare this week, by visiting the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The students visited the Centre as part of their involvement in the College’s Shakespeare Academy, which is a specialist enrichment offered to very able students with serious ambitions to study English at university. The students enjoyed a two-hour interactive seminar on ‘Coriolanus’. The workshop was conducted by Paul Prescott, the Shakespeare Professor at the University of Warwick.

This seminar followed hot on the heels of a visit to the Riverside Theatre in Stratford to see a performance of ‘Coriolanus’ last week.

Therese Down, Curriculum Leader for English at the College, commented:

“This seminar with Professor Paul Prescott is an absolute highlight of the Academy Programme; the students were so engaged and learned huge amounts about this challenging play, courtesy of Paul’s superb and encouraging teaching methods. It was a real pleasure to be part of it.”

Visits like this are just part of the Shakespeare Academy programme. As well as an association with the University of Warwick, the College also enjoys links with the University of Birmingham and Keele University for this project.

Before Christmas, the students will again visit the Riverside Theatre in Stratford, this time to see a performance of ‘Twelfth Night’ and see a screening of the RSC’s production of ‘Henry Vth’ in College. A seminar with Dr Kate Rumbold from The University of Birmingham and another with Dr Rebecca Yearling and Dr Rachel Adcock from Keele University will also take place.

The students’ work with the Shakespeare Academy culminates in presentations of their Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) in the Spring. These projects are pieces of private research and artefacts in response to the three plays studied during the year. Past EPQs have included sculptures, paintings, creative writing and magazine articles and are rewarded as half an A Level – worth up to 70 UCAS points.

19 October 2017