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Community College Whitstable teams up with Royal Shakespeare Company

PUBLISHED: 10:20 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 09 October 2017

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Students will get enhanced teaching in the Bard and performance of his works

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A secondary school in Whitstable is set to boost its teaching of the works of William Shakespeare after it confirmed it was to become a Royal Shakespeare Company Associate School.

The Community College Whitstable says the move will help it “celebrate and engage” with the works of the Bard.

Staff at the school will now undergo training to deliver lessons on Shakespeare that are “relevant and active”.

Kathryn Gee, assistant headteacher and literary lead at the mixed non-selective, explained: “The only way to teach Shakespeare is to actively engage with his words and ideas. Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed, to be heard, to be seen. We want to give our students the same experience so that they might fully enjoy and appreciate his works.”

The school’s students will also perform at local venues and alongside other local schools as well as getting the chance to tread the boards at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon - birthplace of the playwright - with an opportunity to audition for a headline role in a schools’ production of Macbeth.

Rehearsals at the school’s Shakespeare club, named Shakespeare by the Sea, will also allow students to collaborate with local partners and earn a number of opportunities to perform as part of the wider RSC Associate School network.

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