RSC Hub School

Archibald Primary School has now completed a three year partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Three members of staff have achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare.

Archibald Primary was successful in becoming a Hub-school for the RSC and led a cluster of six other schools in exciting projects over the last few years. The cluster have attended training looking at active approaches to learning; they have performed ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in hidden areas of Archibald School and, for their final year, performed the History plays ( Henry IV Part One and Two and Henry V).


We are also very pleased to announce that two pupils from each of the cluster schools will be performing on the RSC stage in Stratford in July 2015.

The cluster of schools includes:

  • Breckon Hill Primary
  • Newport Primary
  • Sunnyside Academy
  • Acklam Grange School
  • Macmillan Academy
  • Priorywoods School and Arts college
One highlight of the last three years that has to be noted is the invitation to meet His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. The RSC School Co-ordinator and two Year 5 pupils travelled to Stratford to meet Prince Charles. This was a very special moment that will never be forgotten.

Artsmark Platinum Award

Archibald Primary School has achieved this award for by demonstrating that we have met the following criteria during our long partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Artsmark Platinum Award criteria:
  • The setting demonstrates over time that they actively promote, from an early age, arts and cultural industries as genuine career choices, and promote opportunities to experience working alongside industry professionals.
  • The setting demonstrates that a named governor takes responsibility for monitoring arts and culture. Senior leaders advocate for the impact of arts and culture and share good practice across a wider range of settings.
  • The setting demonstrates over time that children and young people are ambassadors for high-quality provision and learning, and take a leadership role in delivering continued professional development (CPD) opportunities in and out of their own setting.
  • The setting can demonstrate the effect arts and cultural provision has on outcomes and skills development for their children and young people, in a wide range of arts and cultural experiences.
  • The setting demonstrates over time that their curriculum offers an extended and wide variety of learning opportunities in more alternative arts and cultural subjects. Students have the opportunity to have greater input into what they learn, how they learn and how they record their learning.
  • The setting demonstrates the leadership role they have taken in supporting other settings with designing their curriculum.
  • The setting can demonstrate that children and young people have continuous access to a wider range of challenging arts and cultural experiences that are stretching their knowledge, skills and understanding.

Hoola Hoop PiXL Performance video