RSC Associate Schools Programme
As a school we are proud to be members of the Royal Shakespeare's Associate Schools Programme. As part of the programme we "will join a regional and national network of schools and theatres committed to transforming experiences of Shakespeare and live theatre for young people." Indeed even before becoming Shakespeare Ambassadors as a school we annually performed and studied Shakespeare and his works with our year 5/6 classes, our Headteacher is an avid Shakespearian and as such brings a small piece of 'Shakespeare' into the lives of our Primary School pupils. As well as studying and performing to parents at our school we partake in the programme and get to perform on a Theatre stage in front of a 'Live' audience with other regional schools as part of one of Shakespeare's plays. We are probably one of the few Primary Schools to do this.
Take a look at some quotes from some of our children, past and present, who have participated in the RSC programme.
"It’s very entertaining both, to do and to watch."

"It’s good to learn the old English language. The main characters are a good challenge if you get one of those parts."

"We learn loads, writing, acting. We understand how plays work."

"When we do the nativity and the musicals we have a few lines to learn, but in Shakespeare it has lots more learning, so it builds on what we have done before."

"When she was in year 5 my sister had a main part. She asked my mum to read the line before hers so she learnt when to come in."

"When my brother did it, he kept a copy of script at home and at school. He kept re-reading and practicing. He was Macbeth so it took loads of time."

"My brother really enjoyed Shakespeare and the plays when he was here. Even though he’s left, he still helped me learn my lines this summer. He read all the other parts and I read mine."

"You’ve performed in front of the school and your parents a lot, but it’s a big step up to the theatre – there’s a lot more people you don’t know. You just look at the other actors and the stage and you forget they are all looking at you."

"It makes a lot more children feel a lot more confident."

"It’s a fun way to learn about the language with the drama games - it’s fun but in a learning way."

"It exercises your brain and its good to a have a challenge."

Cavendish Primary School receives prestigious Artsmark Gold Award! June 2023
We are beyond excited to announce that we have been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award! Artsmark is a creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, ensuring that every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high quality cultural education.
As a school we are extremely delighted to receive Gold status recognition. Creativity and the Arts are at the heart of our vision statement, and we have developed our curriculum to reflect this. We are very proud of our staff and children who have been recognised for their hard work that the Gold Award entails. Fabulous, well done all involved.
The Artsmark assessor commended the school saying "Cavendish Church of England Primary School is clearly a school that constantly strives to improve on it's own personal best...." We couldn't ask for more than that.
Take a look at the full report on our Artsmark page.
June 2023
"The school has many collaborations with external partners which make a significant contribution to the quality of arts and culture provision. For example being a Royal Shakespeare Company Associated School has enabled them to access training for staff and pupils alike"  - Artsmark Assessor on rewarding Cavendish Gold Award Status.
National Trust & Curious sparks
Today, 13th May 2022, we were visited by The National Trust & Curious Sparks, who facilitated an art workshop in each class. The children created a piece of artwork for a window display at Long Melford Hall. The display aims to capture an element of Royalty, in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Quote from Charlotte - 'I really enjoyed creating a stained glass window for Melford Hall, the part I really enjoyed was putting the cellophane on the sticky paper'
Day to Create
As a whole school, we are taking part in Day to Create, which is a special Artsmark community day designed to support and celebrate children through Art.
"Day to create was really good and relaxing." - Harry
"You got to do art with all the teachers." - Oliver