Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Charity information

Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) is a cultural education charity working across the UK. Every year we help nearly 30,000 young people to develop vital life skills of self-confidence, teamwork and articulacy. Their cultural horizons and literacy grows; exam grades improve. They believe they can and will achieve more in life. We transform lives through the unique power of Shakespeare.

Founded 2001

  • Mission statement

    Shakespeare Schools Foundation 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 stride onto whatever stage they choose.

    We do this using the unique power of Shakespeare through our annual Festival. Young people explore, rehearse and perform abridged Shakespeare plays in original Elizabethan language in professional theatres. It’s the largest youth drama festival in the world. It leaves teachers with a legacy of improved practice which last a lifetime and it brings many people into an arts and theatre environment for the very first time.
    The impact we have is truly incredible.
    Young people become more confident and articulate and build skills of teamwork and collaboration. They believe they can aspire to greatness and whole world is their stage.

    Our objectives are:
    • to promote life skills, social cohesion and ambition
    • to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts
    • to provide a unique cultural and creative experience to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Our work is totally inclusive; we believe Shakespeare is for everyone. We work with young people of all ages, from all backgrounds and particularly target those living in areas of disadvantage with the greatest needs.

    In 2016, 27,550 young people from 1,102 schools performed over 315 nights in 131 theatres, watched by 68,000 people.

  • Aims

    Shakespeare Schools Foundation aims to:

    • To promote life skills, social cohesion and ambition
    • To promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts
    • To provide a unique cultural and creative experience to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Overview

    Established: July 2001

    Registered Charity Number: 1164676

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 27

    Part time staff: 1

    Phone number: 020 7601 1933

    Address: 140 London WallLondon EC2Y 5DN

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  • Shakespeare for everyone

    SSF unites; we give 30,000 young people the skills needed to perform Shakespeare on a prof... More