Project information

Create it! Perform it! Own it! Summer School

A week long summer school, created by and for local children and young people facing challenging circumstances. Delivered by Stratford Circus Arts Centre in partnership with Rose Bruford drama school; 30 young people aged 11-16 will participate in a stimulating week learning creative skills.

July 2018 - July 2018

Charity information: Stratford Circus Arts Centre

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  • Need


    2 in 5 young people in Newham live in poverty & can't afford to take part in stimulating, positive activities over the summer holidays. This leads to boredom, susceptibility to anti-social behaviour & gaps in attainment. For some, without the free meals schools provide, the summer holidays also means a lack of nutritious food. Many vulnerable children & young people are at risk of falling behind in progression and they don't have any access points to working in the creative industries.


    Vulnerable children & young people will participate in challenging, fun arts activity during the holidays with free healthy lunches. The fun-filled week will give participants time away from their daily challenges. Working with a professional arts centre and a well-known drama college including a visit to their campus, will support the life chances of disadvantaged children & young people who will learn creative skills and be supported if they want to progress to higher education in the arts.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Recruit 30 young people in challenging circumstances


    » Work with secondary schools to identify pupil premium students and children & young people facing challenges to refer to Summer School
    » Work with Newham Virtual School to recruit young people in care to the Summer School
    » Promote the Summer School through other targeted community contacts and local charities

    What success will look like

    30 children and young people in challenging circumstances recruited and retained over the week - tracked by a daily register.

    Aim 2

    Deliver a Summer School that engages children and young people and develops new skills


    » Recruit lead artist who will plan and deliver a high quality summer school
    » Recruit guest artists to lead workshops on other specialist areas during the summer school
    » Deliver activities which introduce participants to creative skills
    » Use professional facilities/equipment to introduce participants to work in the creative industries

    What success will look like

    Summer school delivered that engages children & young people & develops new skills – participant feedback forms reporting that they learnt new skills.

    Aim 3

    Provide positive summer holiday activities and nutritious lunches


    » Host summer school in Stratford Circus Arts Centre – a safe, accessible, community-centric space
    » Provide Creative Learning Manager and Officer to manage & coordinate project and offer pastoral support
    » Provide transport for participants to the Rose Bruford campus in Sidcup, Kent for a day trip and to use their facilities
    » Provide lunch for all participants every day of the summer school, including lunch vouchers for Rose Bruford canteen during the day trip

    What success will look like

    Positive summer holiday activity and lunches provided – participant feedback forms report they enjoyed the project; feedback forms from parents and staff.

    Aim 4

    Involve local children and young people in the planning and content of the Summer School


    » Use proposal and plan in video format designed by children and young people.
    » Send video to local schools and charities to allow children and young people to vote on the content of the Summer School

    What success will look like

    Local children and young people involved in the planning of the summer school – report that the summer school reflected the aims in the video pitch.

    Aim 5

    Introduce children & young people to a drama college to support their aspirations


    » Provide a day trip for participants to Rose Bruford campus in Sidcup on one day of the summer school including free transport and lunch vouchers
    » Offer opportunities for participants to meet Rose Bruford students and staff through them leading sessions and guiding tour of campus
    » Offer opportunities for participants to meet Rose Bruford students and staff and learn how to apply to the college
    » Provide a tour of Rose Bruford spaces and opportunities to try the facilities.

    What success will look like

    Participants introduced to college and arts centre for the first time and aspirations raised – reported on feedback forms positively.

  • Impact


    The project will raise participants’ aspirations through introducing them to professional and Higher Education settings for the first time and supporting them to maintain a connection with these organisations beyond the project. The programme will build confidence and develop skills through arts activity and improve general wellbeing through offering a positive, creative and social activity during the holidays. Success will be measured through qualitative feedback from participants and staff.


    The main risk with targeted youth work is a potential lack of commitment from participants to the full week. We will mitigate this risk by working closely with the partners who will refer the children & young people as they hold trust-based relationships with the young people and their families, and can support attendance. The Creative Learning Officer will also be responsible for pastoral care during the week, being available for young people to speak to & building a rapport over the week


    Donors to this project will receive an evaluation report after the project has ended which will include outcomes, feedback and quotes from participants and the staff who referred them.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,547

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,800 Artist fees Lead and guest artists
      £1,050 Catering Lunches provided
      £1,100 Materials/equipment Artist materials
      £704 Technical staff Staff to support activities
      £3,900 Venue hire Space costs
      £400 Transport Day trip to Sidcup, Kent
      £3,593 Project management Managing delivery of project
      £1,000 Marketing Recruiting and promoting Summer School

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Rose Bruford College including £1500 in kind support £5,000 Guaranteed
    Stratford Circus Arts Centre in kind support £510 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a leading arts centre in Stratford, Newham and an important local resource for East London communities, using the arts as a tool to facilitate social change. Our venue, with an open access foyer, café and flexible multi-use spaces has enabled us to deliver varied services since we became an independent charity in 2012.


    30 children & young people aged 11-16 from Newham and east London. All participants will be from low income families or facing challenging circumstances which usually provide barriers to taking part in this kind of opportunity, or for whom the summer holidays are particularly challenging. The young people will be recruited from schools identifying pupil premium students (families on low income) and from partner organisations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a leading independent arts centre and charity in Stratford, Newham. We have have worked in the community engaging and supporting thousands of children & young people every year through innovative creative projects. We ensure our venue and programmes are safe, welcoming and accessible for young people creating a sense of belonging and give young people a voice and real ownership over our programme through year round consultations and youth-led projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tom Newton, Creative Learning And Programme Manager

    Tom will manage the project and budget, including planning and recruiting delivery team.

    Colette Auer, Creative Learning And Programme Officer

    Colette will coordinate the project, liaising with groups and leading on administration and pastoral care during the week.

    Sam Perez-Lumbreras, Rose Bruford Outreach Manager

    Sam will work with SCAC team to plan project, recruit delivery team and will lead on arrangements for day.

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