YOUNGSTERS from St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School recently got a first hand experience of what life was like for the young William Shakespeare.
Their trip to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall saw pupils dress up in Tudor costume, take part in a Tudor lesson, attended prayers and visited Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church, played Tudor games at New Place and ended the day climbing the RSC’s tower to take in the view of Stratford.
The day was organised as part of the Willingly to School initiative developed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) and KES and delivered thanks to a partnership between Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, SBT, the RSC and Holy Trinity Church.
The experience gives pupils a chance to explore their local history and understand the life of the playwright when he would have been a similar age to those taking part.
Sarah Jervis Hill, from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, said, “Thanks to its restoration we are delighted that the Schoolroom can continue to offer this wonderful programme to primary schools.
“Our funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to offer all Stratford Primary Schools a free Willingly to School session this year.
“Sitting in the very spot that Shakespeare would have sat as a boy is one of the most powerful ways imaginable to inspire young people; especially those who, like William, are from the local area.”