Shakespeare's Stratford English School Trips (1 or 2 Days)

William Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon: Your students will explore Shakespeare's birthplace on a guided walk through the town, placing his life & work within the context of his time. An organised workshop is also included, based upon a specific Shakespeare play or an aspect of theatrical production & tailored to your students' specification requirements.

At GCSE this tour will be especially relevant to Assessment Objectives 1 ('develop an informed personal response') and 3 ('understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written').

This tour is available for KS3, GCSE and A-Level groups as either a 1 or 2-day itinerary, depending upon your school's location. Request a Quotation or contact us on Freephone 0800 801 560  to discuss your requirements. Click here for Primary School Trips.

 

Itinerary

 

One-Day Tour (for schools within 120 miles of Stratford)

  Royal Shakespeare Theatre - Stratford school trips
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        

 

 
  • School pick-up (typically between 07.00 to 09.00 hours) & travel to Stratford
  • Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Theatre workshop on a Shakespeare play of your choice
  • Visit to Shakespeare's birthplace
  • Guided walking tour of Shakespeare's Stratford including a visit to Shakespeare's grave in Holy Trinity Church
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage (photo opportunity)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)
 
 

Anne Hathaway Cottage Landscape

 

 

 

 

Two-Day Tour

 
  • Day 1:  School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Stratford to visit:
  • The Royal Shakespeare Theatre with a theatre workshop on a Shakespeare play of your choice
  • Free time in Stratford
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Day 2:  Visit to Shakespeare's birthplace
  • Guide walking tour of Shakespeare's Stratford including his grave at Holy Trinity Church
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage (photo opportunity)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Optional Visits

 
You may also want to visit: Mary Arden's Farm (April-October) • Anne Hathaway's Cottage • Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall • Shakespeare Theatre performance (subject to availability)  
     
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Themes

 

Shakespeare's Stratford

 

         Main Themes   Mary Ardens House
 
 
 

Exterior View of Shakespeares Birthplace

  • Develop a greater understanding of the life & times of William Shakespeare
 
  • Investigate the factors that may have influenced Shakespeare's writing
 
  • Opportunities for listening, debating, questioning & discussion as well as enhancing vocabulary
 
  • Consider the importance of Shakespeare's work
 
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Content

 

National Curriculum KS3

  Shakespeares Birthplace
 
 
 
 
  • Developing an appreciation of 'high quality works' - Shakespeare (two plays)
 
 

The Text

     
  • Crafting a text
  • Structure & organisation
  • Use of language
  • Presenting ideas:  form, arrangement & effect
  • Exploring a theme
 
  • Historical, social & cultural context
  • The influence of historical fiction on an individual's understanding of an event or period
  • Main characters of the story & their motivation
  • The social, historical & cultural context in which a text is written
  • Inspiration for the work
 

GCSE Coverage

   

 

  • We can also provide tours for A Level Groups studying Shakespeare or Drama and Theatre

 AQA

  • English Literature: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
  • Drama

 Edexcel

  • English Literature: Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature
  • Drama
 

 

  • Please provide us with your chosen specification on enquiry

OCR

  • English Literature: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare
  • Drama

Eduqas / WJEC

  • English Literature: Shakespeare and Poetry / Shakespeare
  • Drama
 
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Performances

 

Performances and Workshops

 

Workshops

The RSC offer both full and half-day workshops for student groups up to a maximum group size of 30

 

These workshops are tailored to your group's requirements and prior knowledge of your chosen play

 
The workshops take place in the Clore Learning Centre which is a short distance from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon

 

 

 

Performances

We can make a group booking for you to watch a performance in one of the two auditoria. This can be combined with a workshop and a tour of the theatre

 

To see what current performances are available, visit the 'What's On and Buy Tickets' section of the RSC's website

 

  Anne Hathaways Cottage
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

 
Guild Chapel

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

               

We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Dr David Nunn, BA (Hons), MA, MEd, PGCE, PhD

   

David Nunn

 

David has worked closely with Nottinghamshire County Council to research the impact of the Great War on the county & has given numerous presentations to Western Front Association branches & historical societies. His specialism is the literature of the Great War & the impact of war on Nottinghamshire. Since joining us in 2014, his guide experience includes Western Front tours for both History & English groups.

David has over 30 years' experience teaching History & English in secondary schools & lecturing to undergraduates at Derby & Nottingham Universities.

"Our tour guide was outstanding. What makes him outstanding includes his ability to communicate his passion and understanding of the conflict through stories. Simply the best!"  The Mount School, York
 

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Accommodation

 

Accommodation

  YHA Stratford
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.

 
 

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

   

This youth hostel is located in an old Georgian mansion house set its own grounds in the village of Alveston. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon is a little over 2 miles from the hostel as is Shakespeare's birthplace. Mary Arden's Farm is on the other side of Stratford, 6 miles distant. Warwick Castle is also relatively close being only 9 miles away (approximately 20 minutes by coach).

 

 
YHA Stratford Bedroom

YHA Stratford Dining Room

 
 YHA Stratford Games Room  

Accommodation

     
  • Capacity for 134 guests in 32 rooms on 2 floors (access via stairs).
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people
  • Bunk beds
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • 16 rooms have en-suite facilities accommodating up to 68 guests
  • Communal showers & toilets also available
  • TV lounge
  • Cafeteria
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games room
  • Meeting rooms available for hire
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Coach parking
 
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Gallery

 

      
 

Shakespeare's Stratford

     
     
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Testimonials

 

Moreton School, Wolverhampton

"Thank you for organising a very memorable tour. I would like to express our appreciation. Our guide, Robin, was extremely personable and knowledgeable. We would certainly recommend a Galina tour to other schools. Thank you again."

 

Townley Grammar, Bexleyheath

"Extremely satisfied – lots of positive feedback from the pupils too!"

 

Queen Elizabeth's Boys' School, Barnet

"Sue was great – all questions (there were many as it was my first trip) answered quickly and I felt completely confident about the trip."

 

Pershore High School, Worcestershire

"Terry, our driver, made the tour the success it was. He looks after staff and students brilliantly and knows the area so well that he can adapt the itinerary to suit our needs."

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