Performing Arts

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Each Autumn nearly 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country unite in the world’s largest youth drama festival. 

Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings; young people playing Shakespeare in professional theatres, raising aspirations and unlocking the potential of students and teachers alike.

SSF at Hazel Oak

Hazel Oak School has been part of the SSF for several years and pupils have performed Shakespeare plays at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, The Palace in Redditch and MAC, Birmingham.

All Year 11 pupils take part in the Festival as part of their Arts Award Bronze (Shakespeare Challenge) qualification.

So far pupils have performed "Julius Caesuar", “Othello”, “Macbeth” and “Twelfth Night” to rave reviews!


The Festivals aims are to:

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


Young People become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious. Through working as part of SSF, young people change their attitude to learning; developing curiosity, empathy and pride.

Review of “Twelfth Night”, November 2017

Review of 'Julius Caesar", November 2018