Curriculum: ABC Theatre & Studio Hub
A HUB FOR OUR CURRICULUM: ABC THEATRE AND STUDIO
LET'S PERFORM AT MAYFIELD - 'ALWAYS START WITH WHY'
“…helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.” – School inspection update 'Cultural Capital' – January 2019/special edition – p. 10 pt. 32
Mr Askham - ABC Theatre Manager & Architect & Site Manager
The transformation of our smaller redundant hall into this unique and very special learning and celebration environment for our children has been a delight to watch as it has emerged from the shadow of the partial school closures of 2020 and 2021. Since September 2019, upon the arrival of our new headteacher, the vision has been clear. Value every achievement. Make every action purposeful. Make use of every learning space for the benefit of our children and the fulfilment of our teaching and learning offer. Our children will have the best. It will be unique to Mayfield and we will dare to do. The ABC Theatre and studio is a mjaor example of this.
Under the leadership of our Site Manager, Mr Denis Askham, who was appointed with the theatre and studio as a major brief in January 2020, our new learning and performance space has risen from nowhere in record time. His 50 years+ in theatre and stage management, working with many of this countries most revered and celebrated light entertainment performers aligned to his many practical skills mean we now have a space with a stage, sound and lighting system to rival any school and many professional venues (this is no overstatement). We want the best experience possible for our children and this is an example of it.
Our vision talks about enabling strong sustained platforms for speaking, listening and presentational skills aligned to personal confidence, this space is perfect for the rehearsing and performing of our new 'When I Grow Up...' curriculum opportunities. Whether it be dance studio, debating chamber, art gallery, market square showcase or showtime, we have the curriculum and resources to ensure our vision is brought to life. Our children need that opportunity to increase and share their vocabulary, to speak for different audiences and purposes, to gain the belief and confidence to talk to others and stand in the limelight. This is what our community needs and craves - we are delivering this.
A CURRICULUM ALIGNED TO VISION - ALIGNED TO USE OF RESOURCES AND SPACE - ALIGNED TO CHILDREN'S NEEDS & TALENTS - ALIGNED TO MEANINGFUL OUTCOMES
Take a look at our theatre below and then at some of the recent events and enhancements.