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Bringing pupils and teachers together from schools from across Shrewsbury, Prestfelde School has been enabling young people to participate and celebrate in the joys of dance and literacy, through the launching of two special partnership initiatives this Spring.

Working with four other primary school in Shrewsbury: Radbrook Primary School, Greenfields Primary School, Mount Pleasant Primary School and St George’s Primary School, Prestfelde have been welcoming children and their teachers to their campus, to work with Prestfelde pupils, to ignite a passion for reading and writing. Running an ‘Excellent in English ‘competition as part of the schools wider Literary Festival, pupils spent several weeks of working in a collaborative workshop environment, producing essays for the competition as a result.

Culminating in a special assembly that brought everyone together once again to celebrate the achievements of the pupils, competition winners were presented with prizes and certificates from local author, Ben Davies, winner of ‘Shropshire Bookfest 2020’.

Sally Dale, English teacher at Prestfelde and event organiser, said:

“The project has enabled a range of students from different schools to collaborate, share ideas and discuss the issues that are important to them. Their resulting essays have shown the significant academic talent and imagination of both the children at Prestfelde and local children who have participated. The English Department are extremely proud of the work and final essays of these children and have been impressed by the overall quality, writing, effort and detail of the essays that have been submitted and, following the success of this project, they look forward to running another project such as this in the future.”

Running in correlation to the Literary Festival, Prestfelde simultaneously launched a dance workshop to celebrate International Dance Day. Welcoming over 60 children from primary schools within the Severn Bridges Multi-Academy Trust, the school hosted a day-long workshop, that introduced pupils in Years 4 and 5, to a selection of dance styles including Bollywood, Haka, Capoeira, Salsa and Street Dance.

Aiming to tackle anxiety post-covid, through increasing confidence in a fun and lively environment, Head of Drama at Prestfelde, Liberty Randall expands:

“Helping the pupils to rebuild self-confidence, get them mixing with other children again and giving them a way to express their feelings through something creative and fun, this dance workshop was something that all of the schools within this partnership project felt was extremely important.”

Ending the day with a performance of dance routines choreographed on the day, pupils were able to show their new skills off to their parents.

Of the partnership working that has been going on between Prestfelde and other schools, Fiona Orchard, Head at Prestfelde concludes:

“It’s been important to reignite our collaborative working with schools in the town again, all our children deserve new and exciting experiences. Partnership projects can improve and spread opportunities for children and enhance training and development for teachers, ultimately helping all of us to be better at our job, no matter which sector we are a part of. We are always keen to get involved and look forward to many more partnership initiatives in the future”