Shakespeare Schools Foundation to join the Coram Group of charities

Published: Wednesday 12th February 2020

Coram and Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) are today announcing that SSF will be joining the Coram Group of charities on 1 April, to become Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation.

Carol Homden and Ruth Brock

Dr Carol Homden, CEO of Coram and Ruth Brock, CEO of Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Founded in 2000, SSF works with hundreds of schools and thousands of young people across the country every year, giving them the opportunity to build their confidence and cultural capital through learning about and performing the works of William Shakespeare, and participating in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. SSF will continue this work programme as part of Coram.

SSF will move to the Coram campus, where it will work alongside other education charities committed to ensuring that children can develop the skills they need for life. Joining the Group will enable the pooling of resources, expertise and support services to make a positive difference for more children.

Dr Carol Homden CBE, Coram CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Shakespeare Schools Foundation to the Coram Group. This move will further improve the life chances of the children we support, by bringing together Coram’s strong heritage in the arts with the creative strength of SSF. As the largest programme of its kind, this will contribute to realising our vision as a national centre of excellence for children.”

Ruth Brock, CEO of Shakespeare Schools Foundation, said: “We know that children who have a strong creative and artistic education become happier, more successful, more fulfilled citizens in a better society, and both charities believe all children should have this opportunity. We're ambitious to build the programmes and campaigns to accomplish this and are excited and energised for our joint future."

About Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Shakespeare Schools Foundation performance

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is an award-winning cultural education charity that gives young people across the UK the confidence and skills they need to succeed in life.

Since the charity was founded in 2000, SSF has worked with around 300,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools and Pupil Referral Units. SSF is committed to reaching young people living in disadvantaged areas. In 2019, over a third of schools the charity worked with were situated in the top 30% most deprived areas of the UK.

In 2019, over 20,000 young people from over 750 schools performed abridged Shakespeare plays in 118 professional arts venues around the UK as part of Shakespeare Schools Festival, the world’s largest youth drama festival.

Shakespeare Schools Foundation performance