Bingley Grammar School

Elizabethan Day

Things went all Elizabethan at BGS last week.

Tuesday 8th July was an extraordinary day at Bingley Grammar School, as 300 students from local primary schools attended an Elizabethan Day as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company partnership.

The day started with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing from Year 8 and Year 9 BGS students and directed by Year 13 student Jake Mackley.

The rest of the day was then split between Archery, Falconry, Fencing, with staff from BGS also leading workshops linked to the play Macbeth, with students exploring the themes of Greed, Jealousy and Ambition.

The end of the day was perhaps the most awe inspiring, with the Year 5's joining forces with the BGS Year 7 students in watching the Knights of Middle England jousting and men at arms display where the Year Five's champion the Earl of Warwick was victorious!

Aimee Barret, Drama teacher at BGS said
"It was great for the students to see the context in which Shakespeare wrote his plays, therefore giving them a deeper understanding of the themes and issues."

This has just been one of the many great events run this year by Bingley Grammar School, with their aim of making Shakespeare accessible for all. Year 2 of the partnership will see schools such as Harden Primary, Princeville Primary and Bradford Academy now work in partnership with BGS to develop more exciting ways Shakespeare can be explored, with the overall target of improving the literacy skills of students across Bradford.

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