Drama in the hood is helping Stevenage pupils build their confidence

The performers with Stevenage mayor Sherma Batson

The performers with Stevenage mayor Sherma Batson - Credit: Archant

Children at a special school pushed themselves and increased their confidence when the put on a fantastic play for their parents and classmates.

In total 60 pupils from The Valley School in Stevenage took part in Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies – a modern adaption of the classic story – over two nights at the school.

More than 250 people attended the performances, including outgoing Stevenage mayor Sherma Batson – who saw the production as one of her last public duties.

Learning leader for arts at the school Felicity Kirk said: “We picked the production because it’s really funny which plays to our pupils strengths. Everyone who has taken part has learnt a lot about being confident on stage, holding their own and trying something new.

“They learned a lot of drama skills – but the most important thing they can take away from this is the knowledge they can do anything they want to do.”


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The school caters for children aged 11 to 16 with learning or physical disabilities and is an Arts Award Good Practice Centre in recognition of its commitment to promote the arts.

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