Park Academy West London used their Jack Petchey Educational Visit Grant to give students exposure to the theatre.
The organisation used the grant to purchase tickets to the famous show Woman in Black for a group of young people, many of whom had not been to the theatre or even central London before.
The Educational Visit Grant is a programme to support schools and youth organisations with the costs of making visits to museums, theatres, science shows and more with the aim of inspiring and widening the experience of young people.
A member of the Park Academy West London faculty said that the trip was a great success, with all students greatly enjoying the performance and feeling energised by the experience: “The students have not stopped talking about the experience to other students, teachers and their parents. They really enjoyed it.”
The main purpose of the trip was to give the students a new experience and potentially allow them to explore new interests.
One student, Sam, commented: “I had never been to the Theatre in London before and was so excited about the trip… [Woman in Black] really was as terrifying as everyone says, and lots of people were screaming when she appeared! I had such a great afternoon/evening and look forward to going to London again when I am older to see more shows.”
Another student, Bobbi, added: “The Woman in Black was so good! I loved every minute, even if I was a bit scared.”
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