Residential School Courses

How we can work with you

Pro Corda offer a five-day residential Create Together programme for SEND Schools at our magical home, Leiston Abbey. Courses cater for up-to 30 children and young adults with additional needs plus support staff. Schools make Leiston Abbey their home for the duration of the course having exclusive access to the Medieval barn, Upper Guesten concert hall, 14th Century Lady Chapel concert hall and rehearsal studios. Staff and student accommodation is within the Abbey House building which is a mixture of Tudor and Georgian architecture.

Typically, schools arrive in time for lunch on Monday, prepare for a performance of their chosen Music Theatre show on Thursday evening and depart on Friday morning.

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“This to me is the ethos of what Special Ed should be. It’s experiential, it’s fun, it’s worthwhile, it’s important.
They’re learning so many skills when they’re here, it is incredibly special.”

(Joanne Parks, St Nicholas School)

What will the students do?

Students enjoy a varied programme throughout the week, focusing on immersive activities that ignite creative curiosity.

Click the timetable to see a sample daily schedule, or watch the video to see a residential course in action.

The residential programme in more detail

Student-led creative music sessions using workshop instruments. Students are encouraged to explore instruments and play games to develop communication and listening skills. With the guidance of the Creative Musicianship coach each group creates a unique composition of original music to be performed in the final show.

Students explore pulse, phrase, musical shape and performance through movement. With the guidance of the Dalcroze coach each group creates an original expressive movement choreography to be included in the final show.

Student-led visual art sessions which include costume making, scenery painting and set design. With the guidance of the Technical Theatre coach each group are encouraged to stretch their imaginations- the sky is the limit to what they can create!

This is a full-company activity, which develops verbal skills and confidence. Students rehearse a selection of songs from the chosen show and are encouraged to volunteer for solos. Students develop stage craft and create choreography to fit with the songs.

There is an evening performance each day to help students to prepare for their own performance on the final evening. The house concert includes both staff and student performances. It is an opportunity for each student to take the stage and receive positive re-enforcement from their peers, teachers and the Pro Corda team. This is usually the most magical part of the day!

Each day students are given the opportunity to improvise. Improvisation is often a liberating experience for students to discover that they can express themselves freely through a non-verbal medium such as the piano and is an intrinsic part of the programme.

This is a full-company activity where all participants come together to reflect on activities and plan the details of the final show. This is entirely student-led with a focus on students making collaborative decisions to take ownership of the final performance.

This is a full-company guided meditation. The Create Together schedule is intense and so this is an opportunity for students and staff to re-calibrate and process their creative journey.

“This place makes me happy. It changes you as a person” (Create Together student)

Get in touch

All our Residential School Courses are bespoke programmes planned with each school. One of our team would be happy to come to your school and talk through the programme, and deliver a free taster workshop for your students.

For more details, or to book a Create Together Residential School Course, please email Laura Feeney, our Director of Schools and Outreach Programmes by filling in a few details on the following form.

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“I believe that the positive impact music has for the pupil gives them the confidence, communication skills and self-belief to succeed within other areas of the curriculum, and, indeed, and more importantly, life beyond education.”
(Kingswode Hoe School)

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