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Schools' Programme

Each year Windsor Festival runs the Schools’ Programme, a creative competition for secondary school students in and around Windsor. Building on the strong foundation established over 10 years ago, the Schools’ Programme aims to foster and encourage emerging talent across the Royal Borough. 

Longstanding partnerships with all of the area’s secondary schools enable us to inspire students in Years 10, 11 and 12 (between 14 and 17 years old, completing GCSEs and A Levels). Helping them to see beyond the school syllabus and National Curriculum, we invite young people to engage directly with the arts and explore the value of their own creativity.

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What our participants and supporters say

The work looked fantastic and I am delighted that Heathfield was so well represented. We are already thinking about our entries for next year!

Eve Feilen, Subject Leader, Art & Design, Heathfield School, Ascot​

Thank you so much for all that you do organising this great opportunity for the students across the borough. I wish something like this existed when I was at school. 

I know my students were beaming the next day after the private view. It was great to have the arts promoted especially at a time when they are under threat.

Katherine Loudoun, Head of Art, Holyport College, Maidenhead

Without the Festival schools would be unable to showcase some of their students’ best work!

Brian Booth, Head of Art, Churchmead School, Datchet​

Thank you so much again I can't express enough how this has helped the students gain confidence and personal self-belief behind their work.

Aimee McArdle, Head of Photography, Claires Court Schools, Maidenhead​​

Thank you again for this fantastic opportunity the girls look forward to it every year.

Emma Wright, Head of Art, Windsor Girls’ School​

Many thanks for all your efforts, the Festival is a real highlight of the year. So much incredible work is produced in schools that is not seen and it provides a great forum and a point of contact for the schools’ arts teams. Even more important as the arts continue to be side-lined in many schools.

Lucy Sheather, Head of Art, Hurst Lodge, Ascot

I'm an artist in the Lower Sixth very keen to start exploring the world of art, outside of an academic perspective, and feel that this Festival is a great opportunity to do just that.

Niall Unger, Student, Windsor Boys’ School​

Alice and I had a very enjoyable time at the Prize Giving.  Alice got a great deal from it, in addition to the achievement of winning the prize.

Jen Fieldsend, English Teacher, East Berkshire College​