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At the heart of English folk

Secondary Schools

These films show the performances at the national showcase conference  at Town Hall Birmingham from the 9 secondary school projects that were delivered as part of The Full English learning programme that took place in the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

Find out more about The Full English.

Download the case study booklet featuring all the school projects we delivered through The Full English, sharing outcomes and resources.

Case study booklet front cover
Case Studies Booklet


East of England

Impington Village College
Key Stage 5: Year 13 International Baccalaureate (IB)
dance, drama and music students

'love me or kill me'
Challenging dance and theatre inspired by a local folk ballad


East of England

Branston Community Academy
Key Stages 3 and 5: Years 9, 12 and 13
(BTEC Level 3 Music students)

The Ballad of Mary Dimoline
Creating a contemporary song cycle from local folklore, music and song



Acland Burghley School
Camden, London
Key Stage 3: Year 7 Music

Wild and Wicked Youth
Introducing folk music to inner city teenagers and making it relevant


North East

Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
Key Stages 4 and 5 (Senior Wind Band and Senior Orchestra)

Down the Wagon Way and The Winlaton Calling On Song
Weaving folk music and traditions in, through and beyond the music curriculum


South East

Stantonbury Campus
Milton Keynes
Key Stage 4: Year 10, GCSE Music and Dance students

Valentine and Black Joak
Cotswold morris dance and music as stimuli for GCSE creative work


South West

Hanham Woods Academy
South Gloucestershire
Key Stages 3, 4 and 5: Years 7 to 13

Exploring folk instruments and South West tunes
Inclusive and challenging folk music for all


West Midlands

Queensbridge High School
Key Stage 3: Year 7

The Cruel Ship's Carpenter (excerpt)
Performing a ballad: creating local links, building stories and developing folk music, dance and song


Yorkshire and The Humber

Horizon Community College
Barnsley, Yorkshire
Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

Plough Monday
Traditional dance and music with a contemporary feel



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