School Takeover Day

Local school children enjoy taking over Shakespeare’s Birthplace

03 December 2013

An event which gave local school children from Stratford-upon-Avon the chance to takeover Shakespeare’s Birthplace for the day, has been hailed a success by teachers and organisers. The group of forty-seven year six children from Bridgetown Primary School donned Tudor outfits to welcome visitors from all over the world, gave guided tours of the house where Stratford’s favourite son was born and helped the charity’s resident acting troupe put on a production of Macbeth. The event was part of Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day, which aims to help children learn more about the world of work and the decision making process. 

It is the second time that school children from Bridgetown Primary School have taken part in the event at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. 

Nicola Hawley, Children’s and Families Heritage Education Officer, said: “We are so proud of all the children who took part – the day was a real success. They learned so much from their day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and from members of staff at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The children really got stuck in and each one enjoyed the task they had been given. We are already looking forward to having the children here next year.”

Elizabeth Swanwick, Year Six teacher from Bridgetown Primary School, said, “It was such a beneficial day for the children to experience a working environment where they could demonstrate what they had learnt about The Tudors. Also it helped to develop their confidence in new situations, working with adults and other skills out of the classroom environment.  The day was a huge success and will certainly be an experience that the children won’t forget.”

Notes to editors:

Press release date: 3 December 2013 

For more information please contact the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell on 01789 207136 or email

Takeover day took place on 22 November. 

Picture caption: Children from Bridgetown Primary School take over Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

From left to right: Anna, Dominic, Ella, Sean, Ella, Joshua.

For more information on the Children Commissioners’ Takeover Day visit

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends. Mary Arden’s Farm has a Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.