Feedback from recent performances in schools:

Ashby Fields Primary School
This is the second time that I have booked West End in Schools and I continue to be completely impressed with the quality of this performance...The acting and singing is of an extremely high standard, demonstrating a quality not found in other theatre groups. The play has a clear message and is appropriate to children of all ages, the teachers really enjoyed it too. After watching the first of the two performances we had, I wanted to go back in and watch the second...I will certainly be booking West End in Schools again.
— Acting Deputy Head & Literacy Co-ordinator, Ashby Fields Primary School | Space Jump, Mar 2015

Marton Primary School
West End in Schools is highly engaging and relevant. Their show enables children’s imaginations to go wild and promotes thinking, curiosity and good language. The songs are instantly catchy and cool for primary pupils too.
— Headteacher, Marton Primary School | Space Jump, Mar 2015

High View School
The show was lively and invigorating with many curriculum links, thoroughly enjoyable for children of all ages, and so easy to organise!
— Year 3/4 Teacher, High View School | Space Jump, Mar 2015

St. James' CE Primary School
The performance was extremely good and suited to children from Reception to year 6. All children were thoroughly engaged throughout the production and very enthusiastic when spoken to afterwards. I would wholeheartedly recommend this company and production to any primary school which values high quality children’s literature being used, promoted and brought to life in such an entertaining way.
— Assistant Headteacher, St. James' CE Primary School | Space Jump, Feb 2015

Helmingham Community Primary School
The children loved the performance and on the following day I saw children reading the books and creating their own space jump machines!
— Headteacher, Helmingham Community Primary School | Space Jump, Feb 2015

Strengths of the performance: Audience participation and arrangement maximised engagement and concentration. Clear message and themes.
— Deputy Headteacher, Springmead School | Space Jump, Feb 2015

Bedonwell Infant & Nursery School
A thoroughly professional, exciting, interactive and engaging show which our infant age children adored! They couldn’t take their eyes of the actors and loved singing along with the songs.
— English & Year 1 Leader, Bedonwell Infant & Nursery School | Space Jump, Feb 2015

Upland Primary School
Strengths of the performance: Enthusiasm of the performers; involvement of pupils; relevance to children - both stimulating their imagination and their desire to read; obvious links to promoting reading as a valuable and pleasurable thing to do and simply the joy of hearing people sing!
— Literacy Co-ordinator, Upland Primary School | Space Jump, Feb 2015

Studlands Rise First School
The performers engaged with the children right from the start, which is no mean feat when there are 30 Nursery children in the audience! The energy from the performers was fantastic and the performance was very well executed.
— Headteacher, Studlands Rise First School | Space Jump, Feb 2015

Chatsworth Primary School
Strengths of the performance: The professionalism and performances of the actors, as well as the engaging story and well chosen story resources. The pre-show resources were comprehensive and it meant that the children got a lot out of the show as they had an idea of what it might entail.
— Assistant Headteacher, Chatsworth Primary School | Space Jump, Feb 2015

Kendall C E Primary
I thoroughly recommend West End in School to any school looking for a very professional, engaging, entertaining and educational show. The actors were fantastic with brilliant singing voices too. Thank you for launching our book week with such a brilliant performance.
— English Subject Leader, Kendall C E Primary | Space Jump, Feb 2015

St Ann's CofE
I have no hesitation in recommending ‘West End in Schools’. Our children, from Reception to Y6 were completely captivated from beginning to end. The music and songs were absolutely delightful - very catchy! ‘Back to Before’ was a great show to promote reading for pleasure.
— Deputy Headteacher, St Ann's C of E Primary School | Back to Before, Mar 2014

Westmorland School
The children were amazed and transfixed by the acting and the story. After being initially bowled over and surprised by the singing, all the children (and staff) were tremendously impressed by the skills of both actors. Being a school comprised of a high proportion of children on the autistic spectrum, it feels wonderful to say that they have never all managed to stay in one place for so long with so little negative behaviour: this is down to the skills of your actors, content of the story and involvement of all. A wonderful experience and one I would certainly like to repeat in the future.
— Literacy Co-ordinator, Westmorland School | Back to Before, Mar 2014

Birch Hill
Pitched at just the right level; catchy songs; good story; nice use of the book resources; very professionally performed...The group offer an excellent introduction to live theatre for younger children. The shows have consistently been of a very high standard and we have never been disappointed!
— Assistant Headteacher, Birch Hill Primary | Back to Before, Mar 2014

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The children were very engaged in the performance and enjoyed the opportunities to join in with dancing and activities. They even singing some of the songs on their way back to class!
— Literacy co-ordinator, St.George's Primary School | Back to Before, Mar 2014

Every class read , enjoyed and worked from each of the 4 books you recommended and based the show around. Knowing you were coming, this resulted in excellent work. (The children) absolutely loved it.
— Literacy Co-ordinator & Deputy Head, Kingswood School | Back to Before, Mar 2014

Maple Cross JMI School
The children in our school thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it inspired some super creative writing.
— Year 2 Teacher, Maple Cross JMI School | Back to Before, Mar 2014

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We thoroughly enjoyed this performance. The actors were experienced and had planned for pitfalls and had good strategies to manage behaviour but welcomed participation. For many of our children this will have been the first time they have experienced ‘musical theatre’ style singing up close...they were captivated! I will definitely re-book this company.
— Headteacher, West Earlham Infant School | Back to Before, Oct 2013

The singing was fantastic and the story was engaging and age appropriate. The performance was well thought out and enjoyed by staff too.
— Assistant Principal, Queensmead Academy | Back to Before, Oct 2013

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The literary musical was ingenious, and incorporated several themes pertinent to the children at the moment - a love of books (obviously!), not judging a book by it’s cover (at every level!) and courage - our school theme for the half-term! The children went home buzzing - thank you so much!!
— School Librarian, East Bergholt VC Primary School | Back to Before, Oct 2013

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A fantastic performance which provided many opportunities for cross curricular learning.
— Headteacher, Micklehurst All Saints CE Primary School | Back to Before, Oct 2013

The play was engaging because it mixed songs and dialogue. The character changes kept the children interested. Also there was plenty of audience participation. Guessing clues and finding hidden things always appeals to children. The actors performances were visually strong too. They made the children feel a part of the play which was great.
— Literacy Leader, Victory Primary School | Back to Before, Oct 2013

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I thought the show was excellent and underpinned the values of the school…The best bit was reading the book, linking it to our teaching before you came and then seeing it in the performance.
— KS2 Teacher - Gwinear Community Primary School | Back to Before, Sept 2013

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Strengths of the performance: Getting the children involved. Actors were very engaging and active which really enthused the children. The performances flowed perfectly and the actors were very professional.
— Year 2 Teacher - Western Primary School | What's Your Story?, Jun 2013

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The play ‘What’s Your Story?’ provided a real focus for our work in book week. The books referenced in the play were explored in class and provided an excellent stimulus for creative writing, drama, art and discussion. We really enjoyed the visit.
— Assistant Headteacher - St Bede C of E Primary School | What's Your Story?, Mar 2013

The production connected the importance of reading and using your imagination. It helped jump the stories off the page and bring them to life. This was a good reminder to our regular readers, and also a real reminder to our reluctant readers, about the benefits of reading…The play brought the whole school together, and it was a real benefit that they had an experience that they had all shared.
— Literacy Co-ordinator, Millbrook Combined School | What's Your Story?, Mar 2013

This performance was an excellent way of promoting reading amongst the children. Catchy songs and superb acting captured the children’s imagination! They are already asking if they’re coming again next year!
— Literacy Co-ordinator and Year 6 teacher, Royal Alexandra & Albert School | What's Your Story?, Mar 2013

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We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it appealer to everyone from Reception to Year 6. There was lots of fun as well as a deeper ‘message’ explored through the books.
— Year 3 & 4 Teacher, Flax Bourton Primary | What's Your Story?, Mar 2013

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Both myself and the staff who watched the performance were impressed by the level of professionalism and quality of the actors. It really was a little bit of the West End in our school.
— Literacy Co-ordinator, Aspley Guise Lower School | What's Your Story?, Mar 2013

We want to inspire a love of books and reading and this has really helped to get us off to a great start. This production kept all the children enthralled for the whole hour. When you consider some children were on their second week in full time schooling, this is exceptional!
— Headteacher, Manorbrook Primary, South Gloucestershire | Jump to It!, Oct 2011

The theme of the show appealed to all....from the youngest children who enjoyed spotting characters from some of their favourite picture books, to the older children who had direct experience of the topic and could identify with the deeper themes and messages of the performance. Something for everyone!
— Deputy Head, St John Fisher Primary | Jump to It!, Oct 2011
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