Schools Learning Programme

Schools Learning Programme

Our Schools Learning Programme gives children the opportunity to think about creative professions, art, craft and design. The workshops help children develop visual literacy, creativity, confidence and communication skills.

Our ‘Outstanding’ Learning and Participation team offers schools in South Tyneside one-off workshops and short projects. We want your children to build their cultural capital with us.

Our workshops and projects are:

  • Suitable for children from the EYFS to Key Stage 3;
  • Creative and challenging;
  • Many have the chance to achieve Arts Award built in. We do this because Arts Award is a unique learning experience children enjoy. Arts Award can also contribute towards your schools Artsmark journey (And yes we are Artsmark partners too).

We’ve streamlined the programme making sure we include schools’ favourites and added new workshops for 2019/20 linked to our artistic programme.

“If there is something you want to try or a topic you’d like to explore we can help. Get in touch and together we can plan a bespoke projects” Elizabeth Kane Learning Officer



For more information or to book contact Elizabeth by email or call 0191 427 8198.

Elizabeth will ask you to complete a booking form (and an enrollment spreadsheet if Arts Award is included). Payment of your invoice secures your booking.

The booking form will ask for the following information:

  • Your chosen workshop/project;
  • Why you want to book this workshop (your intent);
  • What you want to get out of this workshop (the impact);
  • teacher name and contact information;
  • Your class and number of learners;
  • information about SEND that can help us adapt our delivery;
  • a range of possible dates for your workshop;
  • information about who to invoice.

If you send this information with your booking inquiry it will speed up the process.

We bring all the materials and equipment necessary. Elizabeth delivers most of our workshops personally but all freelance artists are employed based on their experience and have enhanced DBS checks.


Group Bookings

Group Bookings will be available on selected shows in the season. There are also special offers for school bookings. For more information contact: Karen English on (0191) 427 8183 or email include details of the show you wish to see, potential dates/times, and the confirmed number of seats you require (remembering to indicate how many of for students and how many are for staff or adult helpers).

School Tours

There an extremely limited number of days when we can access the theatre as people need to setup and run through their technical rehearsals. Please get in touch with some possible dates. We will check with the Programming Manager whether any are possible and confirm with you. There is a charge of £125 for a tour (for up to 32 pupils). However if you are a very small group or it is part of a bigger project with The Customs House or you are ‘Researching an Arts Organisation’ for Arts Award we may be able to deliver a tour for a smaller donation The Customs House Charitable Trust. We always encourage you to get in touch and we will see what is possible.

You Did Work with Another Group Free of Charge

Sometimes schools’ projects are funded. In the past we have ran schools projects funded by Historic England and are currently running a project The History of Theatres funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) you can find out more here. In these cases we would normally approach suitable partner school(s) and ask if they would like to be part of our bid. We are more likely to work with schools we have strong partnerships with on larger fully funded projects as whilst they do not require financial input they require more of your time and commitment.




  • Sessions are designed for a maximum of 32 learners
  • A teacher must be present throughout the session
  • Children can achieve Arts Award at the advertised level
  • Some projects require pre and post visit work
  • Prices are correct at the time of publication
  • A surcharge may be added for schools outside South Tyneside