Each year Windsor Festival runs the Schools’ Programme, a creative competition for secondary school students in Windsor and the surrounding area. With the generosity and support of our Title Partner, ComXo, the competition keeps going from strength to strength.
The Gallery at Ice, Windsor – Thursday 6th October to Thursday 20th October 2016
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London – Monday 21st November to Friday 27th January 2017
What our participants and supporters say:
‘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, Teacher, East Berkshire College
‘I am impressed by the progressive approach you all have to the arts and ensuring its very visible presence.’ - Alex Forsyth, Teacher, Eton College
‘When we have long forgotten how to solve quadratic equations and the causes of the Hundred Years War a passion for poetry or art or photography or drama will continue to enrich our lives.’ - Ian Gatt QC, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Building on the strong foundation established over 10 years ago, the Schools’ Programme aims to foster and encourage emerging talent in the Royal Borough through partnerships with all of the area’s secondary schools.
Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 (between 14 and 17 years old, completing GCSEs and A Levels) from all of the senior schools in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are invited to participate. Entrants are encouraged to engage directly with the arts and explore the value of their own creativity, helping them to see beyond the school syllabus and National Curriculum.
Submissions are welcome to one or more creative subject areas:
Art – Painting, Drawing, Textiles, Photography and Sculpture
Creative Writing – Poetry and Prose
Music Composition – Instrumental and Vocal
Judging and Prizes
The panel of judges, all experts in their creative fields, met during the summer months to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to individuals in each of the nine categories. The judges for 2016 are:
Royal Fashion Designer and Broadcaster
Gallery Director at Ice
Fashion and Portrait Photographer
Subject Advisor for Pearson Education
Children’s Book Editor for The Guardian
Former Man Booker Prize Judge
The Reverend Canon
President of Windsor Festival and Poet
Conductor and Composer
Music Education Consultant and Choral Director
Assistant Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
A broad range of prizes are offered to the students and their schools. These include unique opportunities to exhibit work within the Royal Borough and London, monetary awards and a private tour of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. There are also opportunities to spend time with creative professionals.
A prize giving for students and teachers will be held in Windsor Castle on Tuesday 18th October 2016.
The Schools' Programme is sponsored by:
'ComXo has built a local business where creative, energetic people with a passion for being the best can challenge the status quo and build a better future for themselves, our customers and our community.
We are proud to have taken the Schools' Programme to a new level by enabling the winning artworks to be exhibited on the commercial stage, at the offices of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in central London.
We are excited by the opportunity to foster emerging talent within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and are looking forward to recognising the next wave of young artists.'
- Andrew Try, Founder MD of ComXo
ComXo is the UK’s leading provider of managed communication services around the function of switchboard to the professional service sector.