So are we any good?
We certainly think so! Don't believe us - check out what the experts say...

"James & The@trical have been working with College Park for the last 6 years. James has excellent knowledge of SEN and is able to adapt his teaching methods for all students across our school. He has produced some amazing productions which has developed the confidence of the students and given them a sense of purpose and achievement. James links his drama sessions to the schools topic and makes is accessible to all students including early years and our more complex needs. Parents are wowed by the confidence and abilities their children display, that they wouldn't usually show at home or in other situations."

Claire Shepherd
Head of School
College Park School

"The@trical always provide high quality staff who are able to combine their skills in drama with knowledge and skills to support students with special education needs.  The outcomes, in terms of student's progress - in confidence, self esteem and drama - and school productions has always been of the highest quality.  Staff are always ready, willing and able to join in with all aspects of school life and have made a great contrition at QEII"

Pamela Murphy
Head of School
QEII Jubilee School

"The@trical have worked for the Federation of Westminster Special Schools since 2013. The company have worked across both schools providing meaningful and comprehensive provision to all students from PMLD and severe ASC pupils  to our most able pre college learners.

Not only have students grown in their knowledge and understanding of theatre and dramatic skills, but also in their confidence, social skills and general personal development. They are visibly enabled and empowered  to take greater control over their lives and their decision making.

Every term has seen outstanding productions including a black and white film of Aesops Fables, a thrilling audience engagement murder mystery and pocket sketches of some of Roald Dahls tales. The coming together of all aspects of the creative arts during these productions has been extremely powerful and produced outstanding work from our students.

Students are always keen to participate in the class sessions and parents have always been extremely impressed by the abilities of their children during the productions. I can confidently recommend The@trical to any school, but particularly to special schools."

Olivia Meyrick
Executive Headteacher
Westminster Special Schools

“It is a happy talent to know how to play"

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

And the cost?

Well it is true that nothing in life is free. But our clients tell us that our prices are excellent value for money. So if you would like more details regarding specific programmes, please click here and contact us for a price list.
For schools & projects:

  • Teaching by professional actors and musical theatre performers with SEN experience, from anything between 1 hour to 5 full days a week
  • Devised original performances for friends and family
  • Props, costumes and set materials
  • Student qualifications in Theatre Skills, Employability and Personal Progress
  • Offsite excursions
  • Lesson plans and review write-ups

For parents:

  • After school & Saturday clubs
  • Holiday workshops
  • ​Drama parties in your home

Please note that all staff at The@trical

carry enhanced DBS record checks.

Ok, we’ll admit it – The@trical has never been a company to shy away from the spotlight. In fact, we rather like talking about what we do and why we do it. That’s because we’re passionate about involving young people with learning difficulties in drama – and we know that once you know more, you will too.  

All young people (and most adults!) love to be enthralled and entertained. But when you have special needs or learning difficulties, these needs become even more pressing. Many traditional SEN activities and games are designed to stimulate young adults in this way, but at The@trical we take things one step further. Our aim is to ignite the imagination of each and everyone of our students, carefully creating programmes that increase their self-confidence and awareness. And the results speak for themselves – apart from improving drama and musical abilities, students leave our workshops with stronger personal skills and employability prospects. 

So maybe you are a teacher looking for an innovative new way to stimulate your students. Or maybe you are a parent who is interested in enrolling their child in a lively after-school activity or holiday workshop. Either way, The@trical is here to help.

What can The@trical do for you?