News & Events



School is back open as normal

The snow has melted and we are back open as normal!

School is Closed 1st and 2nd March 2018

Given the hazardous weather conditions, school is closed on Thursday the 1st March and also on Friday the 2nd March 2018.

We wish all our staff warmth and safety in these very cold conditions!

The 2017 TCW Awards Ceremony

The 2017 TCW Awards Ceremony went off with a bang!

It was held in the theatre at The Mulbury Bigland Green Centre on Thursday 2nd November.

Students came to collect their GCSE and Functional Skills certificates as well as Jack Petchey awards, with teachers, staff parents/carers cheering on from the stalls. We are so proud of the achievements of all our young people and can’t wait to hear what they go on to do in the future.

Congratulations to all!

Our Student Showcase & Book-launch

July 2017

 Our end of year Student Showcase and Book-launch was a resounding success, with performances form students and teachers as well as outside artists, delighting us with drumming and beat-boxing. We are all very proud of everything our wonderful students achieved this year.

The Tate Exchange Art Project

May 2017

TCW took part in the The Tate Exchange Art Project at The Tate Modern. Loads of teachers, students and campus classes went to see their wonderful creation and to support others who entered. Here is a video clip:

TCW Refugee Project

December 2016

After the very successful Refugee project in 2015 where students raised money to be taken to a camp in Greece, the Head of our Whitechapel year 10, was invited to the UNHCR in Brussels to discuss the project and brainstorm ideas for how to teach children about cross boarders and the European refugee crisis. Only FOUR schools in Europe were chosen!




Macbeth on Tour to Schools

The Complete Works in partnership with Italia Conti present…Macbeth
A fast-moving, adaption of Shakespeare’s magical play.The Complete Works have once again partnered with The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts to bring you a school tour like no other. Last year, schools were whisked away to a magical land of fairies and fiends with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This year, we’re bringing back one of Shakespeare’s most-loved plays, with a creepy, celtic twist that is sure to keep audiences entertained.
This year’s tour is running from September 28th to October 2nd. Performances are now almost completely sold out!  Booking can be done on the telephone on 020 7377 0280. Performances take place both mornings and afternoons and typically run for 1 hour and 30 minutes. More information can be found below via our booking form.

I am Unconditional

This academic year, students working both individually and in groups, worked very hard to create a very special anthology of creative writing titled: I Am Unconditional. It contains the stories, poems and artwork of the students; unabridged, uncensored and unconditional.  The book’s editor, teacher at TCW and spoken word educator, Christian Foley, describes this work as, “Writing without condition and restriction.  No student was told ‘you can’t write that’ or ‘you shouldn’t write this’… freedom was paramount to the project.”

I am Unconditional was launched at a special event at Oxford House in Bethnal Green on the 15th July 2015. A large audience assembled for exciting evening to celebrate the next generation of young creative writers. Students read aloud their debut published works for the first time, and talks were given by Phil Richards (TCW’s Headteacher) and the book’s editor, Christian Foley.

The work has been endorsed by acclaimed british children’s novelist and poet, Michael Rosen amongst many other respected british poets and spoken-word-educators.

“I’m grateful that these poems have been written and that I have been allowed to read them. I hope that many, many more people will read them too.” – Michael Rosen

The book is now available for purchase for £5.00.

If you would like to buy a copy, please email

I am Unconditional Crop

Explore our site

Our School

Responding creatively to the specific needs of the young people who are referred to us has not only sharpened our vision but also shaped the type of provision we offer them, resulting in our metamorphosis from a Theatre-in-Education Company to an Alternative Education Provision and consequently into an Independent School.

Read more

About us

Since the formation of the company as a charity in 1999, our organisation has grown organically, adapting and changing to accommodate new trends, whilst maintaining a clear vision to empower people of all ages and abilities to gain access to education, using the arts.

Read more


Each person’s individual achievement is far more important to us than league tables and the comments we have received from parents and students are very complimentary in this respect.  However our statistics show that we have certainly enabled large numbers of students to gain good levels of attainment in nationally recognised qualifications, and our Ofsted report has confirmed that what we offer is ‘Good!’

Read more


The creative process remains at the heart of everything we do and alongside the school provision we run, we deliver talks, run workshops and tour productions to schools and organisations who would like learn more about how we work, interact with us, or commission performances.

Read more

News & Blogs

We do our very best to keep people up-to-speed with the educational innovations and creative projects the company is involved in and we are often on the lookout for like-minded people who are keen to work with us and utilise their creative skills to make a difference to young people’s lives.

Read more

Get in touch

We are always keen to hear from those who would like to access our service, comment on our work or support us to achieve our aim, which has always been “The advancement of education, through creativity, for people of all ages and abilities.”

Read more