The Altru story and ethos


We are very excited to welcome you to our new programme for Key Stage 3 and 4!

Since we set up in 2005 our mission has remained the same – to use drama and the arts to educate children and young people, to inspire them to be the best versions of themselves and to provide high quality creative opportunities for pupils and teachers that would create a lasting impact.

At KS3 and KS4, our focus is on work which asks young people to explore their understanding of the world and the place they take within in. Most of our projects have a PSHE focus with health, well-being, confidence and self-esteem being important issues for us and the young people we work with. We create and deliver innovative performances, as well as workshops, projects and long term development work. The work we do with young people has a significant and lasting impact – we now how to engage with young people in ways they will enjoy and understand and we never patronise young people, our content is always innovative and relevant for our audiences.

Although PSHE is our main focus, we also delve into the National Curriculum too, particularly in English where we feel drama can have a big impact. We’re planning new work all the time so do get in touch for a chat if you’ve got an idea to explore or an issue you feel needs to be tackled.

Altru is led by Kate Cotterell; a qualified and experienced teacher and drama practitioner with a passion for creative education, literacy, Shakespeare and PSHE. Kate develops new projects, works with teachers, trains our practitioners and writes the scripts for our performances. Kate is supported by an incredible team of educators and creative practitioners, all of whom bring different skills and styles to the Altru table. This allows us to develop and deliver a diverse and ambitious range of projects across the UK each year.

Our practitioners are specialists and the work we deliver is designed to be inspirational, exciting, challenging and fun. We believe young people learn best when they feel confident and enjoy their work, and this ethos underpins everything we do.

As you’ll see from the website, our experience is vast and varied, we love a challenge and we love bringing learning to life. If you are interested in how drama can have a positive and lasting impact on the pupils in your school, then please do get in touch to talk about the ways that we can work together.