I am delighted to tell you all that on Tuesday 3rd February, the school was accredited as an ARTSMARK GOLD school. This prestigious award is given to schools who can demonstrate excellence in Arts provision throughout the school. An inspector visited for the day and witnessed Music and Dance being taught by our specialist teachers. She commented on the schools “commitment and determination to provide quality learning experiences for pupils.”
She asked our Singing, Art, Dance and Drama pupil leaders about their experiences of the arts and how Arts provision is impacting on their learning. She reported “pupil representatives were impressive, being excellent ambassadors for the arts at your school. They were thoughtful, articulate, responsive and keenly enthusiastic.”
The report was full of wonderful quotes including one pupil commenting that the arts “makes it fun, and I don’t realise I’m learning.” When viewing the very large Van Gogh portrait, Kitty (Year 6) described, with a maturity beyond her years, the exciting impact of large scale art work and the benefits of collaborative team work on its creation. “Excellent”
The inspector went on to say “The engagement with these artists is far reaching, stretching beyond individual art forms to influencing teaching and learning across the whole curriculum. Your vision for the next three years is both ambitious and extremely exciting.”
Artsmark Gold Award testifies to the fact that the teaching and learning of Arts in the school is ‘exceptional’.