Pupils and staff at South Craven School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award in a momentous year for the programme as it celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools.
The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum. Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.
In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, we had to develop our arts and culture provision to embed a broad and ambitious curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.
We were supported by IVE in planning and developing our objectives and worked alongside them at various stages.
The Artsmark assessor commended South Craven School, commenting, “It is wonderful that your young people are given such a strong range of options in the Arts. You actively support access to the Arts in Higher Education. The Burberry Inspire project led to improved student confidence and encouraged students to explore the Arts as careers.”
Paul Snowden, Deputy Headteacher said, “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education, with opportunities for performance, visual arts and creativity for all. We look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark.”
Dr Darren Henley CBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said, “I would like to congratulate South Craven School on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, ambitious, and creative curriculum, every pupil can develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”