A SCHOOL has been given the coveted Artsmark Gold award for its commitment to arts education.
Helenswood was presented with the accolade by Arts Council England
It is one of the 1,750 schools in England who got an Artsmark award this year.
Lucy Monk, headteacher of Helenswood School, said: “I’m delighted that the Arts Council has recognised Helenswood’s dynamic arts education programme. Our students have really enjoyed working with various arts practitioners, and I would like to thank all our performing arts and creative arts staff for their hard work in achieving this award.
“Artsmark is more than simply a mark of distinction to us, as taking part in the scheme has enabled us to develop our arts provision, and see the students who take part become more self-confident, engaged and excited about learning.”
Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “We believe that the earlier children are creatively inspired, the more likely they are to have a lifelong engagement with art – something that can transform lives and give young people a voice for their thoughts and feelings.
“This award recognises Helenswood’s commitment to providing exciting art experiences and their belief in the power of creativity.”
Artsmark, supported by the Department for Education and Department for Culture Media and Sport, sets the standard for outstanding arts provision in schools.