Cardinal Newman Catholic School has received the Artsmark Gold Award which is credited by the Arts Council. This Award celebrates the school’s commitment to arts and cultural education and the opportunities for the arts provision across the school.
Artsmark has been designed by schools, for schools, to align with School Improvement Plans and support core EBACC and STEM priorities, giving the curriculum breadth and balance. As well as recognising schools that are making the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a practical and valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision.
The panel found that “the measurable impact is clearly evident, including a considerable increase in pupils engaging in arts based GCSEs. The development of new BTEC programs of study shows a willingness to embrace courses which will cater for the pupils’ needs. The range and depth of partnership initiatives has also helped you become an advocate for the arts, helping establish good practice in other schools.”
They said “As a Gold Artsmark school, Arts Council England celebrates your commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level and the opportunities embedded across your provision. Your children and young people have equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a diverse range of high-quality arts and cultural activities and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff in these areas. You engage with a range of arts and cultural organisations and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture and you are working to share the expertise you have established.”
Cat Lane, Director of Music, said “This is fantastic news for us! We have a broad arts curriculum offer including specialist teachers of Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Art, Photography, Music Technology, Media Studies and Design and Technology so we are very pleased and proud that this has been recognised by the Arts Council.”