Stow Heath Primary receives prestigious Artsmark Award
Pupils and staff at Stow Heath Primary are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Gold Award.
Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports them to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum, bringing learning to life for children and young people.
To achieve their Artsmark Award, Stow Heath Primary had to develop their arts and cultural 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.
Stow Heath Primary received professional support and training throughout their three year journey and developed partnerships with local galleries and museums.
The Artsmark assessor commended Stow Heath Primary on 'You have every right to feel proud of all that you have accomplished on your Artsmark journey. Well done. The arts are clearly an integral part of teaching and learning at Stow Heath Primary School. Your arts and culture offer is broad, relevant and inclusive enabling children to appreciate their heritage and local history through visits to Bantock House and the Black Country Living Museum. Many new and exciting opportunities have been made available to children to experience the arts first hand by engaging with West End for Schools seeing quality theatre performances, taking part in drama workshops with Freshwater and trips to art galleries to appreciate fine art.
On receiving the award, Mrs Scoffham said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark. Well done to Miss Dhaliwal for pulling together the evidence base to help us acheive this award.”
Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Stow Heath Primary on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, ambitious and creative curriculum, young people have the opportunity to develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”