Date 4th Feb 2020

Castle Manor Academy receives prestigious Silver Artsmark Award

Pupils and staff at Castle Manor Academy are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark 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.

In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, Castle Manor Academy had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

Students have many opportunities to develop and explore the Arts at Castle Manor Academy including visits to London/local theatres, dance performances, stage shows, concerts, working with primary schools, visiting universities and working with professional artists, photographers and musicians both within school and in studios.

Mrs Baldwin, Art teacher and Cultural Lead within the Academy said’ I’d like to thank our staff for providing such a breath of experiences in the Arts and for sharing their passion. Many of our school community perform locally as established dancers, actors and musicians. We have Live lounge events and Arts award running from our school library, talent shows, lots of visits and opportunities for our students to have real life experiences in the Arts.’

On receiving the award, Headteacher Mrs Whitcombe said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark silver Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.”

Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said:

“I would like to congratulate Castle Manor Academy on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, balanced 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.”

The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education

settings. It can help unlock young people’s potential, building their confidence, character and resilience.

Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework can be used to embed creativity across the whole curriculum, address school improvement priorities and bring learning to life in every single lesson.