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St George’s celebrates joining Artsmark Award
~ School recognised for its commitment to bringing the arts alive ~

 

 Pupils and staff at St George’s are celebrating after joining the prestigious Artsmark Award.  Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in their provision.  It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum and make the arts come alive for pupils.  It is a badge of distinction for schools who engage children and young people in the arts.
In order to become an Artsmark School, St George’s put together a Statement of Commitment to the arts which celebrated the strengths of the school’s current arts provision.  St George’s highlighted the strengths of its arts provision.  As part of the Statement, the school was also able to articulate its ambitions for its future arts provision which it will now work towards.  St George’s was supported by Royal Opera House Bridge and CCCU Young Arts Advocates who worked alongside the school to put the Statement of Commitment together.
As an Artsmark School, St George’s will now begin to work towards the ambitions it has set.  In doing so, it will have access to a network of some of the country’s most treasured arts and cultural organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and The Sage Gateshead.
Commenting on receiving the award, Mr Fisher said:
“I would like to thank Miss Parker for her efforts at co-ordinating the Artsmark award and the staff for really supporting her to achieve this. We are looking forward to the access this will give us to visiting artists in the future.”
Congratulating the school on becoming an Artsmark School, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:
“I would like to congratulate St George’s on joining Artsmark Award and welcome them into our growing family of Artsmark schools.  To become an Artsmark School, St George’s had to demonstrate its dedication to the arts and a commitment to interweaving the arts into all aspects of school life.  St George’s has put together an ambitious plan for its arts provision which will ensure every pupil is given the opportunity to nurture a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.  Together with Royal Opera House Bridge and CCCU YAA we look forward to supporting the school as its arts provision goes from strength to strength.”
Further details about the award can be found online at www.artsmark.org.uk.
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