Arts Mark

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Silver Arts Award as part of our work in The Arts at Delamere School!

The children and the staff have all worked very hard over the past 2 years to ensure that we grow and develop in our commitment to The Arts and this can be shown in the experiences that they are having as well as the level of work that they can produce.

Here is what Arts Council England said about us…

Delamere School has reflected on its practice to date and aimed to integrate the Arts more within the overall curriculum, allowing expressive and creative learning in many subjects. Your Case Study provides an example of this: students exploring pastel-based chiaroscuro as an aspect of their study of electricity. You have also employed a Teaching Assistant to lead on the integration of arts across the school and have placed special attention on individual learner progression, which is something you will continue to monitor and develop. Your CPD plans were altered somewhat by financial challenges, and more recently the Covid-19 lockdown, but you have a clear plan to grow teacher’s skills and capacities in line with their already improved levels of confidence. Partnerships have begun and you are receptive to starting more in the future. The Northern Ballet School have offered taster sessions and demonstrations which have been effective, but you indicate that you will focus more time in the future on building deeper partnerships. As you consider your ongoing arts development your plans seem to cover all the key points – links with other schools, links to a wider range of arts organisations, and a focus on CPD. It would be good to also understand the potential for learners to be involved in some of the decision making and choices around the arts curriculum you’re developing, particularly in relation to arts award and your work as a Rights Respecting School. A great start! Well done!

Our Artsmark Journey…

In December 2018 we began our regular Arts mark journey, where we pledged our commitment to the arts at Delamere for the pupils. Since then we have developed art within the school and ensured the children have a varied, inclusive and authentic experience of the arts. This includes art and design, drama, music and dance.

As part of our commitment to the arts we have adapted the curriculum to ensure it is of an outstanding quality, as well as incorporating the use of specialist staff to provide interventions and introduce arts award to the children whilst raising cultural engagement through building relationships with external arts organisations. We are now on our next journey to achieve our Gold award. Watch this space…

How we plan our sessions/projects is measured against the guiding quality principles of Artsmark. These are –

  1. Striving for excellence and innovation
  2. Being authentic
  3. Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
  4. Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
  5. Actively involving children and young people
  6. Enabling personal progression
  7. Developing belonging and ownership

Take a look at some of the fantastic work the children have taken part in…

Click here to access further information from the national Artsmark website.

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