Teacher’s Voice

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Spotlight On…Prior’s Court School (March 2017)


Here’s what Headteachers and Governors have to say about the impact of Artsmark in their settings:

“Our Artsmark journey has enabled the children to develop their fine motor skills, enjoy the arts through sensory experiences, and access a wider variety of arts both in and out of school. It has introduced the arts as an overarching theme across the whole curriculum, as well as encouraged staff to participate more in visual arts, music and theatrical events.”

- Di Deacon, Lead Teacher for Outdoor Learning, Prior’s Court.

“Going for Artsmark Status has allowed schools to use the gallery in new and inventive ways that goes beyond a one off visit. By making a statement of commitment to support the arts in school, it ensures that arts education is treated with just as much importance as other subjects.”

- Jennifer Scott, Schools Officer, Turner Contemporary.

“The whole process has been illuminating and we have become much more confident at reflecting and evaluating our next steps… Staff confidence in understanding what The Arts are has grown as has the children’s understanding. Everyone’s engagement in the process has been inspirational.”

Mrs Anne-Lise Kadri, Liphook C. of E. Junior School.

“We saw a significant increase in Parental involvement during Artsweek and this had a positive effect throughout the school year; it opened up lines of communication between many Parents and the teaching Staff; it has meant that more Parents are involved as ‘Parent-helpers’; and Children were able to observe that many of their Parents possessed amazing arts skills.”

Mrs A.Gabb, Reception Class Teacher, Liphook Infant School. 

“We have 4 ‘Gold Artsmark’ Awards under the previous award system and are keen to achieve Platinum. The Development Day was very focussed; both enjoyable and informative,  and I now feel I have a much clearer view of the process. I am looking forward to getting underway with our Statement of Commitment once we have shared our findings with the staff. It’s reassuring to know that once that is submitted there is a support network in place to guide us through the case study aspect.”

- Deirdre Carolin, Arts Co-ordinator, Georgian Gardens C.P. School

“Artsmark allows us to benchmark our provision against the highest standards. As a result we promote the arts and are committed to seeking new ways to allow our students to benefit from this part of school life. Seeing the students’ sense of achievement, when they have taken part in a performance reinforces the value of excellent arts opportunities at school.”

- Christopher Anders, Headteacher, Park Community School, Havant, Hampshire



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Spotlight On…Oxfordshire Hospital School (February 2017)

“Artsmark recognises the value, impact and importance of the Arts in education.”

- Jo Townshend, Principal, Rye Studio School, East Sussex

“I am very proud that Wildern has now secured Artsmark Gold four times, as it validates the outstanding learning and teaching that takes place here and the wealth of creativity that is offered to our students.”

Miss M L Litton, Headteacher, Wildern school, Hampshire

“Everyone in our school has enjoyed working together to achieve Artsmark recognition. The children love the opportunities we plan into our teaching for learning the skills for drama, music, dance and creative writing and art. It has really impacted on motivating children for learning and improved the quality of our curriculum.”

- Margaret Beel, Principal, Lyndhurst Junior School (Academy)

“Our children who are not academically gifted are given the opportunity to excel in their art work and show such pride and enjoyment in performing through dance, speaking and drama.”

- Irene Swan Governor, Lyndhurst Junior School (Academy)

“As a real bonus, in taking time to reflect upon and formally evidence the quality of our arts provision, we have generated a brilliant addition to our school self –evaluation documentation to use for Ofsted purposes. We will display the Artsmark Gold plaque with great pride!”

- Adrienne Shields, Chalkhill Education Centre (Out of School Learning Service) West Sussex

“Artsmark Gold status recognises the outstanding arts provision we provide at Helenswood.”

- Lucy Monk, Helenswood School, East Sussex

“Becoming an Artsmark Platinum school after being Gold for 14 years was a huge achievement for our school. Artsmark status has ensured that we have kept the Arts within our curriculum during a time of great educational change and that all subjects are valued highly by both staff and students. As a school we recognise the importance of the Arts and it’s an honour to then have recognised by Arts Council England.”

- Julia Firth, Director of Personal Development, Salterns Academy Trust