River Beach Primary’s Artsmark journey gets off to a great start with visit from Schools Minister, Nick Gibb
Date Created: 18th Dec 2018
Earlier this month, we took part in a visit to River Beach Primary School in Littlehampton, with Schools Minister, MP Nick Gibb, and Richard Russell (Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England). Gibb wanted to see how, as a school, River Beach works to embed arts and creativity in young people’s lives. As the school has recently begun its journey towards achieving Artsmark, it was the perfect opportunity to show all they had to offer…
We were welcomed to the school by a newly-appointed trio of Arts Ambassadors, all from Year Six – Abbey, Elizabete and Sienna – who showed us round and described all the different lessons and projects going on across the school. As part of the visit, we were treated to performances, singing, excellent artwork, and writing through drama.
The school explained: “Our choir and drama club pupils treated everyone to rehearsals of numbers from their upcoming performance at Arundel Cathedral, as well as shows [that are planned for] next year.”
Our CEO, Jane Bryant, was in attendance, and spoke highly of the trip: “The three young Arts Ambassadors were really amazing – we had a great experience at the school. There was a great display of inspirational creativity throughout.”
Arts Council England’s Richard Russell thanked everyone at River Beach Primary for their efforts in showing the group around. “Arts and creativity are clearly part of the ethos of this school. As you embark on your Artsmark journey, there is lots to be proud of in how you embed the arts across the curriculum”, he said.
And so, to River Beach, we wish you all the best as you head towards achieving an Artsmark award, and we thank you for being a champion of arts and culture in education.
Find out more about how Artsmark works to recognise arts and creativity in traditional and non-traditional education settings here