We were delighted to receive the Artsmark Gold Award in 2019, valid for two years. This was in recognition of the wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities available to children. The award letter stated that:
"You have increased partnership working over the past two years, enabling staff and pupils to raise their expectations and demonstrate their work in a range of settings. The staff have successfully integrated arts and cultural activities into the curriculum to provide progressive and stimulating activities. The evidence also highlights the benefits that art activities has had on other curriculum areas, including raising attainment in writing."
We were pleased to be nominated for this award by the Nottingham Music Hub, of whom we are a member. This recognises how we offer a range of musical opportunities and high quality teaching to our children. As children move through school, they have increasing opportunities to learn an instrument - including ALL children in Year 4 who take part in whole class ensemble throughout the year. In Years 5 and 6, children can have individual tuition and participate in extra opportunities such as Music Camp at Ilam Hall, Area Band, and performances at venues such as the Royal Concert Hall and the Albert Hall in Nottingham. We also have a specialist teacher, Ms Sally Need, who we employ to teach music across the school and lead a whole school singing assembly, whilst our Reception children thoroughly enjoy weekly interactive music sessions with the fabulous Rainbow Stripes.