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South Bromsgrove High School receives prestigious Artsmark Award

Picture: Harvey Saunders-Wooley (with saxophone) Chris Sugars, Chris Smith, Luke McLinden (Peter Pan), Pam Taylor.

Pupils and staff at South Bromsgrove High are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award.  Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence.  It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.

In order to become an Artsmark school, South Bromsgrove High had to develop their arts and culture provision to achieve a road and balanced curriculum.  This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

South Bromsgrove High was supported by Arts Connect in planning and developing their initial objectives.   Arts Connect worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement.

As an Artsmark school, South Bromsgrove High gained access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which helped to strengthen and deliver their arts provision.  Through Artsmark, South Bromsgrove High will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.

On receiving the award, Chris Smith, Headteacher, said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award.  We are committed to delivering a high quality art and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:

“I would like to congratulate South Bromsgrove High on their Artsmark Award.  As an Artsmark school, South Bromsgrove High exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life”