Pupils and staff at Ellington infant School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award as the programme celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools.
The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum.
Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.
To achieve their Artsmark Award, Ellington had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and ambitious curriculum.
The Artsmark assessor commended Ellington on the creation of their art studio for children, the recently formed school choir, the arts being visible across the curriculum, and the strength of community partnerships that have been forged over the last two years.
On receiving the award, Headteacher Adnan Ahmet said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and this continues to be an integral part of the comprehensive curriculum that we have designed for the school.
“We will continue to look for new opportunities to enrich our children’s experiences while they are with us, and I look forward to seeing what is next in our journey.”
Dr Darren Henley CBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Ellington Infant School on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, ambitious, and creative curriculum, every pupil can develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”