20th January 2017
I am very pleased to report that Wentworth has joined the Artsmark Award:
Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion
the arts and strive for excellence in their provision. It celebrates schools
that embrace the arts across the curriculum and make the arts come
alive for pupils. It is a badge of distinction for schools that engage
children and young people in the arts.
In order to become an Artsmark School, Wentworth put together a Statement of Commitment to the arts, which celebrated the strength of the school’s current arts provision. Namely, the provision of music teaching to Foundation Stage and KS1 by a music specialist, the delivery of the KS2 music Programme of Study by a professional musician and the excellent performance opportunities offered, such as the choir singing at The 02 in February. In addition, as well as individual and small group music lessons offered by Music for Schools, a whole Year 3 class is being taught how to play the violin through the Red Rooster Project.
As part of the Statement, the school was able to articulate its ambitions for our future arts provision, which it will now work towards with the support of the Icon Theatre Group.
My thanks to Mrs Forcella-Burton for her hard work and commitment in making this possible.
When congratulating the school on becoming an Artsmark School, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate Wentworth Primary School on joining the Artsmark Award and welcome them into our growing family of Artsmark schools. To become an Artsmark school, Wentworth had to demonstrate its dedication to the arts. It has put together an ambitious plan which will ensure 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”.
Further details about the award can be found online at www.artsmark.org.uk
I look forward to reporting our progress through the award in the coming months.