We have just learnt that ALNS has been awarded Artsmark PLATINUM from the Arts Council England.
We have held Artsmark Gold for 14 years and when the Arts Council decided to change the award and introduce an even higher level for truly outstanding schools we knew we had to go for it!
Our journey started back in June when we were asked to be a pilot school for the new award. This meant we had to complete a detailed case study outlining every bit of good practice within the school connected to the Arts. Although this was a lengthy task it was easy to highlight all the AMAZING things that go on at ALNS within the Arts from school plays to Art exhibitions to Dance shows and Music gigs – we do it all here. Once our case study was submitted we just had to wait and this week we were rewarded with the news that the Arts at ALNS are OUTSTANDING.
What it means to be a PLATINUM school:
We will be one of a handful of schools in the whole country at this level. It is awarded to schools who meet a number of criteria, these include:
- Schools must demonstrate over time that the arts and culture curriculum offers an extended and wide variety of learning opportunities in more alternative arts and culture subjects such as digital installations, videography or public art. Older students have the opportunity to have greater input into what they learn, how they learn and how they record their learning. Schools must demonstrate that they have helped or supported other schools with curriculum design.
- The school can demonstrate over time that children have had a wide range of arts and culture experiences at a national level such as:
• theatre trips
• museum visits
• dance events
• art gallery trips
• installations, public outdoor art.
- The school can demonstrate over time that it works in partnership on a larger scale and this may include taking a leadership role that has a positive impact on outcomes for a wider group of pupils and staff.
We have always had a hugely dedicated team of staff delivering Arts experiences for our young people and I am exceptionally proud that has been recognised at such a high level by the Arts Council.
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who has been involved.