Chailey School celebrates retaining the Artsmark Award
Pupils and staff at Chailey School are celebrating after retaining the prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in their provision within the arts and the school has been recognised for its commitment to bringing the arts alive. Artsmark 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 who engage children and young people in the arts.
In order to become an Artsmark School, Chailey School put together a 'Statement of Commitment' to the arts which celebrated the strengths of the school’s current arts provision. This highlighted the strengths of it's drama, music, dance, art and cultural provision.
As an Artsmark School, Chailey School will now begin to work towards the further ambitions it has set within arts education, both within and beyond the curriculum. In doing so, Chailey School will have access to a network of some of the country’s most treasured arts and cultural organisations nationally and locally.
Commenting on receiving the award, Head Teacher Helen Key said: 'Chailey School is proud to have a broad and balanced curriculum, within which the arts are vitally important. It is fantastic to have been recognised nationally for the quality of our standards and provision in the arts'
Congratulating the school on becoming an Artsmark School, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:
“I would like to congratulate Chailey School on joining Artsmark Award and welcome them into our growing family of Artsmark schools. To become an Artsmark School, Chailey had to demonstrate its dedication to the arts and a commitment to interweaving the arts into all aspects of school life. Chailey has put together an ambitious plan for its arts provision which will ensure every pupil is given the opportunity to nurture a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life. Together with Artswork we look forward to supporting the school as its arts provision goes from strength to strength.”