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Wisbech academy sets course for Artsmark





A Wisbech academy has been accepted on a two-year programme to achieve an Artsmark - awarded to recognise commitment to quality creative arts.

The Expressive Arts Department at the Thomas Clarkson Academy has made a successful application to start the process, which usually takes two years to complete.

Artsmark is the only creative quality standard accredited by Arts Council England, and it has a flexible framework designed to embed arts, culture and creativity to support a broad curriculum. It awards silver, gold or platinum levels depending on a range of factors.

Expressive Arts Dancers performed before audiences just before Christmas. Photo: Barking Dog Media/Ian Burt.
Expressive Arts Dancers performed before audiences just before Christmas. Photo: Barking Dog Media/Ian Burt.

“We are delighted that our application has been successful and we can’t wait to begin our journey towards an Artsmark,” said Tahlia Armstrong, teacher of fine art.

“Our academy has always been supportive of our arts creativity and the Artsmark Award will reflect the fact we offer a diverse, high-quality and inclusive arts education. Embedding creativity across the curriculum will strengthen our commitment to both art and cultural education,” she added.

Goldsmiths University, London, is the national delivery partner for the programme and will offer support and training for participating schools. The university, which took up the role in September last year, has a long history of shaping the arts and cultural landscape, and will develop support and training for Artsmark schools.

Some of the students expressive artwork. Photo: Barking Dog Media/Ian Burt.
Some of the students expressive artwork. Photo: Barking Dog Media/Ian Burt.

“This is timely and vital work in a context of economic uncertainty and evidenced inequalities in England’s cultural education landscape, and we are proud of the opportunity to make a difference, inspire ambition and contribute to social mobility through the arts and culture,” said Professor Frances Corner, Warden of Goldsmiths.

Schools taking part in the scheme can be awarded silver, gold or platinum status, based on achievements. A statement of impact has to be submitted within two years and Goldsmiths will offer guidance on producing them.

Each Artsmark is valid for two years and the level awarded will depend on a range of factors, including the evidence of the impact the programme has had.



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