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Neale-Wade Academy in March celebrates prestigious Gold Artsmark Award

Students and staff at Neale-Wade Academy are celebrating after receiving the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award.

The Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion cultural education and embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.

In order to achieve this award, Neale-Wade Academy, based in March, had to develop the arts and culture provision at the academy and embed it in a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

Neale-Wade Academy celebrates prestigious Gold Artsmark Award. (28337868)
Neale-Wade Academy celebrates prestigious Gold Artsmark Award. (28337868)

Within this plan, the school set up its own radio station which is run by its students. Students can also take part in workshops such as UROCK, perform in plays and musical concerts at the academy and volunteer at community events such as St George’s Fayre, an annual parade and fayre held in the town.

Neale-Wade Academy is part of the Active Learning Trust, and staff at the academy also work closely with other schools in the Trust to share their expertise, helping over 200 students at their feeder school, Burrowmoor Primary School, achieve their Discover and Explore Arts Award.

Neale-Wade Academy was supported by Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge, one of ten Bridge Organisations working nationally with investment from Arts Council England and the Department for Education, in planning and developing their objectives for the Artsmark and worked alongside the school to support their achievement.

Emma Liversedge, head of drama, said: “We are extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. It is just the start of a great journey that we in the arts are happy to share with all students and staff in Neale-Wade, enabling our students to excel in the arts and hopefully progress to careers involving them in the future.”

Jason Wing, executive principal, added: “At the academy, we are continually developing opportunities to widen our students’ horizons and encourage their ambition. The arts have been a fantastic way to engage our students and watch them excel across their learning. Thanks go to Mrs Liversedge and her team who have done a fantastic job in successfully leading the arts across the school and we are looking forward to developing our provision even further in the coming years.”

Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate Neale-Wade Academy on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, Neale-Wade Academy exemplifies how the award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that 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.”

For more information about Neale-Wade Academy, please visit: www.neale-wade.org

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