We are celebrating this week after we received the news that we had been awarded with the Gold Artsmark Award.
Staff and pupils at a local Coulsdon primary school are celebrating this week after they received the news that they had been awarded with the Gold Artsmark Award.
An outstanding award, delivered to an outstanding school
Oasis Academy Byron, an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ primary school in the heart of Coulsdon and part of the Oasis Community Learning family of academies have taken a ‘strategic approach’ to gain their accreditation.
The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. They support settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education.
In 2015, the programme was refreshed to align with School Improvement Plans and support core EBACC and STEM priorities, giving the curriculum breadth and balance.
In order to achieve the award, the school had to develop its arts and culture provision to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum.
Clare Wingrave, Principal at Oasis Academy Byron, commented on the award, saying; “We are extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award.”
“At Oasis Academy Byron we are committed to delivering high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.”
Within the report provide by Artsmark it reads; ‘Oasis Academy Byron have clearly taken a strategic approach in implementing their Artsmark plans beginning with auditing their curriculum, identifying weaknesses when it comes to the Arts and addressing these in a structured and methodical way.’
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said; “I would like to congratulate Oasis Academy Byron on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, young people have the opportunity to develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”
Michael Ellis MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism Department of Culture, Media and Sport, added; “It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.”
“Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.”