Staff and students at the Elizabethan Academy were overjoyed last week to hear that they had been awarded the prestigious Gold Artsmark Award. This award from Arts Council England is made to schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence.
The strength of the Academy’s Performing Arts was first rewarded in 2016 with the initial Artsmark recognition. However, Gold status is highly prestigious and the Academy is the only secondary in Nottinghamshire to have been awarded this honour.
Gold Artsmark Award is presented to schools where Performing Arts are firmly embedded in the life of the school, and it is clear that they contribute culturally to all aspects of a child’s education at the Elizabethan.
A particular feature has been the development of the Artsmark Audition, a scheme which sets aside 10% of places in Year 7 for children with a particular talent so that they can benefit from the expert tuition and increased opportunities offered at the Elizabethan. With the Academy now full for September 2018, auditions are likely to be even more important for talented youngsters in Bassetlaw primaries in future.
The Gold Artsmark Award is not just about the success of high profile productions such as Les Misérables and West Side Story, nor the repeated success of the Academy Choir at the annual Worksop Festival. It is very much a reflection of the cultural life of the school.
In making the award, the jury noted that part of the academy’s Artsmark journey to Gold had been “the cultural shift where staff across all departments are now likely to use the arts and creative approaches in their lessons to inspire and engage students.”
Through its Gold Artsmark Award, the Elizabethan will continue to incorporate art and culture into every student’s life, learning, knowldge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.
Academy principal, Christine Horrocks, said she was “delighted” with the Gold Award. “I am a passionate supporter of the Arts myself. Art, Music, Dance and Drama add so much to the life of the Elizabethan, and I have seen so many students grow in confidence and self-belief through their participation in the Arts. It is not by coincidence that the schools I have chosen to lead have shared this passion.”