Staff and students at the Elizabethan Academy were overjoyed last week to hear that the work of their Expressive Arts department had been recognised by Arts Council England. The prestigious Artsmark award comes on the back of high profile productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Hairspray, but is also recognition for the work that happens on a day-to-day basis in the department and beyond.
The Academy has now drawn up an ambitious plan to achieve a minimum of Gold Status within a year. This includes further strengthening the collaboration between The Elizabethan and its feeder primary schools through an Artsmark group led by the Academy and the expansion of the Elizabethan Community Choir.
Artsmark status gives The Elizabethan access to a network of some of the country’s most treasured arts and cultural organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and The Sage Gateshead.
Congratulating the school on becoming an Artsmark School, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate the Elizabethan Academy on their Artsmark Award and welcome them into our growing family of Artsmark schools. To become an Artsmark School, the Academy had to demonstrate its dedication to the arts and a commitment to interweaving the arts into all aspects of school life. They have put together an ambitious plan for 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.”
Academy Principal, Chris Horrocks, said that she was “delighted” by the news. “I am a passionate supporter of the Arts myself. Art, Music, Dance and Drama add so much to the life of our Academy, and I have seen so many students grow in confidence and self-belief through their participation in the Arts. We have developed a strong reputation for excellence in the Arts at The Elizabethan, and Artsmark status is recognition of the wealth of talent we have in both our staff and our students.”
The Elizabethan Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England with Company Number 7964360 and has a registered office at Hallcroft Road, Retford, Notts. DN22 7PY