We are delighted to announce that The Long Eaton School has recently applied to become an Artsmark school and that our application has been accepted. We are also incredibly proud that we are the only secondary school in the local area that is an Artsmark school.
Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for school and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. Artsmark provides a framework that is designed to help embed the arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum, celebrating our commitment to cultural education. To date, Artsmark has reached over 1.9 million children and young people across more than 4000 registered settings. Through engaging with Artsmark, the school aims to:
- Support the health and wellbeing of students with arts, culture and creativity
- Ensure every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education
- Build young people’s confidence, character and resilience through creativity
- Strengthen student voice, develop young peoples’ skills and support personal progression
- Engage, motivate and upskill teaching staff using Artsmark’s CPD and whole school collaboration
- Access professional support, advice and resources to strengthen arts provision
- Bring exciting opportunities to young people through new partnerships with inspirational cultural organisations and creative practitioners
- Embed creativity across the whole curriculum and address school improvement priorities using Artsmark’s flexible framework
- Celebrate our commitment to arts and cultural education with our students, parents and local community
- Maintain a broad and ambitious curriculum and equip young people with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life
All of these aims are in line with the school values of respect, ambition, academic excellence, and community.
The Artsmark framework is broken down into different award criteria, and schools are awarded silver, gold or platinum status. As part of our application process, we have completed a statement of commitment which identifies areas that we wish to develop over the next 2 years. As you will see from this document, we are initially working towards achieving gold status. To summarise, over the next 2 years we wish to:
- Improve attitudes towards the arts, raising their profile within the staff, student and wider school community
- Improve careers education and work experience in the arts, promoting careers in this area as valid life choices
- Develop partnerships with arts organisations and industry professionals in order to deliver projects and improve the authenticity of student experiences
- Deliver Arts Award (external qualification) at KS3 as part of enrichment and also in the curriculum
- Involve students more in the planning and delivery of our provision, providing a range of leadership opportunities
- Forge stronger links with local primary schools, helping them to develop and deliver their arts provision
- Explore and review the opportunities we offer students in terms of trips, showcases and extra-curricular opportunities
As mentioned previously, the next stage of our Artsmark journey will take 2 years to complete as we work towards achieving the points listed above. In order to support the school with this we would initially ask you to complete the survey by following this link https://forms.office.com/r/NQXh0Vfkkm. This survey will help us to identify our starting points and also our initial priorities for development. Over the coming months we would also value your support in terms of encouraging your child to engage with arts opportunities within the classroom and in extra-curricular settings, discuss and engage with the arts at home and in the wider community, and to attend school arts showcases (e.g. performances) that will take place.
We will be providing regular updates regarding progress towards meeting our goals and thank you for your support as we embark on our Artsmark journey.