Saffron Walden County High School receives prestigious arts award

PUBLISHED: 15:59 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:12 04 May 2017

Saffron Walden County High has been awarded a platinum level Artsmark. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Saffron Walden County High has been awarded a platinum level Artsmark. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Saffron Walden County High School has received a prestigious national award recognising its “outstanding” arts and culture provision.

Saffron Walden County High has been awarded a platinum level Artsmark.Saffron Walden County High has been awarded a platinum level Artsmark.

The Artsmark Award is given to schools who champion and embrace the arts and is presented by Arts Council England.

County High has been awarded a platinum level Artsmark – the highest possible – after submitting a case study and statement of commitment detailing the arts curriculum delivered across the school.

In presenting the award, the Artsmark levelling panel said: “Your school’s outstanding arts and culture provision, strong leadership and excellent partnerships were commended by the panel.

“The development of pupil engagement in terms of independence and decision-making were highlighted as particular strengths. A platinum level has therefore been awarded as a reflection of this.”

Caroline Derbyshire, headteacher, said: “We are delighted with this award that recognises the outstanding classroom delivery, examination results and extracurricular opportunities provided by Saffron Walden County High School.

“We strongly believe that arts education is a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum and we are delighted that so many of our students are involved in, and enjoy, the arts provision here – from our cross-arts project for Year 7 to our music academy in the sixth form.”

Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate Saffron Walden County High School on their Artsmark Award.

“As an Artsmark school, Saffron Walden County High School 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.”

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