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We are pleased to announce that Penkford School has achieved the Artsmark Gold Award. 

What is Artsmark?

Artsmark award celebrates schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in their provision.

“We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work.

Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the Artsmark award will help schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way to demonstrate this.”

One of our 4 key priorities this year is to make sure that all pupils have the opportunity to experience a range of exciting cultural experiences and to spend time learning about the different arts in lesson-time.

To find out more about Artsmark, go to their website here.

ARTSMARK Journey At Penkford School

Penkford School would like to proudly announce our commitment to promoting high quality arts and cultural educational opportunities through the ARTSMARK journey. ARTSMARK is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. We decided to register with the organisation to further inspire our students to create, experience and participate in arts and culture. Building confidence, resilience and providing the tools for our students to grow into happy, articulate and successful young people is at the root of our school ethos.

 We have been working hard to meet the ARTSMARK quality principles which are;

  1. Striving for excellence and innovation
  2. Being authentic
  3. Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
  4. Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
  5. Actively involving children and young people
  6. Enabling personal progression
  7. Developing belonging and ownership

The cultural provision we have provided during this journey has been varied, cross-curricular and strives to greatly benefit our student’s knowledge, understanding and awareness of the arts and culture.

Here is a snapshot of some of the varied activities we have provided to date some of which can be seen on Twitter:-

  • Music and Creative poetry Arts Awards with special workshops by rap artists and published poets.
  • WWI poetry and art poppy installation – St Helens Star
  • Arts experiences during the Somme100 battlefields trip, music, sculpture, ceramics, installations, poetry, literacy.
  • Reading for pleasure initiatives, creative book reviews. Developing the quad area, combining design, art and literacy.
  • Musical experiences, St Helens Music– assembly performances, music lessons. Music service Summer concert and Supersing.
  • Forest school creative activities – leaf art, outdoor sculpture, found objects, creative thinking.
  • Staff CPD sessions – Making Mosaics, DIY skills, encouraging artistic flow.
  • Parent craft groups – Glass painting and frame embellishment.
  • STEAM – food design, creative baking, making, marionette puppets, glass blowing, bird box design.
  • Trips – World of glass workshops, World museum – Egyptology, Liverpool museums, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra visit People’s museum art and history trip.
  • Penkford art exhibition showcasing a varied selection of arts and cultural experiences.
  • Science and ICT - stop motion animation, creative book design KS2.
  • St Helens youth open art competition – exhibited at the world of glass, evening exhibition.
  • YPDATT – St Helens college drama performance on the dangers of illegal drugs.
  • Merseyside police/Aerial trust – Gun and gang culture drama production.
  • Social media links on twitter to acknowledge Arts and Culture activities.
  • Draw and talk therapeutic sessions.
  • Mental health week- incorporating a variety of arts, crafts and cultural experiences to promote mental health awareness.
  • Enrichment
  • Celebrate drawing as a therapeutic medium through The Big Draw Festival. Including cross curricular links/animation.
  • Installation of Photoshop to enhance digital art mediums.
  • Introducing glass fusion techniques using our very own glass kiln facilities.

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