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St Paul's Gains Artsmark Gold Award

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St Paul’s Catholic School has achieved the Arts Council England’s Artsmark Gold Award which recognises that the school is making art and culture come alive for students, staff and the wider community.

Confirming the Gold Award, Emily Fletcher, Senior Officer for Artsmark at Arts Council England, said: “You have a clear commitment to providing rich arts and cultural opportunities for your students, and this is evidently having a measurable impact in promoting pupil well-being and supporting the school in achieving a positive progress 8 score. Through regular arts faculty meetings, your Expressive Arts Team (including senior leaders and a governor) have driven forward the Arts at St Paul's by reviewing the curriculum and developing your schemes of learning and have worked to increase enrichment opportunities including visiting arts professionals and extra-curricular clubs. Staff skills and interests have flourished through a bespoke programme of CPD, led by external arts practitioners and organisations. Mentoring and coaching pedagogies for arts subject specialist teachers have had the effect of ensuring consistency of practice within and across arts faculties. Every pupil in the school has been offered the opportunity to achieve Arts Award Bronze, and Arts Award Gold has been offered to your post 16 students, which has developed students' leadership skills and confidence, and inspired them to view the Arts as a positive career choice through opportunities to volunteer and secure jobs within your partner gallery and theatre. A new opportunity for students to showcase their visual art work in an exhibition raised the profile of the school's art work with stakeholders and the local community. The music curriculum is supporting the school's Catholic values and ethos through increased spirituality and participation in the choir and orchestra, with the support of vocal coaches. Through a collaboration with RISE Christian Theatre Company, culminating in your 'You, Me, Together' short film, pupils have developed their understanding of mental health issues. Students' views are taken into account through regular forums and your post-16 arts ambassador project has enabled students to play an active role in supporting open evenings and performances, with the effect of improving their social and communication skills and confidence.”

Greg Maw, Assistant Headteacher at St Paul’s said:  “The Gold Award recognises that the St Paul’s community has fully embraced artistic and cultural activities and we are committed to providing more opportunities to enjoy the Arts in the years to come.”

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