Artsmark Gold Award

Shirley Infant School are very proud to have been awarded Artsmark Gold status recently.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme which enables schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

Achieving Artsmark status demonstrates that Shirley Infant school has a number of very special qualities. It demonstrates that we:

·        have an excellent arts and cultural offer

·        are forward thinking and open to development

·        are committed to investing in our staff and young people

·        are committed to listening to our students and providing opportunities for our community

·        have an effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural                organisations

·        value the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum

To achieve Artsmark, we had to undergo a rigorous application process, followed by a validation visit from a professional arts consultant. We were assessed on many areas of our provision including arts in the curriculum, extra-curricular arts activities, how we work with artists and arts organisations and how well how our arts provision impacts on staff development and the wider community. Our particular strengths are our creative curriculum “There are many examples of  the arts being used within non-arts subjects. This type of application ranges from use as a ‘hook’ to draw children in to a topic through to the arts appearing throughout a topic.”   Our arts provision provides a “positive impact on pupils’ engagement, behaviour, aspirations, their self-confidence and attitude to learning. Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the arts as making the school a happy and fun place to be.”

We hope you share our pride in being nationally recognised for our arts and cultural provision. 

Please take a look at the pictures below of some of the amazing work that helped us to achieve Our Artsmark Gold Award.