Art & Craft Award

We are proud to announce that Shirley Infant School has been shortlisted for the Art & Craft Award.  The Education Business Awards will take place on Wednesday 8th July 2015 at The Grange, St Paul's in London.

The Art & Craft Award is presented educational establishment that can provide first class learning environment and modern flexible facilities for students of Art & Crafts.


Scargill Infant School, Essex

Halewood Academy, Liverpool

Shirley Infant School, Southampton

Nita Hearne, Our Music & Drama Leader, and Tracey Thompson, the school Business Manager will be attending the award ceremony.  We really hope that they come home with the Award.

NEWS UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that we WON the Education Business Award for Art & Craft.  This is what they said about us; Achieving Artsmark Gold status demonstrates that Shirley Infant school has a number of very special qualities.  It demonstrates that the school has an excellent arts and cultural offering, a forward thinking and open to development nature, a commitment to investing in young people, and a value of the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum.  Through the Award, the school was commended for its use of the arts in non-arts subjects which had a positive impact on pupil's engagement, behaviour, attitude, self confidence and aspirations.  Shirley Infant School strengthens and celebrates the arts and cultural provision excellently.

Arts Week - Week Commencing 15th June 2015

We hope that our recent Arts Week might help us to win this award.

Children and staff enjoyed an exhilarating Arts Week and produced some amazing recycled art!

Thank you for all your recycling which was  creatively turned into various sea creatures, fish, ‘beaches in bottles’, sea anemones, portholes “Socktopi”  and of course our Giant Squid!

It all began with the children being expertly ‘hooked’ into our Arts Week by Hand to Mouth Theatre Company. We were all enchanted by the beautiful puppets and children enjoyed participating in ‘A Fishy Tale’.  Then our Arts Ambassadors led an assembly about Recycled Art.

We were so lucky to work with some fabulous artists during the week. Isobel Smith, a professional artist and puppeteer returned once again and this time worked with every child to create our Giant Squid.  


Ex members of Southampton Orchestra played for us and the children really enjoyed listening to their music.

We created ‘Big Art’ in the playground and finally entertained parents in our Samba Stomp led by the very talented Mrs Clark!  

Each class also produced their own fantastic recycled art and along with the Junior School we selected a few items for our Gallery in the marquee at The Summer Fair.


Thank you to all the parents who came into help and also for your lovely comments.  

We are looking forward to another Arts Week next year!