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Trafalgar receives prestigious Artsmark Award

10 Nov 23

Pupils and staff at Trafalgar School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Gold Artsmark Award. 

Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports them to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum, bringing learning to life for children and young people.

To achieve their Artsmark Award, Trafalgar had to develop their arts and cultural provision to embed a broad and ambitious curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

“Evidently, you place high value on the arts, and recognise that they serve to underpin your school values of Inclusion, Respect, Community, Aspiration and Resilience. There is a firm commitment to promoting the arts at Trafalgar, and to increasing your students’ cultural capital and, as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, the Duty Bearers ensure that pupils receive their right to participate in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.” The Artsmark assessor commended Trafalgar on our Activities Week, stating “Your Activities Weeks have facilitated a variety of enrichment opportunities, such as workshops with artists, theatre trips, residentials abroad and gaming sessions.”

On receiving the award, Mrs Copeland, Executive Headteacher said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.”

Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Trafalgar School on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, ambitious and creative curriculum, young people have the opportunity to develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”