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Capital City Academy receives prestigious Artsmark Gold Award

Posted on: 17/10/2019

Capital City Academy are delighted to receive the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.

In order to achieve the Artsmark Award, Capital had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

On receiving the award, we also gained fantastic feedback from the Arts Council who commended the Academy’s strong leadership and expertise within the Arts, and strong student participation in delivering sessions outside of school for primary school children and running the Arts Gazette. Some other highlights included;

  • actively promoting arts and cultural industries as genuine career choices;
  • developing the voice of young people by involving them in planning and delivering authentic arts and cultural experiences;
  • the curriculum demonstrating an understanding of, and a commitment to establishing, high-quality arts and cultural provision that connects subjects and learning outcomes across all phases and links to the whole setting’s pedagogy

Director of the Arts, Kim Lee, said:
“We are elated about regaining Artsmark GOLD and excited about continuing to further develop even more opportunities within the arts. A big thank you to all the Arts teachers and staff as well as the students for all their hardwork and dedication.”

Principal, Marianne Jeanes, said:
“We are so proud that the fantastic work in the Arts at Capital has been recognised by the Arts Council with this prestigious Gold Award. We are looking forward to Arts week immediately after half term and this year’s primary programme and are very privileged to have an artist in residence working with our students. We are also excited about the project for the London Borough of Culture 2020 that Ms Lee, Director of Arts will be leading for our local community. It is this ongoing work, variety of opportunity and fantastic staff and facilities that have led to this recognition. Well done all.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:
“I would like to congratulate Capital City Academy on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, Capital City Academy exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.”

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