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Springwell Academy Leeds achieves Artsmark Silver Status

30 Jun 2020   |   Adam Bell   |   Springwell Leeds

Following a two year process Springwell Academy Leeds was delighted to receive the news that the school had been awarded Artsmark Silver status on 18th May this year. This Award recognises the development of our Arts curriculum so far and the tangible impact it is having on the children and young people at Springwell Leeds.

In March 2018 the school submitted a statement of intent, outlining a number of ambitious objectives to develop and raise the profile of Arts subjects across the three sites. This in itself was a challenge, as the school was going through a significant period of transition having only opened the East site weeks earlier whilst the North site was still under construction.

Over the past two years nine Arts staff have been recruited to work across the three sites and they have all worked hard to cater for students’ needs and help them to gain valuable skills in Art, Design Technology and Music. In turn many have fostered an enthusiasm for these subjects. Our staff are constantly looking for new ways to nurture and inspire our pupils in class, through extra-curricular activities or in partnership with external agencies and we are delighted that this has been recognised by a national organisation.

Earlier this year we submitted our ‘statement of impact’ to Artsmark. In this document we were expected to discuss the progress we had made in promoting the Arts in detail and provide evidence of the journey we had undertaken as a school since we submitted our ‘statement of intent’. As this document was being developed it became apparent that there is much to be proud of in terms of the Arts provision we provide and that many of our staff regularly go over and above the call of duty for the benefit of our students. Going forward we aim to continue to develop our skills as a team and embed much of the good practise that is already taking place.

Below is the summary statement sent to us by Artsmark on confirmation of our award:

‘Springwell Leeds Academy is to be commended for its commitment to developing artistic and cultural experiences for pupils. You have laid down well considered and firm foundations across the school, which will provide an excellent basis for growth and development of staff and pupils across the Arts. CPD has been a key foundation and your weekly staff meetings to discuss the Arts are a great way of sharing experiences and resources. The guidance and subsequent cascading of knowledge from training sessions led by the Head of Arts is a valuable way of continuing to inform your future planning. You have also provided a range of performance and exhibition opportunities for pupils to celebrate their work, which has helped raise the profile of the Arts across the schools and wider community. A range of rewarding partnerships have been established with organisations offering a range of creative inputs for staff and pupils. You have successfully identified future areas of development in your Statement of Impact and it will be good to read how these progress as you continue your Artsmark journey.’

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