13th October 2023
Students and staff at Windsor High School and Sixth Form are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award in a momentous year for the programme as it celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools. The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum. Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.
In order to achieve the Artsmark Gold Award, Windsor High School and Sixth Form had to develop their arts and culture 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. The highlights being a visiting professional artist and musician working with over 100 students to create a shared outcome, including animation and performance at celebration events at the MAC and Walsall Arena, the collaborative show High School Musical, extensive trips and visits to arts and cultural establishments, enriching the experiences of young people, as well as extracurricular arts sessions in and out of school.
Miss Jefferies, Faculty Director of Arts and Technology said:
It has been an exciting and uplifting journey to identify where our strengths already were as a school in terms of the arts and looking at ways we could establish new partnerships, involve more staff and young people to enhance our arts and cultural offer. Working collaboratively has maximised the impact and I am very grateful to all the support and enthusiasm of staff and students alike."