Arts award for village school

EDUCATION of the arts at a school near Potters Bar, which has recently set up a specialist arts studio, has seen it receive a nationally-recognised award.

Arts Council England has awarded an Artsmark to Northaw Primary School thanks to the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.

The school, which renovated its Arts Cabin in this year, is one of the 1,676 schools in England to receive an Artsmark this year.

Headteacher Ray Clarke said: “I’m delighted that the arts council has recognised Northaw’s dynamic arts education programme.

“Our students have really enjoyed working with Sharon Gale in our new Art Cabin and I’d like to thank her and all our staff for their hard work in achieving this award.

“Artsmark is more than simply a mark of distinction to us; taking part in the scheme has enabled us to develop our arts provision and see the students who take part become more self-confident, engaged and excited about learning.”

Artist Sharon Gale runs after school clubs and holiday courses from the cabin.

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The Northaw resident said: “The creative work that is encouraged in this small village school, such as the choir, music lessons, after school drama club and of course the big impact that the Art Cabin has made to the school and the local community, has helped to achieve this recognition.”

The award sets the standard for outstanding arts provision in schools.

Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey said: “Arts Council England believes that the earlier children are creatively inspired, the more likely they are to have a lifelong engagement with art – something that can transform lives and give young people a voice for their thoughts and feelings.”