Burford School receives prestigious Artsmark Award

PUBLISHED: 13:56 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:18 14 November 2017

(L-R): Mr Sean Frankcom (Director of Music), Mrs Katie Shires (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Kathy Haig (Headteacher), Mrs Felicity Wielgus (Art), Mrs Mandy Williams (PE & Sport)

(L-R): Mr Sean Frankcom (Director of Music), Mrs Katie Shires (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Kathy Haig (Headteacher), Mrs Felicity Wielgus (Art), Mrs Mandy Williams (PE & Sport)

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As an Artsmark school, Burford will now gain access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which help to strengthen and deliver arts provision

Pupils and staff at Burford School are celebrating after learning that they have been awarded the prestigious Platinum Artsmark Award by Arts Council, England. Within the Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire area, Burford is one of only two secondary schools to have achieved an award to date and the first one to achieve the Platinum Award.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence. It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. In order to become an Artsmark school, Burford School had to show that their arts and culture provision extends across a broad and balanced curriculum and is being delivered throughout the whole school. Mrs Katie Shires, Deputy Headteacher, worked together with Heads of Departments at various stages to present their Artsmark application and illustrate how delivery of the arts at the highest level is being achieved.

As an Artsmark school, Burford will now gain access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which help to strengthen and deliver arts provision. Through Artsmark, Burford School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.

On receiving the award, Mrs Haig, Headteacher, said “We are extremely proud of achieving the Artsmark Award and delighted that the high quality art and cultural education we provide has been recognised, securing us the highest accolade of Platinum. We look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark and to offer students in our area the very best in arts education.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate Burford School on their Artsmark. As an Artsmark school, Burford exemplifies how the award recognises educational establishments that are providing a broad and balanced curriculum, which gives each of its pupils the opportunity to explore and build a life-long love of the arts.

For more information, visit the Burford School website.

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