The Arts

 

All pupils, whatever their background, needs and ability are given the opportunity to respond to our world and their personal environment through a range of media, which encapsulates an engaging, broad, rich, and inclusive curriculum.

Staff and children at St Mary's recognise the importance of Arts education within our school and this is why it forms part of our school ethos; valuing our children’s achievements and supporting and caring for their needs across all curriculum areas.

Obviously, with 'The Arts' creativity is key. Children are encouraged to think creatively so as to stimulate and motivate their learning.

St Mary's children are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively, directly through Art and Design, Music, Dance, Drama, school productions and Creative Writing.

In line with our Mission Statement to 'Celebrate Success', our children are given many opportunities to share thei talent whether it be Celebration Assemblies our earning a place on our 'Celebrating The Arts' display board.

St Mary's pupils recognise self expression through a variety of art forms which is valued and respected. Our teaching and learning through the Creative Arts has raised pupil self esteem and their understanding and appreciation of the arts within and beyond the school environment. In addition, cross-curricular links ensure that pupils express themselves through these art forms across all areas of the curriculum.

Lessons consist of identifying and reconising hidden meanings in the work of artists - particularly art capturing events from The Bible. Such art from different times and cultures enables pupils to appreciate artistic heritage, cultural diversity and the roles and intentions of artists.

 

We are proud to announce that St Mary's has acheived Artsmark recognition.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

We are delighted to announce that the school has been awarded the Arts Mark in recognition of the arts and cultural provision that we deliver to the children. Many thanks to Mr Coath and Mrs Gouzien who co-ordinate ‘The Arts’ at St. Mary’s and well done to Louis, Robert and Cariad who did such a good job of showing the validator around during the visit.

 

Achieving Artsmark status means recognition that St Mary's has:

              • an arts and cultural provision for all children and young people
              • staff committed to investing in young people and nurturing talent
              • an effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural organisations
              • a broad and balanced curriculum which values the arts and culture throughout.