Warden Hill Primary School Cheltenham

Artsmark Award

Artsmark Award

We are delighted to announce that Warden Hill Primary has been awarded the prestigious Silver Artsmark Award. Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England.

Over the past few years, the Arts team at Warden Hill have led the school on their Artsmark journey. With the support of the whole school we used our Artsmark journey to transform our thinking around the subject, our use of sketchbooks and looking at how we could give the children ownership of their art work and their creative process. This journey has had a lasting impact on the lives of our young people, opening their minds to an array of experiences and artists from across the world. We really feel that we have embedded a love of arts in our school ethos and curriculum.

Your passion for Art comes across very clearly in your documentation. You have considered profoundly the importance of the use of sketchbooks as an integral part of your whole school pedagogy. Removing the marking of entries, ensuring that children can use the sketchbook in relation to all their learning and giving each child genuine ownership of the process throughout the school is all very impressive. You have supported this development through internal CPD from your specialists, which has also involved a thorough audit of the diversity of your art curriculum, which now reflects and celebrates a wide range of cultures. You have seen some cross-curricular links emerging and you are looking at creating the annual Art exhibition that the pandemic obstructed as well as finding ways of taking your art further into the community.

Music Mark

We are also delighted to announce that we have been invited to become a Music Mark School.

We at Gloucestershire Music/MMG would like to celebrate the value that you place on music in your school by inviting you to become a Music Mark School.

What is Music Mark?

Music Mark – on behalf of its members and the wider sector – lobbies for, and champions, a government supported, high quality, music education provision for all school aged children and young people which addresses diversity, equity and inclusion at its core.

Music Mark believes in the fundamental right to experience a high-quality music education for all children and young people, in and out of their schools.