Boldon school among the country’s most creative

Joanna Scott art co-ordinator (seated left) and Angela Tennet arts award teacher and pupils at Hedworth Lane Primary School who achieved national arts awards

Joanna Scott art co-ordinator (seated left) and Angela Tennet arts award teacher and pupils at Hedworth Lane Primary School who achieved national arts awards

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TALENTED youngsters have clinched a top award for their creative work.

Staff and pupils at Hedworth Lane Primary School, in Boldon Colliery, are thrilled at being awarded Artsmark status.

Artsmark is a nationally-recognised scheme to encourage schools to celebrate the arts.

Run by Arts Council England, Artsmark status shows pupils, parents, governors and the wider community that the arts are really valued in the school.

Joanna Scott, art co-ordinator at the school, said: “This is only the beginning of our Artsmark journey.

“From here we hope to implement all of the recommendations made to us and ensure that we have an organisation that continues to hold the arts and cultural awareness in high esteem.”

As well as the overall Artsmark for the school, a group of young artists, who worked with their teacher each week after school, have achieved their individual Arts Awards.

The six pupils researched the work of both local, and international artists, created a portfolio of work and pieces of finished work of a very high standard.

Angela Tennet, arts award class teacher, said: “All six students achieved individual Arts Awards at the Explore Level. All six are now committed to the bronze level of study this year.

“We are delighted to have such enthusiastic and committed students.”

Headteacher Tony Gill, added: “We work hard to ensure our curriculum is broad and balanced here at Hedworth Lane School.

“The arts, including drama, dance, music and singing, offers an opportunity for all pupils to excel and achieve high standards.”

In order to qualify for Artsmark, the school had to evaluate its arts and culture provision in and out of the curriculum.

It was also necessary to assess the quality of teaching, resources, staff training and the use of art organisations.

The Artsmark process highlighted that the arts and cultural provision at the school was good, however, could be made even better with its own Arts Council, curriculum drama, effective networking with other schools and more frequent visits to galleries, museums and theatres.