Thank you for your submissions to Artsmark.
Your Statement of Commitment and Case Study have been reviewed by our assessment panel and we are delighted to inform you that Criftins CofE Primary School (DfE 8933031) has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations!
The panel has made the following comment about your submissions:
Criftins School sets out a confident vision of an arts rich learning environment in a rural setting, where the capacity for risk taking and pushing boundaries among the staff has led to a flourishing of independent learning among pupils. The main thrust of activity seems to have been to move away from large scale ‘wow-factor’ performances a handful of times each year, and to instead embed arts rich learning in smaller, more personalised chunks throughout the year and across the curriculum. The Case Study suggests three main benefits that have accrued as a result: “Artsmark has enabled us to review what the Arts looks like across the curriculum and it now has a firm place in all subjects. We have been approached by local schools to share good practise and our partner federation has now stepped into the journey with us. Artsmark has enabled us to further develop our growth mindset culture; no longer do we have children who ‘can’t draw’ we have pupils who are individual in the way they create. We believe we are quite brave in the way we structure our curriculum and as an outstanding primary school (Jan 2016) we have developed beyond what we thought ever possible always embracing new ideas and deepening current practise. Arts mark has supported our church school heritage and has brought creativity into worship which in turn has motivated our young children to be better citizens.” In order to build on these successes in the future and to consolidate your Artsmark award further it would be interesting to see deeper reflections on the link between your new curriculum and the high levels of achievement your learners are attaining. It would also be interesting to understand the way you are able to effectively share learning and practice with other schools more widely as your expertise progresses.
Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!
Please read below the Journey to ARTSMARK!
We are always working to extend our curriculum for our pupils, whether that is in the classroom, on Educational Visits, during extended schools or in the community. This academic year (2017/18) we are working towards ARTSMARK as a way of extending our provision and evaluating what we consistently provide as a school. Last year during the summer term we achieved a heritage award form Historic England for our heritage study in the local community. This was a wonderful project which is still ongoing and was a forerunner to us applying for the ARTSMARK Award.
If you have time and are interested please read our statement of commitment for this year. This outlines all that we aim to do as a school and celebrates all that we already doing. This also made us realise that we do far more every day than we actually realise which is regarded as just 'normal' practise in Criftins.
Mrs Hardwick has a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Art. She is a wonderful support to both children and staff and an asset to the school. Mrs Hardwick is leading the development of arts across the school supported by the Headteacher and Federation Governors. She is your point of contact if you would like to get involved in school. We welcome local artists an arts groups and encourage the community to come and have a go!