Perry Wood receives prestigious Artsmark GoldAward




Pupils and staff at Perry Wood are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award.

Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports them to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum, bringing learning to life for children and young people.

In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, Perry Wood had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

The Artsmark assessor commended Perry Wood by saying “Your school has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Arts and an inspirational and effective mechanism for learning. This is most clearly evidenced through your plans to embed the Arts within and across the curriculum which as a feature of your most recent phase of development seems to have strongly utilised drama and role play as a mobiliser for children’s engagement with learning skills and knowledge…You also report some exciting developments arising from the West Midlands Hub you are part of. You have worked collaboratively with local schools to provide Arts activities where pupils join with peers from local schools.”

On receiving the award, Head Suzanne Beston, said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. We are committed to delivering high-quality art and cultural education and we look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark.”

Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said:

“I would like to congratulate Perry Wood on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, young people have the opportunity to develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”