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Platinum Provision

The latest round of awards were announced last Friday at the end of Artsmark Celebration week and the feedback from the levelling panel at the Arts Council said that ‘Bourne Westfield have focused on delivering a high quality arts and cultural education for their children through refining their curriculum and assessment model, increasing the range of opportunities, supporting teacher development, CPD and building partnerships. Of particular note is the expertise in music and the strength of partnerships the school have built’.

Arts Director Rebecca Beavis is thrilled to be awarded the Arts Councils Highest award for commitment to Arts and cultural education, commenting, “Bourne Westfield pride ourselves on ensuring that the education we provide for our children is a rounded one, and the Arts are an intrinsic part of ensuring that all children reach their potential and are recognised and celebrated for their talents.  The Arts are a great way to bring other elements of the curriculum alive and the children really benefit from creativity being woven throughout everything we do in school.”

As a Platinum Artsmark school, Arts Council England celebrates the schools commitment to arts and cultural education across all levels of the school and the opportunities which have been established. The children are offered equal opportunity to influence, lead, and experience and evaluate a diverse range of high-quality arts and cultural activities across a broad range of media and the school have worked to development opportunities in these areas. They have built strong partnerships with arts and cultural organisations and the children have an opportunity to continually develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture. 

This result comes at the end of a particularly successful Arts year for the school who recently celebrated the opening of their purpose built music facility.  The school collaborated with local Artist Helen Graham in July last year to bring 7 local schools together for a Bourne Schools collaborative Arts exhibition, and worked with 5 local schools to orchestrate a samba concert on the school field at the end their Arts Week, they were also successful in acquiring funding to enable a group of Year 5 and 6 children to work with ‘Shakespeare for schools’ and will be performing Macbeth at the Key Theatre at the end of October to a public audience.

Headteacher, Elaine Radley, commented “The arts are so important in allowing children to express themselves fully.  We have had an amazing journey on our way to gaining the Platinum Artsmark Award.  We have made great friendships and collaborations with schools both locally and across the East Midlands and our children have accessed some truly inspirational opportunities.  We like to thank everyone who has been involved from the outset to fruition.”