Ranelagh Receives Artsmark Platinum
Ranelagh has been recognised for its incredible commitment towards the creative arts education with the prestigious Artsmark Platinum award (the highest accolade) from Arts Council England.
The council commented that our commitment to providing a wide range of high quality artistic and cultural experiences for pupils at our school was exemplar and we have developed “many rewarding and authentic partnerships that have stretched teacher’s expectations and resulted in making measurable positive impacts on pupils learning and outcomes.” Further to this, it was noted that we, as a school, should consider further how we can share out outstanding areas of practice on a wider platform - a true feather in our cap.
Ranelagh’s curriculum ensures that the arts are at the centre of learning – both developing skills in the arts and also as a tool for cross-curricular learning. Don Wry, our Ranelagh Curriculum leader, submitted the statement of intent two years ago and has worked with his Arts team to implement his vision within the school and develop it with in the Trust.
Paul Reeve, Director of Education, Royal Opera House stated, “The arts have a vital role to play in the educational and personal development of young people; equally, they can contribute hugely to the dynamism, vibrancy and identity of a whole school. Artsmark is a great way of acknowledging and encouraging these things, and also the exciting contribution that collaborations with arts organisations and artists can make to a school’s provision.”
Ranelagh has collaborated with Shakespeare School’s Festival (Julius Caesar is to be performed at Stratford Circus on 7th November), the Barbican Centre and Newham’s Every Child programme to name but a few.
Don Wry said, “It is the absolute commitment of our teachers and teaching assistants to encourage creativity within our children which has led us to receiving this amazing award. The Arts enrich children’s experiences and it is vital, in a an ever- changing world, that we give our children the opportunities to be creative as this will give them a rich understanding and allow them to be equipped for the challenges of the 21st Century.”