Pupils and staff at Stephenson Way Academy are celebrating after receiving their prestigious Artsmark Award.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. The award provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.

There are now over 280 North East schools registered for Artsmark and they are supported throughout their journey by Culture Bridge North East and The Forge who work together to deliver the Artsmark programme in the region. This includes providing advice, practical teaching resources and introductions to leading cultural organisations in the area.

Melanie Carter, Area Manager, Culture Bridge North East says: “We are absolutely delighted Stephenson Way Academy received their Artsmark Award. It’s fantastic to see that so many school leaders are recognising the prestige and intrinsic importance of this award in supporting an arts focussed curriculum.”

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

Through Artsmark, Stephenson Way Academy will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.

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