Merseyside school achieves ‘Platinum’ arts status

St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool has recently undergone the process of achieving Artsmark, a national award recognising schools’ commitment to providing high quality cultural education and the championing of art across the curriculum.

The school achieved Artsmark Platinum, the highest level awarded by Arts Council England, as recognition for their outstanding cultural provision.

Whilst working towards the award, pupils at St John Bosco engaged with exciting forms of art in school such as dance, drama, textiles and contemporary Chinese art.

They have also had the opportunity to interact with professionals from the artistic sector, with pupils interviewing actors and dancers who work across the region.

This has allowed pupils to not only gain new skills but to develop their understanding of careers in the arts, with some pupils now considering their future in the creative sector.

Artsmark has opened regional doors for the school, with partnerships developed with The Lowry in Salford, the Merseyside Dance Initiative and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. This has given St John Bosco’s pupils the chance to engage in high quality dance and drama workshops in school and the opportunity for cultural experiences around the region.

Pauline Ellison, faculty head of St John Bosco, said: “Through Artsmark, students have developed confidence and practical skills, this is beyond our initial expectations. We have had 100% participation in at least one arts project outside of curriculum time.

“The arts are now used across key stages and offer opportunities to address relevant themes and issues in today’s society, including citizenship, health and diversity.”

So far, 27 schools have signed up for Artsmark in Merseyside.

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