Eight schools in Merton have been awarded the Artsmark award.
Artsmark is a national award scheme managed by Arts Council England that recognises schools who have a strong focus on the arts. The award scheme is open to all schools in England – primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units, both maintained and independent.
Artsmark provides a benchmark for arts provision, which encourages schools to consider the opportunities they offer in art, dance, drama and music.
The following schools will take part in a celebration with the new Mayor of Merton, Councillor John Dehaney, at All Saints Church of England School on Thursday 24 May:
All Saints Church of England School –
Cricket Green School
Haselmere Primary School
Links Primary School
Priory Primary School
Ricards Lodge High School
Singlegate Primary School
Wimbledon Park Primary School
Maureen Pepper, Arts Development Manager at Merton Council, said:
“It’s great news that we now have eight schools in possession of the Artsmark award, and it proves that creativity is very evident in Merton’s schools.”
The Artsmark award lasts for three years. After this period, schools must prove they are still improving their provision of arts to retain the award.