Arts Council England has awarded The Nottingham Emmanuel School their prestigious ‘Artsmark’ in recognition of the high level of quality arts provision in the school’s curriculum and arts-rich enrichment programme. Artsmark is the first award in a two year partnership with Arts Council England as part of their support for arts in schools: “We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work.” This coveted national award is given to schools who demonstrate commitment and strength in providing students with a range of opportunities to engage in arts activity. The Nottingham Emmanuel School offers excellent GCSE and A Level options, enrichment clubs, performances, instrumental tuition, trips and exhibitions and are pursuing a Gold Artsmark over the two years partnership.
The latest evidence from the University of Nottingham’s 2018 “Time to Listen” research shows us that young people who attend arts and culture rich schools develop their critical thinking and capacity to interpret the world around them. In studying Art, Drama, Music, Dance and Creative Media students develop a sense of their own identity and personal responsibility in their school and community; building self-belief, confidence, empathy and appreciation of difference and diversity.
The Nottingham Emmanuel’s Artsmark joins the school’s recent achievement of Music Mark, in recognition of the value placed on music and the school’s dedication to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Meg Norridge, Director of the Arts and Design Technology Learning Community said “The arts are valuable to our school and central to the wider curriculum offer. The values of the school underpin our practice and ethos of wisdom, hope, community and dignity. We seek academic excellence whilst nurturing individual’s talents.”
Students participate in an inspiring range of arts activity at school, giving them opportunity and challenge to express themselves in ways that support their interests and talents as well as introducing them to new art forms and cultural expression – from rapping about life as a teenager to playing a musical instrument in an ensemble, writing stories, taking part in drama and theatre productions, creating dance, making films, curating photography exhibitions and producing extraordinary textile designs. The staff and students stage performances in school, the community and professional venues and will be showcasing some of their student’s work in this summer’s Fine Arts Festival, taking place on Thursday 26th June 2019.