July 16th 2019
Artsmark Platinum Award for Queensbridge
We are delighted to announce that Queensbridge has been given the Artsmark Platinum Award in recognition of our dedication to the visual and performing arts.
Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.
In presenting this award, Artsmark highlighted Queensbridge School's "firm commitment to a creative, arts-rich approach to learning and teaching."
The following observations were made on our achievements and initiatives during the assessment period -
...New partnerships have flourished – the collaboration with the Birmingham Hippodrome and Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda project was an opportunity to develop musical theatre skills, and to disseminate these to other schools as an ‘RSC Matilda Champion School’.
Another noteworthy project was the ‘We Will Rock You’ performance, which positively impacted on students’ self-esteem and attitudes to learning across the curriculum, as well as increasing parental and local community engagement through unprecedented ticket sales. These, and other cross-curricular arts projects (such as the National Youth Inspire Orchestra performance) have inspired and motivated your student Arts Ambassadors...
You’ve also made a very positive start to advocating for the Arts beyond your own setting, for example, through the CPD work your arts team led with four local junior schools."
"This is a fabulous way to end the term and is a true testament to our commitment to the arts over many years at Queensbridge. In striving for Platinum we have reached new levels of creative and dynamic work - thank you to our talented pupils, our partners and to the Arts team who live and breathe just what the arts can achieve in school - so proud!"
-Mrs Reeves, Headteacher.
“This is really important for the ethos of school, demonstrating our rich curriculum and arts-focused agenda. Well done!”
-Darral Harman, Chair of Governors