Blyth School Celebrates Platinum Artsmark Status

11 Jul 2017

 
The Dales School in Blyth, a specialist school for children with a range of special educational needs, has clinched a top award  for creative work.

It is the first school in Northumberland to achieve the Platinum Artsmark award.

Artsmark is a nationally-recognised scheme to encourage and help schools to provide a good arts education and unlock youthful potential.
Run by Arts Council England, Artsmark Status celebrates schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence. 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.

Tracey Hutchinson, the school’s creative curriculum co-ordinator at The Dales School, explains:

“We are committed to a creative and imaginative  approach to learning so we  can help children with a wide range of needs, abilities and learning styles reach their full potential.”

“We have been making use of the fantastic organisations and opportunities here in the north east. A recent highlight was our involvement in the Baltic Stars project in which our  pupils were involved in planning, making and holding an exhibition at the Baltic, in Gateshead for their families and the wider community to attend. ”

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor  Wayne Daley, cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services said:
“ The Dales School’s well-deserved Platinum Award shows pupils, parents, governors and the wider community that the arts are really valued in the school.

“The school has worked hard to ensure its curriculum is broad and balanced. The arts, including drama, dance, music and singing, offers an opportunity for all pupils to learn together in  creative ways and nurture  their untapped potential while really enjoying their time at the school.”