Chandler’s Ford Primary receives award

Pupils and staff at St Francis CE Primary School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence. It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. In order to become an Artsmark school, St Francis CE Primary School had to develop their arts and culture provision to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school. As an Artsmark school, St Francis CE Primary School gained access to exceptional networks an resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations of the country, which helped to strengthen and deliver their arts provision. Through Artsmark, St Francis CE Primary School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character. On receiving the award, Esther Jones, Head Teacher said: ‘We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Silver Award. We are committed to delivering a high quality art and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.’ Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: ‘I would like to congratulate St Francis CE Primary School on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, St Francis CE Primary School exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balance curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through their adult life.’