March 18, 2015
On Wednesday 11 March the Artsmark assessor visited Ormiston Chadwick Academy. We are delighted to have been awarded Artsmark Gold for our commitment to the Arts. Below are some of the highlights from the report:
Your school is committed to an inclusive cultural entitlement of the highest quality for all students. You believe the arts can have a transformative effect for students in all aspects of their learning and engagement with school. You use the arts to raise attainment and to engage students fully in school life. You have expanded your GCSE arts options at a time when many schools are reducing provision allowing pupils to take two arts subject through to examination.
You use the arts effectively in non-arts subjects to enhance teaching and learning which is often quite challenging for secondary schools. You have very through and robust procedures for monitoring progression with a clear expectation of improvement for all students which is regularly monitored. You have strategically developed partnerships with a diverse range of cultural practitioners across all art forms; this approach is giving the students a sense of what careers are available in the cultural industries thus raising their aspirations. Your students were polite, articulate and enthusiastic about sharing their achievements during the visit.The dedication of your staff is clear through the extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities delivered by them including residential trips. The standard of work seen was very high, specifically the visual art work on display throughout the school and the excellent sketchbooks viewed.