STUDENTS and staff at a Worcester school are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award.
Nunnery Wood High School has been awarded Platinum Artsmark status – the highest level of recognition given to schools for arts provision by Arts Council England.
Currently 1,566 schools across the country hold Artsmark status and of that only 45 have received a Platinum award.
In order to achieve the highest award possible, Nunnery Wood High had to develop its arts and culture offering to achieve a wide-ranging and balanced curriculum by developing an overall plan.
As an Artsmark school, the Worcester school now has access to a network of resources from some of the most cultural organisations in the country to help strengthen its arts offering even further.
On receiving the award, Nunnery Wood High headteacher Steve Powell said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Platinum level Award.
“We are committed to delivering a high quality art and cultural education, despite the pressures that Government performance measures create.
“Creativity and expression need to stay at the heart of all schools.”
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “We would like to congratulate Nunnery Wood High School on its Artsmark Award.
“As an Artsmark school, Nunnery Wood High exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad, balanced curriculum, ensuring 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 adult life.”