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Wilby Primary School

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Artsmark Gold

Age range: 4-11

Region: Suffolk

Wilby CEVC Primary School is a small rural school with 75 pupils. They were awarded their Artsmark Gold award in June 2018. We spoke to their Headteacher Roisin Wiseman about their Artsmark journey.

“The Arts have always been central to the ethos at Wilby Primary School but working towards our Artsmark Gold has helped us to identify and celebrate what we already do. We’ve extended our provision further in order to enrich the curriculum in innovative ways and provide high quality arts experiences which extend beyond the school day.

Artsmark has enabled us to provide exciting high quality learning opportunities for our children which sit firmly at the centre of everything we do. They bring cohesion to learning experiences from across the curriculum, enabling children to make sense of their  experiences and to express how they feel about them.

We were delighted by the enthusiasm that the whole school community had for our Artsmark journey. It brought us all together, staff, governors, parents and pupils all working towards the same goal which we believe is central to the way that our school works.

No one should underestimate the power of the Arts to engage-regardless of each child’s starting point, they provide everyone with the opportunity to achieve the highest levels. Confidence gained in the Arts has impacted positively upon enjoyment, engagement and progress across the full curriculum.”

‘We are encouraged to be creative and express ourselves freely-no one is wrong. This gives us confidence and makes school so much more fun-it makes us want to be here!’ (Maryellen and Jerome Year 6)

“Wilby Primary School celebrates receiving top arts award!”

A Suffolk primary school has been honoured with a top arts award in recognition of its innovative curriculum.

Wilby Primary School had been working to raise the profile of the arts for staff, parents and pupils alike, reflected in its application for the Gold level Artsmark – which is awarded by Arts Council England.

Read the full article in the East Anglian Daily Times.

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