Commitment to arts wins school Artsmark Gold

Dallam pupils star in a recent production of Joseph.
Dallam pupils star in a recent production of Joseph.
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Dallam School has been awarded national recognition for its outstanding contribution to arts and cultural education.

For the second time, the Artsmark Gold has been awarded to Dallam.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme enabling schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. At the moment only five secondary schools in Cumbria have Artsmark Gold including Dallam.

Head of art Sue Leech said: “Artsmark is awarded in recognition of the real commitment we have made in providing top quality dance, drama, music, art and design for our students from Years 7 to 13.

“But it’s not just beneficial for the students; it helps raise our profile, reassures parents and carers that arts and cultural provision is a priority here and it acknowledgs teacher and student effort.

“To achieve Artsmark, we had to undergo a rigorous application process, followed by a validation visit from a professional arts consultant.

“We were assessed on many areas of our provision including arts in the curriculum, extra-curricular arts activities, how we work with artists and arts organisations and how well our arts provision impacts on staff development and the wider community.”

The award means Dallam has an excellent arts and cultural offer and effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural organisations; the school is forward thinking and open to development, committed to investing in its staff and young people, listening to its students and providing opportunities for its community; has an effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural organisations; and values the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum.