Students’ Arts excellence brings top reward
Students at The Radclyffe School have flourished as leaders and ambassadors for the Arts, enabling the school to share best practice with neighbouring schools. As a result the Arts Council has awarded the school a prestigious honour.
We are the first school in Oldham borough and one of only four in the North-West to receive the Artsmark Platinum Award.
Across Art, Music, Drama and Dance students have played with orchestras, created willow sculptures, sang with gospel choirs, performed Shakespeare on a professional stage and taught dance moves to primary school children.
Students have enjoyed numerous opportunities in and out of school including the BBC’s Music Day, visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, leading and performing at assemblies and even teaching the teachers through Staff Enrichment sessions. Equipping young people to lead was identified as an important ingredient in the school achieving the award.
The focus on these subjects has been reflected in growing numbers of students studying them at GCSE and a great improvement in grades achieved, well above national averages. The school’s aim has been to develop students’ full potential while fostering a love of the arts that impacts on attainment and future aspirations.
Head of the SPA (Sports, Performance and the Arts) Faculty, Alison Taylor said, “The award is the result of a successful two-year journey. We have not only enriched our arts provision, working with many practitioners, but our students’ efforts as Arts Ambassadors have built new partnerships with arts groups and other schools.”
“It has been a rewarding journey, fostering great pride in sharing our creative practice and our students have relished the opportunity to show off their expertise.”
Headteacher Hardial Hayer added, “I am delighted with the news that we are now an Artsmark Platinum School. When the SPA faculty was formed this was our vision and dream. Well, today we are living the dream. Congratulations to all our students and staff who have been involved.”
The Artsmark Panel commended the school’s sense of ambition and commitment to achieving excellence through the arts, as well as offering important space for more personal development and growth. They said “The range of arts opportunities and their quality is impressive, and the school’s confidence to share practice and influence with other educators was very much in evidence.”
Head of Dance, Nina Goddard who co-ordinated the bid added, “What an amazing team achievement by the SPA faculty! It has been an absolute pleasure working closely with such inspiring staff. It is very clear that staff work extremely hard to develop the full potential of our students, to give them a real love for the arts that impacts their attainment and future aspirations. Staff and students can celebrate their hard work with the status of Artsmark Platinum”