Local MP Andrew Gwynne has visited St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Reddish to see how the school is working towards gaining a Gold Artsmark.

Accredited by Arts Council England, Artsmark supports thousands of schools and education settings across the country to embed creativity across the whole curriculum, preparing children and young people for a very bright, creative future.

As well as recognising schools that are making the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a practical and valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision whatever the starting point.

It provides schools with access to enviable networks of leading cultural organisations that will enable them to use the arts to engage and develop happy, self-expressed and confident young people and inspire teachers.

St Mary’s School has already achieved Silver status and is now looking to reach the Gold standard.

In partnership with Z Arts, the children have been developing their skills in art, music and drama. Activities have included a jazz workshop, theatre visits and art projects.

While at the school, the Eco Council took the opportunity to show Andrew their ‘forest school’. Through the school council the children highlighted that they wanted to do more work outdoors and they have created a space on the edge of the Tame Valley where they can learn more about nature and the environment and promote ‘eco-friendly’ values.

Andrew Gwynne said:

‘I’ve had a fascinating morning at St Mary’s finding out about the creative work the children are doing to gain the Gold Artsmark.

It was also great to hear from the Eco-Council about how enthusiastic the children are about their local environment. They told me about the impressive work they have done to raise awareness about the really important issues facing our planet, such as the use of single-use plastics”

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