School sets gold standard for arts education

Castle Hill School, Todmorden, has been awarded Artsmark Gold status
Castle Hill School, Todmorden, has been awarded Artsmark Gold status

A school has been presented with a prestigious national award after receiving praise for the quality of its creative curriculum.

Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, has received Artsmark Gold status in recognition of its excellent arts education that supports the cultural development of all students.

Headteacher Janet Leggett was delighted to receive the award, which she said was a reflection of the hard work put in by all the staff in recent years.

“It’s brilliant news. I couldn’t believe it really,” she said.

“For the school, it’s fabulous. It shows that we care about creativity here at Castle Hill, providing children with a range of opportunities.

“I’m really pleased.”

The award is another reason for the school to celebrate in 2013, as this year also marks its centenary.

Janet said some of the activities and events that were held to celebrate the milestone were used in the school’s application for the Artsmark award.

“Because it was our centenary this year, we have had lots of things happening,” she said.

“We did a ‘dancing through the decades’ show and had an artist-in-residence, so we really have had a focus on arts through the school.

“Our dedication to the arts was shown from the foundation stage right up to year six.

“It was enjoyable and we could bring things to life for the children.”

The award was the culmination of several years of work.

“Because we have quite a creative curriculum that covers the arts, we thought we would be a good candidate for Artsmark,” she said.

Now the school is looking to continue its success in the future and hold onto the award.

“It’s up for review in three years,” Janet said.

“There’s a new curriculum in the new year, but the arts and creative side will be a priority here as we aim to build on the good work that has been done in recent years.”