We’re delighted to have been awarded the Platinum Artsmark, the highest level of the awards given by Arts Council England in recognition of schools’ exemplary commitment to the Arts and Culture. As one of only 45 schools nationally and only two secondary schools in Yorkshire to have currently attained the Platinum level, we are feeling very proud of our Creative Arts team.
The award is the culmination of a substantial journey undertaken by the school. Ryburn students all have a wealth of opportunities to experience quality arts activities, continually developing their skills and understanding, and many taking an active lead in Arts Development in the school. Being in the creative hotspot of Calder Valley has allowed our school to make the most of links with local artists and the wider community, from performing at Arts Festivals to collaboration with professional artists, giving students the chance to see the economic and employment opportunities in the cultural sector.
“We’re so proud of our Platinum Artsmark! The journey we took encouraged us to structure and evaluate our Arts provision in relation to the broader curriculum and as a tool for exploring the themes of British Values. In doing so, we have encouraged more students to take a lead in the Arts and have encouraged staff to understand the social, moral and cultural benefits of the Arts. It has helped to cement creativity at the heart of our approach as a school and as a local community, not as something narrowly confined to a subject box.”
– Triestina Bozzo, Head of the Creative Arts Faculty
“The panel commends the school on the wide range of opportunities for quality experiences in the arts including dance, film and drama. There is a great deal to celebrate including your participation in national and international events. The panel also noted the positive impact the work of the student Arts Council had, not only on exploring values but on the young people's own confidence and competencies.”
- Comments from Artsmark Panel.
The photographs in this post all show the artworks created for the Piece Hall in Halifax by Ryburn students working with artist Frank Darnley and inspired by Chris Mould. Our students also led a workshop with students at St Mary's Primary School to create their own window illuminations. All of these are displayed as window illuminations until 10 December.