Artsmark achieved

A RECORD-breaking number of schools in the East Midlands, including two in Bourne and one in Gosberton, are among 1,580 across England that have achieved an Artsmark award.

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy received Artsmark Gold, while Bourne Academy and Gosberton House School both achieved the Artsmark.

Of the 99 East Midlands winners, 42 achieved the highest accolade, Artsmark Gold, reflecting a significant increase on previous years.

Artsmark is the national programme that enables schools to celebrate, strengthen and evaluate the arts activities they provide.

By achieving Artsmark, a school shows its commitment to providing a high quality arts and cultural offer for young people.

Arts Council England’s Director for the East Midlands region, Peter Knott, said: “This is the biggest year for entries from the region since the scheme began and also the highest number of Gold awards ever achieved.

“Overall it has been a tremendous year of learning, activity and enjoyment through the arts for all the young people who have taken part, many of whom will have been inspired to take their interests to a higher level.”