Local MP enjoys cultural tour of two Artsmark schools in Stockton

26 November 2018

Local MP enjoys cultural tour of two Artsmark schools in Stockton

Alex Cunningham MP for Stockton North, recently met with staff and pupils from Wolviston Primary School and Northfield School and Sports College to hear about their Artsmark journeys and to see first-hand the impact and value of cultural learning in both schools.

Wolviston Primary, one of Stockton’s smallest schools, was awarded a Silver Artsmark Award in July. Mr Cunningham took a tour of the school and was able to watch their dancing and singing performances. Through Artsmark, the children have been given a significant voice in making decisions about arts provision, which has been of benefit to all.

At Northfield School, he received a musical welcome and watched their play - The Thankful Soldier, written by a teacher at the school, commemorating the First World War. Northfield School was awarded a Gold Artsmark Award in October last year. Through their work for their award, students at the school successfully applied for funding to set up the very successful Northfield Theatre Company which has staged several productions.

Alex Cunningham MP said: "The role of the arts in our schools can't be under-estimated and the range of talent at both my local schools was extensive. It's not just about talent though - it was great to see so many young people just taking part and enjoying themselves across a range of disciplines. I'd definitely encourage other schools to consider Artsmark as a tool in driving development, confidence and participation - I've no doubt it also helps drive performance in core subjects too."

Elvie Thompson, Culture Bridge North East programme manager, said: “It was a delight to visit Wolviston Primary and Northfield School with Alex Cunningham MP. It was a great opportunity to see the brilliant work taking place and the positive impact Artsmark is having developing the children's creative skills.”