Sacred Heart Catholic High School celebrates second platinum Artsmark award

12 December 2019

Sacred Heart Catholic High School celebrates second platinum Artsmark award

Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newcastle has been awarded the prestigious platinum Artsmark award by Arts Council England for the second time.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate the arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.

Suzanne Howell, Head of School, said: “We are incredibly proud to achieve this prestigious award for a second time, it is testament to the hard work of our staff who always go above and beyond to deliver such excellent arts offer here at Sacred Heart. Credit also goes to our students, who relish every opportunity we can offer them in the arts sphere. As a culturally rich school, we are committed to reducing the barriers that prevent children from accessing the arts. All students, regardless of heritage, specific educational needs, status or family income are encouraged and fully supported to participate in cultural activities and arts learning.”  

There are now 309 North East schools registered for Artsmark. Culture Bridge North East and The Forge work together to deliver Artsmark in the region. This includes supporting schools at all stages of their journey, providing training, advice and introductions to leading cultural organisations.

Kerrie Palma, Head of Performing Arts, said: “We are delighted that once again Sacred Heart Catholic High School has been awarded an Artsmark Platinum Award.

“We have relished the additional responsibility and opportunities afforded us by our previous platinum award. We were chosen to host a dance event led by Dame Darcey Bussell; our ongoing partnership with the RSC has led to active leadership through our National Teaching School work; we have been involved in national research projects, such as speaking at a Westminster briefing about the importance of arts in the curriculum and at the House of Lords to an education select committee. These opportunities have been both an honour and delight.

“We look forward to further enriching our students’ creative experiences in visual arts and music and extending our reach and influence through collaboration with other schools.”

Melanie Burgess, Culture Bridge North East area manager and Artsmark lead, said: “We are absolutely thrilled Sacred Heart has received a Platinum Artsmark award for the second time. All Artsmark schools are committed to giving their pupils real opportunities to engage with the arts throughout their school careers and Sacred Heart’s well-deserved platinum award reflects the richness, range and quality of their arts provision.”

Find out more about Artsmark and how Culture Bridge North East can work with you to achieve it.