Wilmington Academy awarded the Artsmark Gold Award

Leigh Academies Trust are delighted to announce that Wilmington Academy has been awarded the Artsmark Gold Award.

See the excerpts below from the letter received by Principal, Tracey Trusler.

As a Gold Artsmark school Arts Council England celebrates your commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level and the opportunities embedded across your provision. Your children and young people have equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a diverse range of high-quality arts and cultural activities and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff in these areas. You engage with a range of arts and cultural organisations and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture and you are working to share the expertise you have established.

The panel commended the commitment from your head teacher and Artsmark Coordinator in recognising and developing areas of practice that needed to be strengthened within the arts at your school. The improvements instigated have resulted in an increased take up of arts based subjects and a rise in academic attainment levels across the academy. The panel recognised your strength in empowering students to take an active role in developing artistic and cultural activities.

Tracey Trusler commented: “In times when many schools are abandoning the arts and technology in favour of the Ebacc, I am very proud of the fact that we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that recognises the enormous contribution the arts make to the development of young people.  Encouraging creativity is absolutely essential in my view.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible on top of the day job.”