Wallsend school is 1,000th in country to make its mark as part of arts project
Wallsend's Denbigh Community Primary School has become the 100th school to register for the national Artsmark programme in the North East since its launch in October.
The Denbigh Avenue primary is also the 1,000th school to sign up to the Arts Council England initiative to boost pupils’ cultural education.
Louise Guthrie, headteacher of the North Tyneside school, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and showcase the outstanding range of experiences we share with the children while improving their skills within the arts.
“Through our Artsmark journey, we hope to continue to forge relationships and create new partnerships with a range of professionals and people working within the arts.”
“The children who attend Denbigh exude enthusiasm, enjoy every minute of their day and embrace new challenges.
“We are all excited for the times ahead during this journey.”
Kehri Ellis, chief executive of North Tyneside Learning Trust, added: “We are delighted to be able to support our schools to achieve Artsmark accreditation.
“Ten of our schools, including Denbigh Community Primary, participated in a joint Artsmark development day recently. We are very confident that many of them will achieve gold awards this year.
“The trust is committed to extending this opportunity to all of its schools on a three-year rolling programme.”
Melanie Carter, area manager for Culture Bridge North East, said: “We are thrilled that Denbigh Community Primary is the 1,000th school in the country to register for the new Artsmark, and that is made extra special by it also being
the 100th north east school to sign up to the scheme.
“Since the new Artsmark launched in October, we’ve seen a huge amount of interest from schools all over the region keen to give their arts and cultural provision the recognition it deserves and who want to create even more exciting opportunities for their pupils to grow and learn through involvement with the arts.
“We are lucky to have such a vibrant cultural scene here in the north east, and the number of Artsmark registrations demonstrates that this is recognised and valued by our schools.”
Schools can register by visiting www.artsmark.org.uk/registration