At St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School, we believe that the role of Arts and cultural education in a child’s development is fundamental to ensuring that they grow into the well-rounded citizens within our communities. The Arts and cultural studies are a very rich part of our curriculum and we are proud to have gained the Artsmark Award in September 2013 and we have now registered our Statement of Commitment for our next Artsmark Journey together with our partner schools in our Trust. We are aiming to achieve Artsmark Platinum level by Summer 2019.
Our school curriculum ensures that we are fully committed to delivering Arts and culture education that upholds the seven quality principles that are identified nationally as criteria of a high-quality arts education (see the Arts Council website for more information).
The seven quality principles are:
Striving for excellence and innovation
Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
Ensuring a positive, child-centred experience
Actively involving children and young people
Providing a sense of personal progression
Developing a sense of ownership and belonging
We are actively engaged with the Great Yarmouth Cultural Education Partnership and have committed to delivering an arts and culture education that aligns with their education pledge. Children in our school are supported in every way, to ensure that they are receiving a rich, broad and engaging cultural education, in line with the Arts Council Cultural Education Challenge. This includes in our curriculum enrichment activities run before and after the main school day. Our school is committed to delivering a high-quality arts and culture education because we believe this is the a vital element of a broad and balanced curriculum and it is a right that our children are entitled to in order to grow as balanced and rounded individuals.