Platinum arts award for school

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A school in Blyth for children with a range of special educational needs has received the prestigious Platinum Artsmark Award.

The Dales School is one of only three schools in the North East to be awarded platinum level under the creative quality standard accredited by Arts Council England.

Teacher Tracey Hutchinson said: “Our focus on the arts and recognition of our hard work and high levels of success is testament to our belief that by offering children access to the curriculum in a creative and imaginative way, we can help children with a wide range of needs to access learning opportunities.

“Children have been excited to be involved in an on-going series of events and activities in line with our creative curriculum.

“For example, What’s in the Box? is a whole school project that paired older children with younger ones to plan and review a topic based around the contents of boxes, which were ‘delivered’ to school and addressed to different groups.”

There are now more than 200 North East schools registered for Artsmark. They are supported throughout their journey by Culture Bridge North East and The Forge – the organisations work together to deliver the Artsmark programme in the region.

For more information, visit https://culturebridgenortheast.org.uk/artsmark