School celebrates a gold arts award with concert

Cramlington's Cragside Primary School concert for parents.'REF 2506130063
Cramlington's Cragside Primary School concert for parents.'REF 2506130063
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A Cramlington primary school is celebrating after being nationally recognised for its outstanding contribution to arts and cultural education.

Cragside Primary School has been awarded the Artsmark Gold Award.

And to celebrate, pupils showcased their musical talents at a school concert.

The youngsters had been singing and learning African djembe drums, violins and ukuleles, as part of the school’s music tuition service and an out of school club.

And after just two terms of tuition, they showed off their skills at a performance.

This included singing from the Sing Club, an original composition on the African drums, a selection of musical pieces on the violins, Hawaiian music, and singing and dancing from the ukulele players.

Acting headteacher Joanne Parker said: “I’m delighted that Cragside Primary’s dynamic arts education has been nationally recognised.

“Only 14 per cent of primary schools in England have Artsmark status, meaning we are leading the way in providing children and young people with excellent arts experiences.

“Congratulations to all the staff and students at Cragside for their hard work in achieving Artsmark Gold.”

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.