Rainhill High School has been awarded Arts Council England’s prestigious Artsmark – and it’s Platinum, the highest accolade available.
Artsmark is awarded to schools that embrace arts and culture across the curriculum, and bring to life subjects such as dance, drama, music and film for children and young people. Rainhill is the first school in St Helens to achieve Platinum level.
Executive Principle of Rainhill High School, John Pout, said:
“We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark – and thrilled to have been awarded Platinum status. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education at Rainhill and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.
“Artsmark gives us access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which is fantastic for our students and will help further strengthen our arts provision.
“Through Artsmark, we will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.”
Across the country Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools and education settings for championing the arts and culture. Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their art provision.
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, added:
“I would like to congratulate Rainhill High School on their Artsmark Platinum Award. As an Artsmark school, Rainhill high exemplifies how the award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.”
In achieving the award Rainhill High School was supported in by Curious Minds, an organisation that works with schools to bring creativity and culture into the heart of education.
The school has been a designated Arts College since 2005 and is recognised as one of the leading arts colleges in the country. All students study an Arts subject to GCSE, with subjects including dance, drama, photography and music, while the sixth form Arts Academy offers a stepping stone to careers in creative industries.