Mill View Primary School has been recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision with an Artsmark Award.
The Artsmark Award is the Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. It contributes to the cultural aspect of Ofsted's requirement that a school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
In the spring term an external assessor visited the school to meet with pupils and staff to review the arts provision and extensive learning opportunities on offer.
An extract from the official report said: “The students have a tangible love for the arts and enthusiasm for learning and self-expression through the arts. They also display a confidence and pride in their achievements.
“The head and staff team demonstrate an exemplary commitment to developing the arts in all forms as a powerful, dynamic approach to teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum, and a deep rooted understanding of how the arts are a highly effective tool for developing the whole child and those with additional needs.”
Selected pupils met with the assessor and explained their arts curriculum in great detail.
The report added: “Your pupils are your best advocates and they spoke with confidence about the opportunities, facilities and resources that you provide and most importantly the inspirational teaching practice that they receive.”
Mill View Primary School has successfully been awarded Artsmark Gold for the second time. This is recognised nationally as the highest level of Artsmark.