We've applied for Artsmark status which means as a school we can develop our arts provision across the school using the support of the Arts Council and Artsmark.
The arts curriculum at Grange has been implemented and developed to support students in their development of social and transferable skills, employability and to enhance their CVs and future applications.
We see the arts as an integral and vital part of education not only to support students’ academic studies and values but to also develop their cultural capital.
All students currently participate in the arts via the curriculum at KS3 through Art and Performing Arts. Two vocational courses are offered as GCSE. Plus the students have a range of extra-curricular activities available such as:
- After school clubs
- Music lessons
- Trips to galleries and theatres
- Internal and external performance opportunities
We have forged a partnership with Freedom Studios, who run a Youth Theatre in School and key staff members are members of the LCEP (Local Cultural Education Partnerships) in Bradford.
The school is currently developing and embedding a strong positive Granger ethos, whereby students and staff identify themselves as being “True Grangers” and demonstrating the idea of being their best selves. The development of the arts and culture is now to be at the heart of this.
We want to encourage more engagement with the arts by:
- Increasing attendance and participation in extra-curricular activities.
- Increase audience sizes at showcases and performances by our students.
- Increase up take onto KS4 arts courses.
- Improve attitudes, behaviour and results in arts subjects.
Through Artsmark we aim to solidify this and develop it further, improving staff and students’ confidence and engagement with the arts.
We wish to ensure that the arts are fully engrained into life at the school and that it becomes the cultural norm for Grangers to participate and appreciate arts activities as a part of their contribution to the school and local community. Ensuring that they leave Grange as well rounded and culturally educated young people.
You can read all about Artsmark on their website here: https://www.artsmark.org.uk/