Halsey Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK42 8AU
Telephone: 01234407100
Fax: 01234407110
Email:  grange@biltt.org

Grange Academy are a Unicef Silver Rights Respecting School. We are working towards the Artsmark Award.

 

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We are thrilled to announce that Grange has been accepted to start their journey to achieving the Artsmark award. Artsmark brings learning to life through arts and culture. We are also embarking on a wonderful arts and cultural journey by working towards a bronze Artsmark award.

At Grange we believe that the arts have a vital role to play in the educational and personal development of young people; equally, they can contribute hugely to the dynamism, vibrancy and identity of our school.

Artsmark is a great way of acknowledging and encouraging these things, and also the exciting contribution that collaborations with arts organisations and artists can make to our school’s provision. We have successfully been funded to join the BACE project. The Bedford Arts and Cultural Education (BACE) group have launched an innovative and collaborative leadership initiative that bridges the two sectors of arts and education, for the collective good of Bedford’s children and young people. Based on the concept of ‘twin towns’, the project addresses challenges around educational participation and engagement in culture by matching local cultural providers with schools.

We have secured a grant to spend on activities that broaden cultural opportunities for our students – this will give our pupils the opportunity to experience the diverse range of arts and culture experiences we can offer. 

Our first exciting project is a group of pupils working on music linked to technology and then taking part in an interactive and engaging audience participation piece by a composer with the Philharmonia live in concert. The programme offers thousands of children from many different cultural backgrounds and educational circumstances a dynamic opportunity to hear a world class orchestra on their own doorstep, accompanied by the learning resources to fully understand it.

 Benefits to students

  • culture and creativity increases pupils’ confidence, critical and creative thinking, communication and literacy skills, improving attainment in core subjects like Maths and English 

  • introduces the joys of creating and performing and experiencing art to young people who may not otherwise be exposed to it

  • helps encourage pupil voice and leadership skills

  • provides an engaging and accessible way into the curriculum for hard to reach or disadvantaged pupils 

Benefits to our school

  • Artsmark schools gain access to practical teaching resources as well as networks of the country’s leading cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision

  • recognise and celebrate our school’s strengths and get practical support for future ambitions for arts provision

  • provide strong evidence for how our school is meeting its spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements

  • enable non-specialist teachers to be confident in teaching the arts and increase pupil and staff wellbeing