We are thrilled to announce that Grange has been accepted to start their journey to achieving the Artsmark award. 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.