School is going for a gold mark

St Ann's CoE in Rainhill has been awarded a Golf Mark for its commitment to arts education
St Ann's CoE in Rainhill has been awarded a Golf Mark for its commitment to arts education

A RAINHILL school has won a top arts prize.

St Ann’s CoE Primary School was awards the Arts Council’s Artsmark Gold for its commitment to excellence in arts education.

Head teacher Rebecca Wilkinson said: “I’m delighted that the Arts Council has recognised St Ann’s dynamic arts education programme.

“Our students have really enjoyed working with a wide variety of artists and taking part in a huge range of cultural visits to local galleries, concert halls and theatres.

“I’d like to thank all our staff for their hard work, particularly our Creative Arts Co-ordinator, Lynn Aconley.”

Alan Davey, Arts Council England’s chief executive, said: “Arts Council England believes that the earlier children are creatively inspired, the more likely they are to have a lifelong engagement with art – something that can transform lives and give young people a voice for their thoughts and feelings.

“Artsmark - now nationally recognised as a prestigious and coveted award, supported by the Department for Education and Department for Culture Media and Sport - sets the standard for an outstanding arts provision in schools and other education settings and it’s great to see so many new settings attaining Artsmark this year.

“This award recognises St Ann’s commitment to providing exciting art experiences and their belief in the power of creativity.”