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Gold award shows school has a heart for art

PUBLISHED: 10:39 08 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:26 09 June 2019

Dereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: Neatherd

Dereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: Neatherd

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It's official: Dereham Neatherd High School has art at its very heart.

Dereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: NeatherdDereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: Neatherd

The school for pupils aged 11-16 has been awarded the Arts Council's coveted gold Artsmark for its work in subjects including art, photography, drama, dance, music and design and technology.

Chris Smith, the school's head teacher, said he was delighted with the accolade.

Mr Smith said he wanted to thank school staff for: "their dedication to adding cultural and creative value to students' lives".

Sally Sanderson, the school's head of creative arts, added: "Our success in artistic endeavours is only achievable because of the strong partnership that we have with our fabulously creative students and their parents.

Dereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: NeatherdDereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: Neatherd

"It is the hours and effort that everyone puts into creative projects that make Neatherd such a vibrant artistic community."

The Arts Council praised the school for the way its teachers find creative ways to help students explore and understand more traditionally academic subjects.

In addition to teaching staff, the school's librarian Lorraine Gill came in for commendation for the creative ways through which she manages to engage students' interest in reading.

In order to get the award, the school submitted a 'statement of commitment to the arts' in 2017.

Dereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: NeatherdDereham Neatherd High School has been awarded a gold Artsmark award by the Arts Council. Picture: Neatherd

This was followed up by a summary of progress made this year.

In a letter to the school, Arts Council assessors said: "Being an Artsmark setting demonstrates that through offering a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, young people have the opportunity to develop character and talent and increase their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them as they go through adult life."

The letter said the school's dedication to the arts was impressive.

It said: "Leaders at all levels are committed to ensuring staff work collaboratively across faculties to ensure students have an array of opportunities to work in creative ways with regular opportunities to showcase their work.

The drama Chicago at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Malcolm Dent.The drama Chicago at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Malcolm Dent.

"Your use of the arts to promote your inclusive ethos and pastoral support for pupils is also a notable strength, and this work is evidently having a positive impact on some of your most vulnerable students."

Textiles on display in a fashion show at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Malcolm Dent.Textiles on display in a fashion show at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Malcolm Dent.

Textiles on display at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: NeatherdTextiles on display at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Neatherd

The drama Golden Masque Clytemnestra and Chorus at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Jon London PhotographyThe drama Golden Masque Clytemnestra and Chorus at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Jon London Photography

Photography on display at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: NeatherdPhotography on display at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Neatherd

The drama Jeckyll and Hyde at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Jon London PhotographyThe drama Jeckyll and Hyde at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Jon London Photography

The drama Golden Masque 2019 Eumenedes and Orestes at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: NeatherdThe drama Golden Masque 2019 Eumenedes and Orestes at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Neatherd

The dance show Onsidion at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Jon London PhotographyThe dance show Onsidion at Dereham Neatherd High School. Picture: Jon London Photography

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