Isambard School in North Swindon, which opened only three years ago has been awarded Artsmark Gold, whilst Bradon Forest, Purton is a gold rated school for the third time in six years.
Both schools have specialist arts status and Artsmark is awarded by Arts Council England in recognition of a school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education. This year 1,676 schools received the award at one of three levels.
Isambard headteacher Rachael Mattey said, “I’m delighted that the Arts Council has noted Isambard’s dynamic arts education programme and I’d like to thank all our staff for their hard work in achieving this award.”
Specialist arts school Bradon Forest is only one of 148 schools nationally to have achieved gold three times in a row. Arts Council England chief Alan Davey said, “obtaining Artsmark Gold for the third time is an outstanding achievement and we congratulate Bradon Forest on its continuing success.”
David Calder, head of expressive arts at Bradon, said, “receiving this award for the third time running is
a clear indication to the students and staff of the school that their creative work is valued and appreciated.”
Pictured, top: Gold standard pupils at Isambard with headteacher Rachel Mattey, centre, and arts coordinator Kirsty Carter
Below: the cast of Sweet Charity, Bradon’s Summer Arts Festival production, holding the Gold Award.
The show runs from 6 to 9 July. See www.bradonforestmusical.co.uk for details; call Jennifer Purcell on 773981 to book tickets