Another Platinum Artsmark for New Bewerley Community School

New Bewerley Community School’s hard work and dedication to the arts has been recently rewarded with their second Artsmark Platinum award, the only primary school in West Yorkshire to be granted such an accolade.

New Bewerley is a whirling snail of creativity on the edge of the city centre. A primary school dedicated to the arts, creativity and developing opportunities and cultural experiences for its children and community alongside the other curriculum subjects.

Arts-rich and arts-focused, the school has heavily invested in In Harmony Opera North, Northern Ballet, The World Reimagined and its innovative spiral art curriculum; alongside a wealth of resident artists, who have entered the school.

The school is dedicated to celebrating with the diverse community of Beeston and celebrating each child’s own unique footprint on the world.

New Bewerley has also recognised the growing need for SEND and SEMH provision and invested time and money in drawing therapy, music therapy, Lego therapy and it’s new and improved sensory room.

Much like the school’s innovative shape, the art curriculum is a spiral, ensuring that children learn and revisit all areas of the art curriculum progressively building on difficulty knowledge.

Artsmark gave New Bewerley a glowing report, which included this snippet:

“You ensure a high level of representation in every area of the curriculum and your work with The World Reimagined to build an anti-racist arts curriculum has been powerful, deploying artists in residence in art and poetry, feeding into events such as Big Hair Day, celebrating diversity and your annual Carnival.

“Your Music curriculum now has a stronger focus on diversity and you have specialist SEND delivery from an experienced music therapist. You have art workshops for children with significant needs and use drawing and talking therapy effectively with vulnerable pupils.

“You have a rich range of opportunities to learn and to perform in music and in visual arts you extend the range of offer to include eg sculpture, pottery and mixed media.”

The school is so proud of their fantastic achievements and will be celebrating throughout the rest of the school year starting with the Platinum Disco next week with the annual carnival and arts celebration day planned for the Summer Term.

New Bewerley would like to thank all children, parents and staff who have helped the school to get to this momentous occasion.


This post was written by Paige Hurley

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