Stamford Welland Academy have been accepted on to the journey towards achieving the Artsmark Award. A collaboration between teachers at the academy is bringing a lot of new arts-based activities to the students in order to achieve the award. With the help of Department for Education funded Arts organisation Festival Bridge, we’re bringing artists, musicians and actors in to the school, working with local creative industry professionals and ensuring the Arts are present throughout all subjects in the academy, all to enhance the enjoyment of education for the students and build on the enthusiasm they have for learning.

Recently, local sculptor William Ashley-Norman from ChickenWired did a day workshop for KS3 students, and artists Karen Neale and Kate Fensom have worked as Artists in Residence with selected groups of students. A number of local Arts industry professionals also visited GCSE groups for the day and talked about working in a creative industry and how to get there.

Over the next few years, we hope to build on this towards achieving higher awards and extending the Arts through this academy, and into other surrounding schools.