Gold Artsmark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Gold Artsmark Award and are celebrating in a momentous year for the programme as it celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools. We have been working towards this award since before the Pandemic and had to respond to major changes within school and the community. A huge thanks to our Creative Lead Alison Redmond for all her hard work in helping us as a school to achieve this wonderful award.

“Holly Grove has many strengths when it comes to the Arts. Your sheer enthusiasm and determination to see things through is to be celebrated. You had a number of shielded pupils during the pandemic and school closures but this did not deter you from continuing with your plans, adapting them to the individual needs of your pupils.”

One area which we have excelled in is creating some fabulous professional development opportunities for all our staff through creative Inset days and inviting into school a range of professionals from different areas to share their knowledge.

“The high value you place on CPD for your staff led by external professionals is commendable and is having a positive impact on pupils’ outcomes and on staff’s confidence”

But by far the best quote from our assessment feedback that our Creative Arts Leader has highlighted is

“You ensure no child is left out from opportunities and has access to new musical experiences”

This encapsulates the ethos of Holly Grove School in total inclusivity for all our children.