Creative Hemsworth pupils hit the mark

Pupils from Hemsworth Academy celebrate after being awarded Gold Level Arts mark by the Arts Council'Picture by Dean Atkins
Pupils from Hemsworth Academy celebrate after being awarded Gold Level Arts mark by the Arts Council'Picture by Dean Atkins

Staff and pupils at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy are celebrating after being recognised for their creative work.

The specialist arts college has been awarded the highest level for creativity – Artsmark gold.

Artsmark is a nationally recognised scheme to encourage schools to celebrate the arts.

It is run by Arts Council England and demonstrates excellence in arts and culture.

Assistant principal, Stephen Foster said: “This award recognises our high quality of work in and out of the classroom in promoting the creative arts across all key stages.

“What makes this a very special occasion is that this is the fifth gold in a row that HACA has achieved in succession.

“According to information received by the awarding body it places the academy in the unique position of being the only secondary school in Yorkshire to have reached this standard.”

The academy will retain the award until July 2017 which will mean 17 years of holding this top standard.

The Artsmark status shows parents, pupils and governors that the school offers well planned, quality arts education.

Mr Foster added: “When we were turned into an academy keeping our arts status was extremely important to us.

“We want to give children the best opportunities to express their creativity and help them aspire to take up arts as a career.”