Goodwin Academy is celebrating becoming one of the first schools in Deal to be awarded an Artsmark Silver Award by the Arts Council England.
The Award, given to schools that are “making the arts come alive”, recognises Goodwin Academy’s strong arts offering. It is awarded by the Government-backed Arts Council England, which promotes the performing, visual and literary arts in England.
Arts Council England praised the opportunities available to all Goodwin Academy students to engage in the arts and cultural experiences, provided both through the curriculum and a range of “clubs and activities “that go beyond formal teaching”.
They also noted the academy’s “strong emphasis on cultural capital”, which they are working to embed across the curriculum.
The driving force behind this achievement is Goodwin Academy’s Head of Performing Arts, Cate Hayes-Watkins. Cate has been an inspiration to both students and staff, ensuring that the arts play a central role in the broad and balanced curriculum on offer at the school.
Goodwin Academy is part of the Thinking School Academy Trust, a family of 17 high-performing schools across the South East. The academy is the second school in the Trust to achieve an Artsmark Award, with the Victory Academy in Medway having been awarded a Platinum Artsmark in March 2018.
Activities and opportunities at Goodwin Academy include the school’s pantomime, regular trips to plays and concerts and visits from artists. Goodwin also collaborates with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and the Deal Music and Arts Festival to create opportunities for students. The Academy also works closely with local primary schools supporting them to develop their own strong arts offerings.
Cate Hayes-Watkins, Head of Performing Arts at Goodwin Academy, said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Goodwin Academy has received this prestigious Award from the Arts Council England.
“This award is testament to the fantastic work being done across the academy to ensure that all our young people benefit from a broad education in the arts and have opportunities to build their cultural capital, express their creative flair and pursue their artistic passions at school.”
Simon Smith, Principal of Goodwin Academy, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the Artsmark Silver Award by Arts Council England, in recognition of the broad range of exciting opportunities we offer our students every day to engage in art and cultural activities – both inside and outside the classroom.
“We now look forward to building on this fantastic achievement by further embedding art and culture into the curriculum, building on existing collaborations and outreach to create more opportunities for students and further enhancing our arts offering.”
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:
“I would like to congratulate Goodwin Academy on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, Goodwin Academy exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.”
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