Guildhall Feoffment

Bridewell Lane,
Bury St. Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP33 1RE.

Tel: 01284 754840


The Arts

artsmark silver

In October 2017 we were delighted to be awarded the Artsmark Silver Award. This celebrates our commitment to arts and cultural education. The Arts Council England commended our school for its whole school planning for the arts and its commitment to the Arts Leadership Team and Governors. They recognised our creativity in forging links with the local community and in using different venues to widen the experience of the pupils. We were commended for the opportunities we provide for children to participate in a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences.

Looking ahead we aim to explore how to involve our pupils more in shaping their cultural experiences and we are considering how we can offer our expertise in the arts to benefit other local schools.

Our Silver Award is valid for two years and we are currently working towards Artsmark Gold Award.

Our Arts Leadership Team, which includes an Artsmark governor, meets at least once a term to review the Arts provision in the school.  One of our current  projects is an Arts Week, planned for the summer term 2018.


More information can be found about Artsmark on the Artsmark website.


Our Statement of Commitment 

Promotion of the arts is very important to us as we believe that access to a broad and enriched curriculum enables children to discover their potential. An art-rich curriculum provides valuable opportunities for children to develop teamwork and leadership skills in addition to building self- esteem, resilience and self-confidence. We want children to have opportunities to challenge themselves, to question and reflect, to communicate their ideas and look beyond the school and local community. We aim to create an exciting and stimulating learning environment which enhances children’s learning. Our aim is to excite and inspire children to explore and discover their strengths and passions as well as to have fun! We recognise that the opportunities we provide should be inclusive and we aim to ensure there is provision across all areas of the arts, both as discreet subjects and across the wider curriculum. In addition we constantly seek opportunities to provide extra-curricular provision across the arts.


Current Provision 



 Art & Design

art & design






Cross-Curricular Provision

Long term planning shows cross arts provision, especially in topic work. In addition we organise a cultural week each year, where we invite artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to deliver workshops. Over the past five years we have explored African, Chinese, American, South American and European Art and culture. These cultural weeks have provided a wonderful opportunity to involve parents and families from these cultures to enrich the children's learning experiences.


Extra-Curricular Provision

Over the past year this has included:


Art and craft Club
Cookery Club
Drama and Poetry clubs
Djembe Drumming
Recorder Club
Folk Guitar Club



We plan to:

♦ continue to create more opportunities for performing and celebrating achievement in the arts, both within school and in the wider community 

♦ continue to provide greater access and learning opportunities for all children across all areas of the arts 

♦ ensure there is quality arts provision across all curriculum phases from Early Years to Year 6 

♦ continue to engage children and parents more in decision making about our arts provision 

♦ continue to look at ways of engaging with other schools and arts organisations as well as developing and building on existing links 

♦ increase opportunities for Continuing Professional Development in the Arts.

 February 2018




owl and the pussycat artArt inspired by the Owl and the Pussycat

artists in residencewe loved meeting local artists and craftspeople

mrs glasswell taught us Owl Class were taught some basic drumming techniques

arts in residence

we watched fleece from a Jacobs sheep being spun into wool

Arts Week 2018
A multitude of events filled Arts Week earlier this month, June 2018. All pupils in every year group were involved. We went to King Edward VI School to see an Art Exhibition, the West Stow Drummers came to give us a presentation, local Artists and Crafters visited and showed us what they do, we went on the Owl and the Pussycat town trail, went to the Theatre Royal, sang at the Cathedral and much more in our classrooms. Everyone had an excellent week.

Of the ‘artists in residence’ morning one parent said “It was clear how
much hard work had gone in to this morning. It was a really enriching
experience for all the children. And one of my two, who wouldn’t normally
say anything about the day at school had plenty to tell me.” Another
parent said “the artists in residence morning was fantastic! I wanted to
give you some feedback. Instead of nagging me to go online as she
usually does as soon as she gets home from school, my daughter busted open the paints and pencils and has been drawing and painting for the last three hours! Thank you thank you thank you”... June 2018