Hodgson Academy celebrates Gold Artsmark Award Status

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools; accredited by Arts Council England and awarded to schools which actively champion high quality art and cultural education within their curriculum.

Culture and creativity increases students’ confidence, critical thinking, communication and literacy skills, improving attainment and bringing core subjects to life. In order to achieve Artsmark Gold status, Hodgson has demonstrated its commitment to incorporating art and culture into every student’s life and learning, as well as showing ambitious plans for the future.

The school will now continue this journey with the support of Curious Minds – the Arts Council England appointed regional agency for creative and cultural education for the North West.

As part of its Statement of Commitment, Hodgson highlighted the strengths of its arts and culture provision with students having the opportunity to plan and participate in a diverse range of high quality arts and cultural activities.

Commenting on receiving Artsmark status, Principal, Derek Yarwood, said: “This is a well deserved award for our Arts Department and the Arts students, their consistently high standard of work is to be admired. The Academy is very proud to receive Gold status and I would like to pass on my personal thanks to Mrs Julie Duggan who has driven this through!”

Congratulating the school on becoming an Artsmark school, Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate Hodgson on achieving Artsmark and welcome them into our growing family of Artsmark schools. To become an Artsmark school, Hodgson had to demonstrate its dedication to the arts. It has put together an ambitious plan which will ensure that each of its students is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.”