Arty school’s special status

Some of the work by Standish High School pupils which earned them the Artsmark
Some of the work by Standish High School pupils which earned them the Artsmark

A WIGAN school is celebrating after it was granted the prestigious Artsmark award.

Standish Community High bosses say they are delighted that the Arts Council England has awarded the school the honour in recognition of its commitment to and excellence in arts education.

Artsmark is the national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen its contribution to the arts.

Headteacher Lynne Fox said: “I am delighted that the Arts Council has recognised Standish Community High School’s dynamic arts education programme.

“Our students have really enjoyed working with different kinds of artists, performers and dramatists over the last few years, and I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work in achieving this award.

“Artsmark is more than simply a mark of distinction to us; taking part in the scheme has enabled us to develop our arts provision, our photography classes, our drama workshops and our music performances. It has been a privilege to see the students who take part become more self-confident, engaged and excited about learning.”