Arty Hartlepool children honours for their skills

Emma Wheetman (left) and Rachel Laycock (far right) from BloomInArt with head teacher Lynn Scott and pupils Lilly Phillips and Leyton Devon
Emma Wheetman (left) and Rachel Laycock (far right) from BloomInArt with head teacher Lynn Scott and pupils Lilly Phillips and Leyton Devon

Eighteen youngsters from a Hartlepool primary school have received certificates after successfully completed a blooming great arts award.

The youngsters from all year groups at St Aidan’s Church of England Memorial Primary School, in Loyalty Road, received the accolades following the Arts Council England recognised activity.

The pupils were supported by Hartlepool community interest company BloomInArt which works with a number of local schools to encourage children to learn through art.

The result of their project – an art work created out of glass – will take pride of place in St Aidan’s school hall.

Headteacher Lynn Scott said: “It’s about nurturing the whole child – not just concentrating on their academic ability. Arts Award gives children an opportunity to shine.

“They perhaps might not be academically gifted but it might bring out of them something they’ve never had an opportunity to experience or to try out before.

“They might find they’ve got a real talent and provide them with a direction for their future.”

Mrs Scott added: “We’ve seen teamwork right across the school. The older ones have been buddies for the younger ones. It’s given them responsibility, sharing ideas and experiences.“

BloomInArt was established by directors and lifelong friends Emma Wheetman and Rachel Laycock to help enhance children’s education through participation in arts projects.

Both directors are passionate about the importance of the arts in education, and believe embracing the arts at a young age can have a positive impact on a child’s overall learning and development.

“Working creatively with young people can instil a creative discipline and confidence for life,“ said Emma.

Rachel added: “Many of the projects we deliver work to a live brief, with site specific artwork being designed and produced by the young people. Working with a professional glass artist enables young people to learn design principles that are usually introduced at a higher level of education.“