School’s arts joy

Throston Primary School teacher Emma Burmiston with her arts class
Throston Primary School teacher Emma Burmiston with her arts class

ARTISTIC youngsters and staff were celebrating as a town primary school received a prestigious award.

Teachers at Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, in the town, praised the hardworking pupils after the school received an Artsmark Gold award.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme encouraging schools and other organisations to strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

As well as a number of opportunities for youngsters at Throston Primary School to develop their arts skills in class, the school also runs extra-curricular classes and programmes.

Emma Burmiston, a Year 6 teacher at the school, said: “This is fantastic for the school and huge credit must go to all of the youngsters as well as the staff who work with the children on developing their arts skills.

“Our children really enjoy their art and their enthusiasm is reflected in the fantastic work they produce.”

The school has also welcomed illustrators and authors as guests to speak to the youngsters and pass on their experiences as well as organising arts-based trips for the children to enjoy.

The Artsmark framework explains how developing and celebration arts provision is hugely important for children and young people’s education.

Throston Primary School joined the Artsmark network before working up the ladder until recently receiving the gold award.

Miss Burmiston added: “All of the staff here are extremely dedicated to helping the children develop their arts skills.

“We applied for the award and then it was just a case of waiting,

“But everyone was absolutely over the moon when we found out we had received the gold award. It’s great for the school.

“We don’t want to rest on what we have already achieved though, we want to continue to offer such a variety of informative and fun arts-based classes for the youngsters.”