A primary school in Plymouth has received an award from a national programme for its arts and culture.

High View School in Efford, Plymouth achieved the Artsmark Gold Award which recognises rich and high quality arts and cultural provision in formal education institutions.

To achieve Artsmark Gold, there is a rigorous application process and a validation visit from a professional arts consultant where pupils are interviewed on their engagement and enjoyment of the arts.

Head Teacher Kim Dorian-Kemp said: “We are delighted to announce that High View has achieved the Artsmark Gold Award for our excellence in a wide range of the arts, including dance, music, drama and creative art.

“I would like to thank all of our children, our partners, Take A Part and our staff at High View for their enthusiasm and commitment.”

High View was assessed on arts in the curriculum, extra-curricular arts activities, how they work with artists and arts organisations and how well the arts provision impacts on staff development and the wider community.

Only nine per cent of schools in Plymouth and 14 per cent in the South West hold the Artsmark status, awarded through the Artsmark Council of England in partnership with Trinity College England.

Source: www.plymouthherald.co.uk