King Edward VI Community College
King Edward VI Community College is a mixed secondary comprehensive school (11 – 18) in South Devon. So far, 300 students have achieved Bronze Awards (including Shakespeare Challenge) and 75 students have achieved Silver Awards.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards are offered through curricular and extra-curricular routes and all Key Stage 3 students have access to Bronze and Silver. In Year 7, Bronze Award has been integrated into Drama via a Royal Shakespeare Company scheme of work. Gifted and Talented students are offered Silver alongside their chosen arts option through fortnightly enrichment sessions.
Gold Arts Award is taught on a one to one tutorial basis. The school has recently been selected to deliver Gold through the South West Teaching Schools Alliance and will act as the hub for facilitation and adviser support.
Bronze arts activities include workshops in puppetry, stage make up, percussion and stage fighting. Silver arts challenges have included photography, musical composition, choreography, animation, film making, singing, textiles, architectural design and creative writing. Students have seen and reviewed live events such as west end musicals, college productions, dance showcases and art exhibitions.
To fulfil the leadership aspect of the award, students have produced promotional films and led prop making sessions, musical workshops, work with primary school children and rehearsals for the college’s Performing Arts Company (KPAC).
By following the different Arts Award programmes, students develop skills sought by employers such as resilience, effective communication, tenacity, team work and leadership. As well as gaining valuable accreditation they also grow in confidence and self-esteem.
‘Fun! Exciting! Rewarding! Arts Award is a creative qualification that is challenging to do and very beneficial for anyone wanting to go into a career in the arts.’
‘There is a huge reward in seeing young people engage enthusiastically in a wide range of creative ventures and discovering new skills whilst also being accredited for it. It is the potential for personalisation (a genuinely autonomous and bespoke arts journey) that really inspires me to provide this opportunity for our students.’