It is with great pride that we can announce we have become an Artmark Platinum School in our recent redesignation by Arts Council England, who state ;

The Duchess’s Community High School has embraced arts and creativity as a core part of your pedagogy and offer, with the Quality Principles, 5 habits of mind and creativity via your CREATE curriculum driving activity. You actively promote, from an early age, arts and cultural industries as genuine career choices, and promote opportunities to experience working alongside industry professionals.  You have a credible arts offer at KS4 with entries growing by 25% and the highest value added scores across the school. Of note is your Arts Award partnership with the Laing Art Gallery to develop a 3-year Bronze and Silver Arts Award programme looking at literacy and the Arts. Senior leaders advocate for the impact of arts and culture and share good practice across a wider range of settings, for example your role on your LCEP, Music Hub and support for teacher training. You showcase high-quality teaching of arts and culture by offering CPD opportunities to other settings and sharing resources over time.  You have established long-lasting partnerships with arts and cultural organisations that are having a positive impact on outcomes for a wider group of children, young people and staff, for example your work with Alnwick Playhouse, Mortal Fools, Baltic Stars and Laing Gallery.

Congratulations on your Artsmark Platinum Award!

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Habits of Mind / Teaching creativity across the curriculum