Pear Tree pupils Nathan and Sinead receive Artsmark Gold Award

A Nantwich primary school is celebrating one of the highest accolades it can achieve for arts provision.

Pear Tree School in Stapeley has been awarded Artsmark Gold status by the Arts Council of England.

It comes as recognition for the quality and quantity of arts provision in schools, enabling all pupils to fully engage in all aspects of art from music, drama, dance, writing and art/design.

For Pear Tree, it’s the second time they have been awarded the kitemark, and staff and pupils are delighted.

Arts teacher Eira Cotterill said: “We are all very proud at Pear Tree to have achieved the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award for the second time.

“The award recognises our school’s commitment to providing top quality dance, drama, music, and art and design education.

“We believe strongly our children benefit greatly by having a high quality cultural education.”

NantwichNews editor Pete Leydon was invited to present the award to pupils Sinead and Nathan (pictured) at the school’s end-of-year concert “7 Values” last night (July 11).

“It was a fabulous show which demonstrated precisely why the school has been awarded the Artsmark again,” he said.

“All the teachers and pupils should be rightly proud of this achievement.”

Brine Leas High School in Nantwich is the only secondary school or college in Crewe or Nantwich to achieve the Gold award.

Other schools nearby to achieve Gold status include Willaston Primary, Wrenbury Primary and Calveley Primary.

A number of Nantwich schools were awarded the basic Artsmark status, including Stapeley Broad Lane, Shavington Primary, Wistaston Green, and Shavington High School.

A spokesman for the Arts Council said: “This is the first application round since the programme was re-launched in September 2011 to include further education colleges and youth justice settings.

“The award has a greater focus on the quality of arts provision as well as the quantity.

“This renewed emphasis on quality arts provision has been developed to support our 10-year goal of ensuring every child and young person has the chance to experience the richness of the arts.”

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