ARTS Council England has awarded Artsmark Gold to a Bewdley school in recognition of its commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.

The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre is among 1,676 schools in England that received an Artsmark award this year.

Julie Reilly, headteacher, said: “I am delighted that the Arts Council has recognised our dynamic arts education programme.

“Our students have really enjoyed working with a wide variety of writers, film-makers, dancers and artists and I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work in achieving this award.”

She added: “Artsmark is more than simply a mark of distinction to us. Taking part in the scheme has enabled us to develop our arts provision and see the students who take part become more self-confident, engaged and excited about learning.”

Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “We believe that the earlier children are creatively inspired, the more likely they are to have a lifelong engagement with art - something that can transform lives and give young people a voice for their thoughts and feelings.”

He added: “Artsmark - now nationally recognised as a prestigious and coveted award - sets the standard for an outstanding arts provision in schools and it is great to see so many new schools attaining the Artsmark award this year.

“This award recognises The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre’s commitment to providing exciting art experiences and their belief in the power of creativity.”