Signing of Arts Agreement Between Arts Council England and Anglian Learning
Cambridgeshire pupils demonstrated their passion for the creative arts during a visit to Bottisham Village College by Arts Council England.
The event was hosted by Anglian Learning to showcase artistic talent within the Trust’s schools and to conduct the formal signing of the Memorandum of Understanding recently agreed between Arts Council England and Anglian Learning.
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, and his accompanying Directors Amy Vaughan, and Amanda Rigler, were entertained by pupils from Bottisham Village College, who performed dance and musical pieces, and enjoyed a film showing highlights from Stapleford Community Primary School’s whole school print project, which was supported by the Arts Society South Cambs.
The Arts Council delegates also admired an exhibition of art from Bottisham Village College.
Additionally, the visit provided an opportunity for Darren Henley to present Bottisham Village College with their Gold Artsmark certificate, which was accepted by pupils on behalf of the school, and recognises the college’s commitment to arts and culture education.
Jonathan Culpin, Anglian Learning’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to be working in co-operation with the Arts Council England as we advance our ambition of embedding arts and culture across our academies.
“The formalising of this MOU demonstrates our commitment to work with arts and heritage partners in designing a culture-rich curriculum that enables all pupils to advance their creative skills and literacy regardless of their background or starting point.
“It is important to both Anglian Learning and Arts Council England that arts and culture play a significant role in the lives of children, supporting their personal development and progression into adulthood.”
The Arts Council is the national development agency for arts, museums and libraries in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.
Photos show: Jonathan Culpin, CEO, Anglian Learning and Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, signing the MOU.
Members of Arts Council executive team with Anglian Learning CEO Jonathan Culpin, Chair of Trustees Claire Lawton and Principal of Bottisham Village College, Jenny Rankine.
Pupils from Bottisham Village College accepting the Gold Artsmark certificate on behalf of the school from Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England.
Performances and art exhibition