Wellington College has had its arts achievements recognised with a top award from Arts Council England

Wellington is celebrating a Platinum Artsmark Award from Arts Council England. Director of Arts Simon Williamson says: “We are hugely proud of the Artsmark Platinum Award which acknowledges Wellington’s deep commitment to cultural education and our determination to give every pupil access to the arts, as well as providing support and opportunities for the wider community”.

Artsmark was set up in 2001 to put creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum – the Platinum Artsmark is the highest award given by Arts Council England. In its feedback, the Arts Council said: “It is very clear that Wellington values the Arts and provides an outstanding range of opportunities to its pupils, within and way beyond the timetabled curriculum”.

A Arts Achievement Well
Wellington College stages West End-style productions, and involves local schools with arts initiatives – also raising funds for the arts from performances

There are up to 1,000 LAMDA and music lessons taking place each week at the Berkshire school, as well over 40 co-curricular dance classes. Arts facilities include The Annenberg Performing Arts Centre which holds a West-End style theatre where pupils stage performances on a grand scale.

Artsmark cited the support Wellington provides to other educational settings including TeachMeets – a forum for local arts teachers to come together, exchange ideas and get inspired. The College also invites other schools to participate in its arts events, such as The Festival of Musical Theatre where Wellington pupils performed alongside students from local state and prep schools. Much of the money raised from ticket sales at College performances goes towards the Wellington Arts Fund. To date, over £80.000 has been given to other schools for arts projects.

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