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  MP celebrates top award for Little Melton

Richard Bacon MP cuts the cake to celebrate Little Melton First School’s Artsmark Gold award.

Richard Bacon MP cuts the cake to
celebrate Little Melton First School's
Artsmark Gold award.

SOUTH NORFOLK MP Richard Bacon joined pupils, staff and parents at Little Melton First School to celebrate the school's Artsmark Gold award.

Artsmark is a national award that recognises and rewards schools making an outstanding commitment to all art forms including music, drama and dance as well as art and design.

Any school in England can apply and Little Melton First School is currently one of only 12% of schools with an Artsmark. Three grades of the award are available of which Artsmark Gold is the highest level. The awards are granted annually after an assessment and validation process to check the school offers a range of arts opportunities to pupils both in and out of lesson time and also works together with professional artists and arts organisations.

Mr Bacon said: “The arts are an important and enjoyable part of a child's education but all too often they become the 'Cinderella' subjects due to lack of funds and school time. Artsmark is an excellent way to encourage schools to participate in a wide range of art forms”.

The pupils celebrated their award with a performance of music, dance and drama. Mr Bacon was then invited to cut a special cake in honour of the school's achievement. 

Mr Bacon said: “After watching this impressive show and seeing the various artwork around the school I can fully understand why Little Melton First School has been awarded an Artsmark Gold. I congratulate headteacher Anne Clements for her ongoing commitment to teaching all art forms. I also congratulate her dedicated staff and the hard working pupils on winning this award”.

17 July 2005

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