Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement
Ark Helenswood is recognised nationally as a school that is at the forefront of arts education. At a crucial time for arts learning in the UK, we continue to recognise the arts as a vital part of our students’ learning and development.
We have been chosen to take part in a major national scheme which will track the effectiveness of arts education and the students’ learning and engagement over a three year period. The programme involves a partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Tate modern and Nottingham University and we have been chosen to take part as a recognition of the high quality arts work that we deliver.
The most recent blog from our first TALE assessor in the school can be read at TALE Blog.
What is Student Voice
Student Voice empowers our students to influence their own learning and experience at Ark Helenswood Academy.
Every tutor group in the academy is represented by a School Council member. School council members are expected to attend frequent school council meetings to discuss issues raised by their form. These meetings are led by the Head Girl, and are supported by the wider School Council team. During these meetings a range of issues are discussed, including teaching and learning, rewards, behaviour, safety, homework, celebrations and community work.
The School Council organises and supports a range of school events including the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party and the Prom at the end of Year 11. The students also lead on the following charity events each year: Pink Day which supports breast cancer charities, Children in Need, Comic Relief and Place 2 Be, a charity that provides a counselling service for young people.