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.
Helenswood Academy welcomes Hastings Girls’ High School, New Zealand
45 hours of journey from one Hastings to another, and students from Helenswood Academy and Hastings Girls’ High School, New Zealand, enjoyed an opportunity to share their musical talents and appreciate one another’s cultural heritage. The Hastings girls were joined by their brother school: Lindisfarne College in a tour of the UK, and were excited to be able to make their sister school: Helenswood Academy, a stopping point on the tour.
Students from all three schools performed a range of musical items for Y10 and invited guests before sharing lunch together. Students were able to swap stories about life in two very different ‘Hastings’, and plan the return league of the trip for Helenswood students to New Zealand in 2015. The two sister schools share ambitions for our students to travel the world, and experience new cultures. Students from Helenswood are now looking forward to fundraising for their return tour, with one lucky student each year being offered the opportunity to work as a gap year tutor at Hastings Girls’ High School, in their international department, before they start their University career.