Schools in Daventry area make their mark

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TWO primary schools are celebrating after receiving a gold award for their work in arts and culture.

The Grange School in Daventry and Flore Primary School have both been handed the prestigious Artsmark Gold award from the Arts Council. St James Infant School in Daventry, The Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford and Brixworth Primary School were also recognised after receiving the Artsmark Award.

By achieving Artsmark a school shows its commitment to providing a high quality arts and cultural offering for young people.

Acting deputy head at The Grange Sharon Bray said: “We’ve had to go through a rigorous process to get this award.

“The Arts Council look at things like the amount of different artists you have coming into the school to work with children on things like music, drama and art.

“We have also set up a huge range of workshops and have a lot of extra curricular activity in this area. The pupils also have their own arts council which has been a great success. We are delighted to receive this recognition.”

Flore Primary will be receiving a special award as this is the fourth time the school has been recognised by the Arts Council.

Headteacher Jan Stoppani said: “We have lots of partnerships which involves choreographers, directors and artists coming in and working with the children.

“We are known for our art and love drama. We will be performing an Olympic Dance at the County Primary Arts Festival.

“It’s a lot of hard work so we are delighted to receive this recognition.”