The Trinity Guildhall Exams Arts Award programme is available for our pupils at Bronze and Silver levels as an optional lunch break or after school commitment.
We offer the award at Gold level in the Sixth Form as part of our Key Skills programme. The qualification, which has parity with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, is designed to encourage and support young peoples' interest in and practical engagement with the arts. The award is not confined to the gifted or previously experienced, enabling all pupils to participate with confidence and success.
An interest in any art form is welcome which might include acting, guitar playing, singing, playing in an orchestra, dancing, cartoon-making, painting, devising drama, break-dancing or ballet. Large numbers participate and all of them thoroughly enjoy the whole experience. We support and encourage a love for and an ongoing participation in the arts.
Bronze Level includes four strands:
- Exploring the arts as a participant
- Exploring the arts as an audience member
- Creating a project about an artist who inspires them
- Demonstrating an arts skill and then sharing this with others
Silver Level has two strands:
- A personal practical arts challenge to promote the on-going acquisition of skills
- The planning and leadership of an arts activity for others with support from staff
Gold Level is available for older senior school pupils and welcomes those interested in any art form but is demanding in its expectations, carries UCAS points and is highly prized by employers. The young person works as an arts practitioner and is expected to broaden his or her own arts activity whilst learning how their practice relates to the arts sector as a whole. Pupils are engaged in two strands of work:
- Personal arts development and research into the professional sector
- Individual responsibility (within legal and health and safety guidelines) for planning and delivering an arts project for others in a public context
At all levels the work of the pupils is evidenced by a portfolio of work created by them as part of the course which may include written reflections, diary entries, evidence of research in to the industry, video footage and pictures. This is very much a personal portfolio and pupils are encouraged to be both creative and individual in the way they approach this work.