On 1st June 2009 King's Hawford was awarded the status of Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council of England. This is in recognition of the high quality art, music, dance and drama being undertaken by the children at the school and also recognises the support of visiting artists at events involving the arts.
The Arts Council issued the following statement:
King's Hawford awarded Artsmark Gold
Arts Council England has awarded an Artsmark Gold to King's Hawford in recognition of the school's commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.
I'm delighted that the Arts Council has recognised King's Hawford's dynamic arts education programme. Our children have really enjoyed working with a range of visiting artists, developing their appreciation of art, music, dance and drama. I'd like to thank all our staff for their hard work in achieving this award.
Jim Turner, Head of King's Hawford
Arts Council England is committed to great art for everyone and we believe that the earlier children are creatively inspired, the more likely they are to have a lifelong engagement with art. Artsmark sets the standard for an outstanding arts offer in schools and it's great to see so many new schools attaining the Artsmark award this year. The award recognises King's Hawford's passion for the arts and belief in the power of creativity.
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England
A school must dedicate a minimum of 15 per cent of its curricular teaching time to the arts to receive an Artsmark Gold. An Artsmark school also provides teachers' professional development and involvement with local artists and arts groups.