The remote Arts Award team at King’s is delighted to announce significant qualification successes for this year’s cohort.
King’s offers the opportunity for pupils to enter Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award. These are GCSE and A Level-equivalent certificates assessed by Trinity College, London. This year’s assessment had been poised for its traditional completion in May but, of course, schools closed in March leaving six months worth of hard work in limbo. Because, under normal circumstances, Trinity conducts Arts Award assessments throughout the year and is not restricted to the conventional summer exam season, the process of Centre Assessed Grades which has been used for GCSEs and A-Levels could not be applied to the ‘remote’ Arts Award. If pupils wanted to gain their Arts Award qualifications this year, they still needed to complete their portfolios and submit them for specially created online assessments.
Given the challenges of lockdown, several pupils decided to postpone completing their Arts Award, and they will be supported alongside next year’s cohort to gain the recognition they deserve. However, a gallant band of nearly 40 King’s pupils chose to persevere through lockdown!
Many projects still need to be completed, inspiring genuinely innovative ideas. These ranged from using home-sourced materials and equipment in order to complete their artistic works to the creative use of social media to ensure work still had an audience. For the Gold remote Arts Award students, one of their units involves researching various aspects of careers and industry opportunities through working alongside arts professionals in some capacity. Many of our L6 candidates had valuable work experience opportunities with a range of local arts organisations lined up for over the Easter holidays which of course had to be cancelled. Even this did not deter them, however. Instead, they set about forging professional relationships online and continuing their research and development by completing a range of MOOCs and participating in other virtual events alongside established Arts industry practitioners.
Even once remote Arts Award portfolios were complete, these still needed to be converted to a digital format which could be shared with Trinity College in a safe, online manner. The enthusiasm with which King’s pupils embraced new technology to digitise their folders was inspiring to see as these online portfolios evolved during our months of remote working.
The complete online portfolios were shared with Trinity in July, and our 100% pass rate was confirmed in the first week of August. Adding to Rosie and Sonali’s early lockdown success with their Bronze Arts Awards, a further 15 Lower Years pupils achieved their Bronze certificates. An equally impressive 11 students in Lower Remove gained their Silver Arts Award, and 10 L6 students achieved the remarkable feat of gaining their Gold Arts Award qualification (which carries UCAS points) during lockdown. Reviewing their work, the Trinity moderator wrote of the Gold students, “I am in awe of what these young people have achieved whilst in lockdown”.
Hear, hear – and congratulations to all.