Haydock’s students are justifiably proud of their prowess at sport – but they’ve proved they’re equally adept at the arts!

After working with us last year to challenge their aspirations, a group of Year 10s went on to gain the experiences and skills they needed for the bronze level Arts Award. The emphasis from the outset has been on choice – so whilst they’ve worked individually researching their “Arts Heroes” (ranging from Darcey Bussell to Ashley Banjo – via Eminem!), they’ve also worked together to choose a Masterclass in expressive drawing, a trip to the theatre to review some physical comedy and a process leading to the development of workshops for Year 7 pupils on the social and emotional aspects of learning.

“They’ll be putting the finishing touches to their portfolios over the next few weeks – so watch this space for more This has been a new experience and it will help me in the future - I wish it wasn’t coming to an end … It’s just been really fun and helped me a lot - which is why it is so good because it’s helped me to develop!”
(Year 10 Student)

“It’s been brilliant seeing as creatives pass the decision making to the students – allowing choice and giving the opportunity for discussion and common agreement. I’d like to see the Arts Award develop further in school!”
(Head of Year 10)

This programme was commissioned by Haydock Sports College and supported with funding from Curious Minds.