Year 13 students, Louise Endean and Chantelle Stansfield, are the first in the College’s history to secure the coveted Silver Arts Award.
The Level 2 qualification, equivalent to a GCSE and moderated by the Arts Council, is awarded to individuals who have gathered portfolio evidence of planning, implementing and reviewing an arts challenge, as well as undertaking arts-based research and learning a new artistic skill. The students began the course whilst studying for their GCSE examinations in Year 11, before completing the course towards the end of their A Level studies.
Louise and Chantelle were both heavily involved in primary school art workshops that saw them helping pupils create structures out of willow, as well as independently learning a new skill; in Louise’s case, this was honing her song-writing skills and Chantelle took to ballet.
Louise said of the experience: “It feels fantastic to have achieve this award. I didn’t take Art as an A Level so the award was a great way to sustain my interest and creativity in the creative arts. There was no deadline, so you can study at your own pace and really enjoy the process.”
Chantelle was thrilled with the accolade: “I am so pleased to have completed this award. I think the creative arts are a really important way of expressing yourself and having the freedom to be exactly who you are.”
Team Leader of Art and award course leader, Julia Payne, said: “I am very proud of Louise and Chantelle as the first ever students to achieve this award. They have managed to create beautiful, individual craft books and it was great to see what they were achieving outside of our College environment. We are hoping to begin to run the Gold Arts Award as part of our Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, which will be worth valuable UCAS points.”