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Arts Award

Arts Award at Gordon Primary School

What is Arts Award?


Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. Offered at five different levels, young people get to:


  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment


To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.


Arts Award Discover


At Gordon Primary School, our pupils have an opportunity to work towards achieving Arts Award Discover. Arts Award Discover is an introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25. To achieve an Arts Award Discover, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:


  • participating in arts activities
  • researching artists and their work
  • sharing their arts discoveries

Arts Award at Gordon


It has been a great pleasure to present 60 Gordon pupils with distinguished Arts Award certificates. Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

The Arts Award qualifications are designed to inspire learners up to the age of 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Most of all, they aim to support and encourage learners of all levels and abilities and from all backgrounds and cultures to engage and participate in the arts.

To achieve their Arts Award, the children had to take on a challenge in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. They created a portfolio to keep a record of their creative work and progress along the way, and they were supported by an adult who has trained as an Arts Award adviser and acts as an assessor,
facilitator and mentor.

We are delighted to announced that the children of Year 1 have become the first recipients of Arts Award Discover in our school! Earlier this year, the children participated in a wonderful collaboration with the Aurora Orchestra. They learned things about the famous Russian composer, Tchaikovsky, and listened to some of his music. They learned the Make a Friend song, danced and enriched their musical knowledge by exploring musical instruments and well-known pieces of his music. For this collaboration, each child has been awarded with the Arts Award Discover, a prestigious award given by the Trinity College in London. We are very proud of the children for achieving this incredible award. 

Gordon Primary School

Golfe Road, Ilford, EssexIG1 1SU