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Students from Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School celebrate Arts Award success with Yorkshire Sculpture Park

06 Mar 2019

Today, 19 pupils from Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School celebrated Arts Award success after completing their Discover qualification at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).
Pupils were awarded certificates by Councillors Samantha Harvey and Lorna Malkin, Arts Council England’s Pete Massey, Helen Challenger and Helen Young from Wakefield Council, and YSP’s Learning team in a presentation which took place at the school on Wednesday 6 March.
To achieve their award, pupils – who had never visited YSP before – spent valuable time with their families, taking part in a variety of creative workshops at the Park and their local community, over a period of a few months. Families worked together to learn about and creatively respond to artwork in the outdoors at YSP. The children learnt new art and critical-thinking skills, working alongside professional artists, by experimenting with printmaking, photography and ceramics, in the beautiful outdoor setting.
The Arts Award mission is to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and achieve a national qualification.
Pete Massey, Director North, Arts Council England, said: “Arts Award is a great way for young people to get recognised for their achievement in the arts and I’m thrilled to be able to present these awards to these amazing young people from Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School. The Arts Council passionately believes that taking part in arts and cultural activity should be a part of every young person’s life, not just because it’s fun and enjoyable, but because we know what a positive impact it can have on broader learning outcomes. I’m really pleased to see the support and encouragement that these young people have received from Yorkshire Sculpture Park whose expert Learning team have taken them and their families on this fantastic journey of creative exploration.”
Emma Spencer, Family Learning Programmer, said: “It’s a real honour to be able celebrate the achievements of these young people with them, their classmates and their families. I’m very proud of the commitment and enthusiasm they’ve shown for working together, getting to know YSP and achieving their Arts Awards.”
Find out about starting your Arts Award journey at YSP
Notes to Editors
About Arts Award

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award.
The awarding body responsible for Arts Award is Trinity College London. In England, Arts Award is managed by Trinity is association with Arts Council England and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive population.
Since its launch in 2005, the award has grown quickly and is now flourishing in arts centres, colleges and schools, community projects, libraries, galleries, local authorities, theatres, youth clubs and youth justice settings.
Arts Award’s principles are:

  • to offer learning and qualifications which support individual creative development in any setting
  • to place young people at the heart of the Arts Award process
  • to increase young people’s experience and understanding of arts practitioners and cultural organisations
  • to embrace new art forms and technologies
  • to reach the widest possible range of young people 

The awards were presented by (left to right):
Pippa Couch, Head of Learning, YSP; Jayne Elliott, Head Teacher, Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School; Emma Spencer, Family Learning Programmer, YSP; Samantha Harvey, Councillor for Wakefield Rural Ward; Lorna Malkin, Councillor for Pontefract North; Helen Challenger, Children First Hub Team Manager, Wakefield Council; Helen Young, Children First Coordinator, Wakefield Council; Pete Massey, Director North, Arts Council England

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