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Reddish Vale Technology College

Reddish Vale Technology College in Stockport achieved Artsmark Gold in 2005.

I successfully applied for Artsmark Silver at my previous school. When I came to Reddish Vale as Head of Performing and Expressive Arts I put applying for the award into the fourth year of our five year plan. I wanted to wait until we were ready. The arts are now part of the community here. For example, when I arrived 11 children learned musical instruments; now there are 260. When we got the Gold award we invited in the local press and we informed every parent of our achievement. It alerted other teachers to how strong the arts are in the school. It was a big thing for us. Artsmark showed me that we're doing things right, how good we are and how far we've come.

Haycliffe School performing at the Yorkshire Artsmark celebration event, June 2006
Photo: Brian Slater

Haycliffe School performing at the Yorkshire Artsmark celebration event, June 2006.
Photo: Brian Slater

Performance poets Aisle 16 at the East Artsmark celebration event, July 2006
Photo: Pete Huggins

Performance poets Aisle 16 at the East Artsmark celebration event, July 2006 Photo: Pete Huggins