Nick Gibb visits River Beach Primary School to see arts award progress

Nick Gibb MP joined Richard Russell, Chief Operating Officer of Arts Council England, and Jane Bryant and Richard Beales from Artswork to visit River Beach Primary School in Littlehampton to see how the school is working towards 'Artsmark', a national art award,  Artsmark is awarded by the Arts Council to creative schools.

Mr Gibb and the guests were welcomed to the school by Year 6 Arts Ambassadors who described the lessons and projects taking place around the school. The visitors were also treated to performing, singing, art work and writing through drama.

Nick Gibb said, "The arts and music are an important part of a child's education.  I was pleased to see first-hand the importance River Beach Primary School attaches to music, to literature and to art."

Mr Russell said, “Thanks to River Beach Primary School in Littlehampton for hosting a visit from Schools Minister and local MP, Nick Gibb. Arts and creativity are clearly part of the ethos of the school. As the school embarks on its Artsmark journey, there is lots to be proud of in how the school embeds the arts across the curriculum. And well done to the amazing Arts Ambassador hosts for their outstanding advocacy for arts in the school.”

Mr Beales from Artswork added; “There is a golden thread of creativity that runs through the school.”

Dave Ayers, head teacher, said "We are delighted our visitors were able to see the importance the arts play in our school and we look forward to working towards gaining the Artsmark Award."