Our aim at Duncombe school is to create an arts-rich environment so that our children, staff and the community can both enjoy and achieve in the arts. We see the arts as valuable in their own right, but also as a means to support and enhance learning in other curriculum subjects. Please read our Art and Design & Technology Statement for more information.
We are extermelly proud of our Gold ArtsMark Status. Here are some comments from our ArtsMark report:
- Duncombe School shows itself to be a hub for the arts in its community and this is very much part of its overall vision.
- The work with the broader community is exemplary. “People re-discover their abilities if they can bring something into the school,” said the head teacher.
- I witnessed where parents were working with clay and screen printing, guided by the school’s artist in residence. Some parents have now started to share their own skills with others and have taken on more of a leadership role.
Our most valuable creative arts asset at Duncombe is our artist in residence, Lorraine. She runs our well-equiped art studio. Lorraine runs a variety of excellent art classes for children, parents and staff. All are welcome to come along to these free sessions to have fun, learn some new skills and meet new friends. We hold weekly pottery, recycled art and textile classes. We also run courses, so look out for more information on our parent newsletter. We visit exhibitions and display work at the Laycock Teachers Centre.
We love our exciting annual event, ‘Challenge Day’, which is carried out with our educational business partners. The children work with 30 volunteers and create large-scale installations.
The Arts Award in Year 6
All children in Year 6 have the opportunity to complete the Bronze Arts Award. Over the year, they meet artists, visit galleries and learn and teach art skills. They work with the artist in residence on Friday afternoon and attend lunchtime club. The end-of-year assessment involves the children displaying their portfolio of work in an exhibition and having an interview.