LVS Oxford is celebrating after achieving Arts Award centre status.
We received the status at the end of January which means that students can gain academic qualifications from their study of the arts. The national award, managed by Trinity College alongside Arts Council England, fits perfectly with LVS Oxford’s ethos of helping develop individuals’ specific talents and interests as it can be studied in any area of the arts from fashion to poetry, dancing, sculpture and more.
The Arts Award will help provide skills that can be used across other subjects too, allowing learners to research and report on topics such as finding out about artists and their work and then sharing the information. 30 learners will complete the ‘Discover’ level of the Arts Award by studying the work of Andy Warhol; creating their own piece of pop art and attending workshops at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford where an Andy Warhol exhibition is on until May.
Head of Centre at LVS Oxford Louisa Allison-Bergin is a trained Arts Award adviser, allowing her to support young people in gaining arts experiences, provide guidance and assess arts logs and portfolios. The award complements the school’s ever-growing academic options available to learners, with four new BTEC courses introduced this year to sit alongside GCSEs and NVQ awards.
Louisa said: “This award is really important to us as it provides an opportunity for all learners to create and develop their artistic skills, express themselves and enjoy taking part in creative activities. We always aim to enrich and develop our learners in terms of both their social and emotional wellbeing and academic progress. This award helps us to achieve these goals, providing stimulating lessons with the chance to gain qualifications too”.
We aim to provide them with a 'tool box for life' - a variety of skills and coping mechanisms that they can take with them in to the future.