At Guiseley School, we have a strong belief that the Arts form a vital role in providing your child with a broad and balanced education and help them to become outstanding twenty-first-century citizens.
Since 2016 as part of our ongoing commitment to the Arts, we have included an Arts Pledge in all student planners which outlines every student’s entitlement to an Arts Education. We are always looking for new and exciting ways of bringing the Arts into school particularly during these current challenging times. During the lockdown, our entire student body and staff were challenged to complete weekly Arts activities which ranged from recreating their favourite moment from a film to photographs of what lockdown meant to them, to making homemade musical instruments.
We also have a named governor for the Arts who sits on our governing body.
In 2017 we were one of only twelve schools in the UK to be awarded Arts Mark Platinum by the Arts Council to celebrate the high-quality Arts education and opportunities in school and our work with the local community.
We are currently on our second Arts Mark journey and are aiming to gain Platinum level for a second time this academic year.
Arts Award is an externally validated qualification from Trinity College London and the Arts Council. In the summer term in their Art, Drama and Music lessons all Year 8 students work towards gaining their Bronze award. We are one of only a handful of secondary schools in the country who offer Arts Award to an entire year group. In 2018-19 over 200 students were successful in gaining their Bronze award.
We are extremely proud of the fantastic range of opportunities available in school. With four music concerts and three school productions, art competitions, sound and lighting club and much more, we believe there is something for everyone. Our extra-curricular provision helps to make Guiseley School a truly vibrant and creative place to study and work at.
We are very proud of all our students who have gone on to study the arts at university and are forging successful careers in their chosen fields. With the Creative and Media Industry one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and contributing more than 9.1 billion GDP to the economy there is a wealth of opportunity wherever your talents and interests lie.
We are extremely proud of all our students both past and present who have worked professionally in the industry over the past few years. Recent successes have included past students Joel McVeagh appearing as Andy in the Netflix productions of ‘The Christmas Prince’ and Oliver Bell performing at the Royal Opera House London with the Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2019.
We don’t just want to keep the Arts to ourselves and welcome any opportunities to work with our feeder primary schools and the local community. If you have a project you think we could be involved in please email us at [email protected].
In 2018 we organised a music and drama evening to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1 which involved students from Year 8 to Year 13, local community arts groups and the Guiseley Branch of the Royal British Legion. The evening was an incredibly moving one with three generations coming together to remember those who fought and fell for us from the Aireborough area.
We work closely with our feeder primary schools and frequently deliver CPD for teachers and lead workshops for students. In 2016 we launched the first Aireborough Art Exhibition, and this has continued with a virtual exhibition of students work planned for later this year. Our students love working with and performing to younger students and developing their leadership skills.