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Arts Award

Arts Award is a national qualification in the creative, visual and performing arts, accredited by Trinity College, London, who deliver it in partnership with the Arts Council. For students of 11 years and above there are 3 appropriate levels: Bronze (Level 1), Silver (Level 2) and Gold (Level 3 and recognised by UCAS).

We became an Arts Award Centre in 2013 and the programme is now well established at Rushcroft. All students who have an interest in the arts are welcome to join. Contact Ms Guns, Rushcroft Arts Co-ordinator, for details and find out more about from the links below.

Click here for the Arts Policy

Click here for further information about the Arts Award at Rushcroft.

Arts Award News

Visit to the Barbican Centre to watch 'The Encounter'
On Thursday 25th February, twenty one Rushcroft students from Years 7 and 8 visited the Barbican Centre to watch a performance of ‘The Encounter’, written and performed by Simon McBurney.  This was a ground-breaking production involving 3-D sound and requiring the whole audience to wear headphones to experience the sounds and sensations of life in the Amazon jungle.  The show ran for two hours without an intermission.  It was an amazing one-man production which our students thoroughly enjoyed.

We were delighted with the attitude, behaviour and enthusiasm of all our students who brought great credit on themselves and Rushcroft.  The students selected to experience the production were drawn from Barbican Junior Poets 2015, the current Junior Poets 2016 and some of our London City Poets.  The gift of tickets for the performance from the Barbican was made in recognition of our successful ongoing working relationship with them.  The current crop of Barbican Junior Poets have already impressed the mentors with the quality of their work and their enthusiasm.

 Ms Guns and Mr Hunter


Visit to the Museum of London
Twenty eight Year 7 students visited the Museum of London for the day on Friday 20th November.  During the morning, we visited several galleries, completing a section of work on Victorian London.  The members of the group were very focused and worked in teams to discover the information required.  After lunch, we attended a poetry-writing session led by two professional poets.  The poetry was based on stimuli from visiting various locations in the museum.

The quality of work from our students was excellent and the tutors were most impressed with their engagement and commitment.  All the students were very positive ambassadors for Rushcroft and were a pleasure to take out on the visit.  A follow-up meeting in school will be arranged shortly and pieces of their final work will be chosen to be displayed at an event at the Museum of London.

Ms Guns


Barbican Poets - Autumn 2015
Congratulations to the students from both Rushcroft and Chingford Foundation Schools who participated in the six month poetry and spoken word project provided by the Barbican Centre.  There were 7 students from Chingford and the following 5 students from Rushcroft (all in Year 8): Melissa Arikan, Jessica Ventel, Temi Ashogbon, Karina Jerofejeva and Maariya Sohail.  They worked with eminent poets including the current Young Poet Laureate for London.  The students performed in their own showcase at the Barbican Centre and as part of Walthamstow Garden Party.  Their work has also been published in an anthology ‘The Kite Strings of a Smile’

Ms Guns
Arts Coordinator