STUDENTS and staff have celebrated their work after receiving a renowned art award.

Greenfield Community College, in Newton Aycliffe, was given the Platinum Artsmark Award for its achievements to arts.

To mark the success, executive headteacher, David Priestley, celebrated with the students in a series of assemblies where he addressed the whole school and shared the news.

He commended staff and students for their commitment to arts, culture and creativity and the role Greenfield Arts played in supporting the achievement.

Mr Priestley said:“We’re extremely proud of our Artsmark Platinum Award.

"We are committed to delivering a high quality creative art and cultural experience and we look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark.”

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. The award provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.

Melanie Carter, area manager, for Culture Bridge North East said: “We are absolutely delighted Greenfield Community College received their Platinum Artsmark Award.

“It’s fantastic to see that so many school leaders are recognising the prestige and intrinsic importance of this award in supporting an arts focussed curriculum.”

Through Artsmark, Greenfield Community College will continue to incorporate art and culture into earning and help them to build skills of resilience and confidence to help them be successful in all areas of their life.