A SCHOOL which champions art and culture has been picked to spearhead an Arts Council scheme.
Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth is one of 100 schools across England chosen to join the Artsmark Award to further develop school arts programmes.
Headteacher Nys Hardingham said: ‘We are absolutely delighted at being awarded Artsmark status at platinum level.
‘We are incredibly proud here that the tremendous hard work and commitment to arts education at the highest of levels for over 14 years by our extremely talented staff and students has been recognised with this prestigious award.’
The school has introduced an ‘arts charter’ to demonstrate its commitment to the arts, runs a creative writing club and also works with Portsmouth’s new Theatre Royal.
Arts Council chief executive Darren Henley said: ‘A great arts and cultural education gives children and young people the confidence and creative skills to thrive, as individuals and as members of our society.’