George Abbot, one of the highest performing state schools in the country, has launched a fundraising campaign to upgrade its arts facilities. The ‘Renaissance Project’ aims to create a set of inspiring, sustainable and accessible spaces to house its outstanding arts activity. The project will benefit young people studying ceramics, fashion, fine art, photography and textiles at the school.
The school has a longstanding reputation for excellence in the arts and a firm belief in the power and value of creativity. However, it is time to upgrade the arts spaces in school to ensure that they continue to reflect the talent of the students and the passion of the staff team. By investing in creativity, the school is confident that students will reap the benefits. The arts can play a key role in developing critical thinking and problem solving as well as encouraging risk taking and creating a sense of well-being. It also helps develop social skills – and there is evidence that creativity helps develop skills in maths and science.
Headteacher, Mrs Kate Carriett, commented:
‘Our school community has truly demonstrated its creative thinking skills in planning this campaign. By updating our facilities and encouraging the combination of digital and traditional approaches, we hope to create a synergy which will lead to a whole school renaissance of the arts. There is no shortage of talent – only inspirational spaces.’