We have a simple philosophy about the arts, stimulated by creativity and imagination; providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences. The appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriches all our lives and we are committed to providing a rich and varied arts curriculum for all children.

As a lead school nationally for The Arts, we constantly look for ways to innovate our arts provision. We have highly qualified staff including a Specialist Music Teacher and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in Primary Art, English and Computing.

We have very strong partnerships with creative practitioners and cultural organisations and regularly use arts practitioners to enrich the learning of our children. Our art leader plans art for all year groups across the Trust, based on developing the children’s basic skills in art, ensuring that throughout their time in primary school they experience all the visual elements and processes of art. Our recent focus has been developing the children’s use of their sketch books as a source of visual information which they take ownership of, whilst developing every child’s own creativity.

Our resident artist works weekly with groups of children in our purpose-built art studio, which was funded by the Friends of The Mead. Our Key Stage 2 art club meet weekly and are developing their leadership skills by supporting younger children in art activities to enhance the school’s environment. Our art leader has established and leads meetings for the Alliance to develop continuity for all children in local primary schools.

Every year we produce a whole school performance where children from Key Stage 2 work together to create a production using music, dance and drama. There is also the opportunity for children to work as artists developing scenery and props for the show.

Our specialist music teacher leads the delivery of an outstanding music curriculum across all schools and teaches or plans a music curriculum for all pupils within designated music areas. Children have the opportunity to learn a number of instruments during their school life including recorder, ukulele and steel pans and develop their love of music through performance.

Children gain an understanding of how to compose and benefit from access to a variety of percussion instruments. We are accredited as a Platinum Sing Up school and an Artsmark Gold school and children are trained to be ambassador-singing leaders. This has led to collaboration with other local schools and teachers to enable them to feel more confident to lead singing in their own schools and to achieve ‘Sing Up’ Awards themselves.

Children have the opportunity to be part of our Young Voices choir that attends an annual singing event at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. The alliance also puts on annual musicals that offer enrichment performing opportunities. Other enrichment activities are supported by close collaboration with The Wiltshire Music Centre and the local music hub ‘Wiltshire Music Connect’. Children can choose to take extra lessons in violin, cello, flute, keyboard, piano, drums, guitar and singing.  

The alliance plays a major role in the local ‘Music Learning Community’ which brings together children and young people for musical events across the county.