A head teacher says it is a “proud day” for his school after it was recognised with a platinum award for making arts come alive.

Holmer Green Senior School has been given a platinum Artsmark award - the highest available - for its art provision.

Schools are awarded silver, gold or platinum, based on their achievements.

Head teacher, Mike Jones, said the award was proof of the amazing work by pupils and teachers in the art department.

He said: “I am so proud of this recognition for our wonderful art, drama and music departments. 

“It is clear that the arts flourish at HGSS and our students receive a creative education that is second to none.

“Congratulations to all the staff who led our application and provide such outstanding teaching as well as to all those students whose work was judged to be so impressive by the awarding body.

“What a proud day for HGSS.”

The Artsmark panel recognised the Parish Piece school for its “strength in providing a wide range of high quality learning opportunities and arts and cultural experiences for our students through driving and embedding a whole school approach to creativity.”

It was also commended for its work with other schools and universities in the area as a “recognised hub” for the visual arts.

Schools have to go through a rigorous process to apply for the award, including attending development days and writing case studies.

Annie Hearne, assistant head teacher (creative curriculum), added: “I am delighted we have this award. The bid was complex and we had to prove we use creativity to underpin learning and progress, both in school and in the wider community. 

“To be awarded platinum, the top award, makes it all worthwhile. 

“This is fantastic recognition for the students and staff who work so hard relentlessly to prove the worth of the creative subjects.”