Our Arts Mark Journey ...

Arts Mark Statement


Royal Cross is embarking on Gold Arts Mark status. This means that we will be building on the creative curriculum that is already in place to enrich our pupils’ lives and learning through cultural experiences. We regularly invite the high-quality sign language theatre company ‘Crazy Cat’. In addition, we will be seeing Wayne Sharples a Deaf storyteller from NDCS giving his version of The Gruffalo. We will be striving for excellence and innovation. We have invited dance consultant Helen Gould from LPM Dance on a residency to develop bespoke dance lessons that will train our teachers inclusive dance practice.




We strive to be authentic. Our Xmas production this year is Aladdin set in Burnley market, reflecting and celebrating the diverse cultures within our school community. The play is told using voice, Signed Supported English and BSL, accepting and using the whole range of communication methods. Our drama specialist Jilly Sumsion and deaf BSL teacher Janet Bamber co- deliver drama to ensure Deaf culture is prioritised.

Our school is inspiring, exciting and engaging. As part of the creative curriculum children connect with their local community, widening their world view and opening out the learning from the classroom. This can include cultural activities such as regular visits to the Harris museum in Preston, ‘welly walks’ to the local woods and Beacon Fell, horse riding lessons, visits to Space sensory and trips to the local theatre in Lancaster.


Our school Arts provision is tailored to the needs of our children ensuring it is positive and inclusive. A person- centred approach in devising the school play ensures everybody has a meaningful role, is seen, heard and valued equally.

At Royal Cross, we actively involve children in making choices and this extends to cultural arts activities. At the Harris museum, each child took their own iPad and selected their favourite artwork. In subsequent weeks, we honed in on specific works of art recreating the scenes through role play, oil pastels, or collage.

We have a school council that meets regularly to represent the views of the school and connect with outside organisations. We are a small and highly specialised school with the ability to meet children ‘where they are at’, both cognitively and in their creative learning, enabling personal progression at a pace that is right for each individual.

  1. aim to develop belonging and a sense of ownership; to Royal Cross School, the Deaf community and to the arts networks available in their locality. We have direct links with Deafway in Preston and through them to Deaf school children in Nepal. We hope that over time the children will develop a sense of themselves as part of a global Deaf community.

Whilst we pride ourselves on our creative approach we are aspiring to Gold Status which will establish our good practice, develop best practice and have measurable impact on the learning, communication and wellbeing of our pupils.

Have a look at the Gallery Page on the website for photos and videos of our Artsmark Journey.  

We have enjoyed exciting Dance and Music Workshops in Term 2

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‘Communication is Key’