Arts in school are a crucial and exciting ingredient of a creative and rewarding learning journey for everyone.

Artists, musicians, writers and actors are not born skilled, they are recognised, inspired and supported.

Huge numbers of creative professionals can trace the igniting of their creativity back to experiences at school, whether it was encouragement from a school art teacher, acting in a play or singing a particular piece of music at school. Lily Allen, Grayson Perry and Evelyn Glennie all talk with passion of the influence a particular teacher had in inspiring them to develop their creativity and follow a creative career.

Arts education refers to education in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Study in the arts is integral to our society. They are a part of the cultural heritage of every person. The arts are what make us most human, most complete as people.

Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.

St Mary’s School is linked with SCC Culture Box providing inspirational and innovative of programmes of support for South East Surrey.