Cultural Learning

Kenningtons’ cultural journey started when we became a Thurrock Trailblazer school in 2014. (Thurrock Trailblazer is an innovative programme of high quality arts and cultural activities, visits to heritage sites and specialist teaching training that boosts creative learning in schools.) We work very closely with the Royal Opera House Bridge to drive and develop arts and culture provision across our school. A strategic whole school approach is at the heart of Thurrock Trailblazer and it is linked to our school’s improvement and development plans.

As a result, the children at Kenningtons have had various opportunities to participate in a range of quality arts and cultural activities since 2014 and continue to do so. In addition, staff members received a range of cultural and creative teaching CPD, including cultural leadership training for 3 staff members.

One of our biggest successes is ‘Arts Week’ that we have implemented in school. Initially, this newly found tradition developed from a small project linked to Anne Boleyn in 2015 to a much bigger, and very successful, project ‘The life of the Young Victoria’ in 2016. The success of this project was endorsed by Kensington Palace when our school was awarded the ‘Kensington Palace Choice Award’. Not only was this celebrated locally, but also on a national level when our good practice was published in their annual brochure.

Kenningtons is proud to be a Gold Artsmark school. We have a clear vision for cultural learning in our school and continue to build on previous successes and new targets set.