Academic & The Arts
St Uny has acquired the Artsmark Gold Award(2012) from The Arts Council of England in recognition of its commitment to the four art forms; visual art, music, drama and dance. We deliver the curriculum through the International Primary Curriculum but ensure that each study ‘theme’ is enriched with art workshops, opportunities and experiences.
Our children are lucky enough to be growing up in a town intrinsically linked to art through its heritage and history. We endeavour to immerse our children in a rich, diverse experience of the arts today. To engage them in understanding their heritage and culture but also in recognising that art enhances learning, that it gives a sensory dimension to the world in which they live and is, still for many St Ives residents, a life choice.
We have acquired funding to host a number of art workshops and create permanent art installations. In order to visually proclaim our Christian foundation funding was acquired to commission a fused glass window from the nationally acclaimed glass artist Jo Downs. The children worked with Jo in school for a number of workshop sessions and then worked alongside her in her studio to create the window. The window was then blessed by the Bishop Tim in 2009.
Year 6 Art Legacy
Every year our Year 6 pupils participate in an arts residency which culminates in an art installation in the grounds or building. This is that cohort's legacy to us-a part of them they leave at St Uny.
Although we hold fast to the principle of child-centred, creative learning we are a school recognised for its significantly high attainment and achievement. St Uny is one of the highest attaining schools in the county and the country and, in 2010, was graded by Ofsted as an ‘outstanding’ school.
Ofsted said “St Uny Primary is an outstanding school which provides an excellent education for its pupils with the result that they make exemplary progress in their learning and in their personal development.”
Progress and attainment in every phase of education, including Foundations Stage is outstanding. Although our children attain extremely high SAT results across the core subjects the school recognises Science, Mathematics and Arts teaching and learning as being exceptionally strong.
All children are encouraged to achieve at St Uny, our team of highly skilled Teaching Assistants work alongside the teachers to ensure that every child is supported or challenged appropriately, that learning is interesting and engaging and that achievement is celebrated. Ofsted says “Extremely effective learning starts in the Reception class and continues across the school. Because pupils’ curiosity is stimulated, they are well motivated to learn, they enjoy their activities and want to do well.”