A Sense of Place was a collaborative project that was initiated by Shepway Teaching Schools and Artswork (a bridge organisation for Arts Council England). The Project ran from September 2014 to March 2015 and involved a collaboration between: 6 local schools ; St Peter’s Church of England Primary , Sandgate Primary, Folkestone Primary Academy, St Eanswythe’s Church of England Primary, Mundella Primary and All Souls Church of England Primary).  Other stakeholders included; Frances Chiverton (Triennial Public Programmes Coordinator: Schools and Communities); Hannah Conroy (Folkestone Artworks Curator); Jonathan Barnes (Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Education and Development, Canterbury Christ Church University); Jennie Carter (Director of Shepway Teaching Schools); Lucy Medhurst (Strategic Manager for Artswork in Kent); Leanne Macdonald (School Liaison Manager for Artswork in Kent).

Our Folkestone based Artswork Project, ‘A Sense of Place’, was set up with the aim of: establishing and maintaining collaborative working between Folkestone schools and the Folkestone arts community; enabling some of the children within the participating schools to achieve an Arts Award where previously there had not been access to this; for the participating schools to be signed up as Arts Award Centres; enabling participating schools to gain Artsmark; to produce Folkestone based cross-curricular Units of Study based on local arts,  cultural provision and local geography in order to provide high quality pupil engagement; to develop an Arts and Cultural Policy for Folkestone schools and arts organisations; to consider how the project would be disseminated and further developed as CPD for teachers and practitioners.

All schools involved worked tirelessly to meet the aims of the project and are now delivering Arts Award in their schools and have applied for Artsmark accreditation. They also formulated Units of Study that link to particular ‘places’ in Folkestone and have built cross-curricular schemes using the arts and architecture as a stimulus. We hope that these schemes provide some inspiration for other teachers and that, over time, we can add to these so that all schools in Folkestone have an ownership of this curriculum.

If you are interested in discussing what we have done so far or require support to be able to deliver great arts provision in your school please do not hesitate to contact us.

Michelle Charlton-Taylor
Project Manager