Dagenham school holds arts week in a bid to receive national recognition

Pupils with some of the clay figures that they helped create

Pupils with some of the clay figures that they helped create - Credit: Archant

Creative students have been showing off their best efforts during a week-long celebration of the arts.

The spectacle at Hunters Hall Primary in Dagenham is the culmination of a drive to achieve an Artsmark from the Arts Council in recognition of the school’s commitment to the arts.

Poetry, music, drama and painting have all been on the agenda this week and every pupil at the Alibon Road school has made a clay figurine inspired by Antony Gormley.

Four choirs have performed to parents who were also encouraged to get involved with some of the artistic activities.

Jon Fentiman, the school’s arts co-ordinator, said: “This week has been great for the children as they have been put through lots of tests recently.

“It’s been a nice to get away from the curriculum for a week and end the year with a celebration of some of the things that they’ve enjoyed doing – and it’s good for the wider community as well.”