CALSA Lead School
At Ormiston Victory, we are delighted to have been asked to become a Lead CALSA School by Festival Bridge. We cannot think of a nicer responsibility to have! This means we will lead a group of CALSA teachers and coordinate their work to maximise access to cultural and arts experiences.
We have appointed our CALSAs (teachers from a range of schools who share our passion for art and culture) and they commence work in September 2018! We will happily accept any dynamic ideas about how we can hep young people access arts opportunities – so contact us if you can!
Our CALSAs will work with other schools to provide a range of support – be it arranging for a live theatre experience or helping a new member of staff with leading their subject. On this page you will find summaries and profiles of these wonderful people – and a log of the good work they will do.
What is CALSA?
Cultural & Arts Leaders in Schools and Academies (CALSA) is a key regional programme developed by Festival Bridge in 2015 to ensure that the benefits of cultural education are accessible to children and young people across our region.
Engagement and understanding of arts and culture stimulate spiritual, moral, and cultural (SMSC) development of children and young people, which are Ofsted criteria contributing to the overall assessment rank of each school.
CALSAs are confident education leaders who enable other teachers to introduce a sound element of cultural education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. Whether it’s about initiating an arts project for students, starting Arts Award or applying for Artsmark – CALSAs can use their knowledge and expertise to support the ambitions of other education settings.
The CALSA model was piloted in the academic year 2015/16 with two teaching schools taking on the Lead School role and 10 teachers becoming CALSAs. Over 3014 students were impacted thought CALSA work in its first year. In 2016/17 academic year Festival Bridge is rolling out the model and expects to work with 8 lead schools and between 40-50 CALSAs across the Festival Bridge area.
The CALSA Team
Luke Ashworth, Dance at Ormiston Sudbury Academy
Chris Ellis, Music at Notre Dame High School
Hannah Morris, Drama at Ormiston Denes Academy
Becky Mizon, Art at Ormiston Victory Academy
“I believe the arts are for everyone. They enrich us as people, build confidence and help us view the world from a more considered perspective.”
Helen Dickenson – Art – Ormiston Thomas Wolsey
Record of CALSA Projects
We have lots of exciting projects coming up – please watch this space!