The development and promotion of the Arts is central to the shared belief of raising achievement and aspiration through curriculum and extra curricular creativity , enrichment , cultural opportunity and engagement for all through inspirational cultural, artistic and performance experiences regardless of starting point, gender, socio economic circumstance or location . The commitment to the shared ethos of the Creative Arts Faculty and Performing Arts provision is held within our ArtsMark Gold status and aspiration of achieving ArtsMark Platinum.

‘We believe that the creative and performing arts make a unique contribution to the education and well being of young people, community and staff in a commitment to life-long learning and self belief.’ Arts, cultural and heritage education at DCHS is an entitlement for all students both within the formal curriculum and through extra-curricular and community activities to raise engagement and cultural capital for all.

Our two productions a year allow for pupils to seize control of their creativity in all areas of a theatrical production and are allowed to foster skills in creative problem solving, collaboration and confidence in performance and engagement with arts organisations and the wider community. Publicity and marketing opportunities also exist and resilience and mental wellbeing are developed successfully by the recognition locally all pupils receive when their productions are performed within the town.

Artsmark has given us a powerful voice and platform to celebrate the excellent work across all areas of our school, build capacity in teaching, learning and student resilience and develop leadership skills. It has also given us the status to be even more outward facing with our offer and opportunities within our region to support other schools and providers with their provision offers.