Arts Pledge and Commitment to the Arts

At Guiseley School, we have a clear belief in the role the Arts make in providing your son/daughter with a broad and balanced education and in helping them develop into citizens of the Twenty-First Century.

As part of our on-going commitment to the Arts, from September 2016 we created our Arts Pledge, which can be found in student planners and classrooms around the school. We have also challenged the whole school to take part in an arts activity or be a member of the audience at one of our Arts events during the year. We also have a named governor for the Arts who sits on our school governing body


Arts Award

Arts Award is an externally validated award by Trinity College London and the Arts Council. We currently offer a Bronze award in Year 9 as part of our Arts Curriculum and Gold Award (an L3 qualification, which carries UCAS points) as an enhancement subject in Year 12.

We are one of only a few schools nationally to offer a Bronze Arts Award to an entire year group as part of their KS3 curriculum.

In 2013/4 we were an Arts Award Centre of Excellence.


Arts Gold Award – Unit 2 Leadership Project

Unit 2 of Gold Arts Award requires students to lead an arts-based project and organise an arts event. ‘New Beginnings’ an evening of Drama and Music took place on March 22nd at Guiseley Theatre and involved over 75 students from Years 7-12.

A matinee performance was watched by pupils from five local primary schools with the evening performance watched by parents, friends and members of the local community.


Spotlight on ex-students

We are very proud of a growing number of ex-students who have gone onto study the arts at University and forge successful careers in their chosen fields.

With the creative arts and media industries being one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and contributing 9.1 billion to GDP each year, there is a wealth of job opportunities whatever your interests and talents and may lie.

We are very proud of a number of our students who have worked professionally this year both in films and the theatre.

Charlotte March starred in Ratburger, a recent David Walliams Film

Daniel Scott starred in Romeo and Juliet at the West Yorkshire Playhouse


Working with the local community

We don’t want to just keep the Arts to ourselves and welcome opportunities to work with our local community and feeder primary schools. If you have a project you think we could get involved in, please contact us via email.

Here is a selection of our work in and with the local community

  • In 2016 we launched our first Aireborough Learning Partnership Schools Arts Competition and exhibition.
  • Btec Music students regularly work with our feeder primary schools to develop and encourage musical talent as well as develop their own leadership skills
  • Glendinning Art Competition – locally based insurance company approached our Art Department to commission original pieces of work for a competition based on the theme of risk. The winning entries will have their work displayed in the company offices in Guiseley and around Yorkshire.
  • This academic year Art and Drama staff have delivered CPD training to teachers at a number of schools in the Aireborough Learning Partnership.