The Young Arts project this year has been to support local pupils studying for their GCSE Art exams. A grant was offered to four secondary schools to provide an extra-curriculum outing to an art gallery or art based location. Trips such as this have suffered from the continuing cuts within schools and in many cases parents are unable to contribute towards them.

By providing a grant which will cover the basic costs of the trip, Cavendish have enabled the staff to provide an experience both academic and developmental, and the pupils benefit from a first-hand experience of art works, as well as the confidence to visit galleries again in the future.

So far Buxton Community School, Glossopdale School, New Mills School and Hope Valley College have all received support and had very successful and beneficial art trips to Manchester and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

“I cannot understate how important an opportunity such as this is for our students.” (Michael Moore, Buxton Community School)

“I think the Sculpture Park was interesting and the stories in the talk brought it to life.” “I really enjoyed the Yorkshire Sculpture Park because it widened my knowledge on sculptors and other artists.”

“I found the trip fundamental to my learning as I saw different types of sculpture and art.” “I got to see things I wouldn’t have had a chance to see and the tours were really helpful” (Pupils’ comments)