THE creative efforts of young people at a Bridgwater school have been rewarded with a special award.

Eastover Primary School recently celebrated achieving the Artsmark GOLD Award.

The Award, which is given by Arts Council England, recognises excellence in creative learning and rewards schools like Eastover Primary, who use the arts to provide a rich diversity of arts and cultural activities for pupils.

Michaela Hoppins and Laura Weall, arts coordinators of Eastover Primary School, were also to be commended for not only developing strong foundations with local artists, musicians and organisations but also demonstrating excellent practice of the delivery of arts award for pupils.

The arts council also acknowledged that even during lockdown and the Covid pandemic, Eastover Primary school had found creative ways to bring the whole school community together, supporting the wellbeing of pupils, parents and teachers.

Bridgwater Mercury: PARTY TIME: Young people with the special celebration cake
PARTY TIME: Young people with the special celebration cake

Sedgemoor District Councillor Tony Heywood was invited to the presentation of the award.

“It’s fantastic to see Eastover Primary School in Bridgwater being awarded the prestigious Gold Artsmark Award,” he said.

Alongside Cllr Heywood, Alice Crane from arts charity Spaeda was also invited to celebrate the school’s achievement with tea and a celebratory cake, while the whole 400-plus pupils were supplied with a well-deserved end-of-term ice cream.