Since September 2006, we have been a Specialist Arts College. Our original bid for Specialism concentrated on Art, English and Design. Each of these areas have benefited immensely in our first specialist year, but all other subjects in the school have also seen facilities and funding enhanced. We have seen an accelerated programme of updating our ICT infrastructure. The number of interactive whiteboards in classrooms has doubled in the last year.
Extra-curricular activity has flourished across the school. At the same time, our Specialist capital programme has allowed us to totally refurbish our Art area, including the creation of a new Apple Mac suite. A Design room has also been refurbished to industry standard, with a new suite of computers. This will serve as a dual classroom/community use room as our Specialism becomes further graduated. We are indebted to Waitrose for their support in the last two to three years and will now use this resource to help train their staff in ICT presentation skills, for example our Specialism has also enabled us to have a greater impact in our primary feeder schools. Our primary partners have all been supported financially in their own artistic projects. Just as importantly, we have been able to strengthen our transition and curriculum links. For the first time, three of our Modern Foreign Languages teachers works part of the week in a primary setting.
We believe the Specialist Status that was achieved in 2006 is impacting in all areas of school life. We hope to build on that in the coming months and years and hopefully move to a second Specialism before too long. Hall Green has always been a creative and exciting environment. Our Arts Specialism is enhancing that in a very dramatic way.
Hall Green is a school that continually seeks to build on the successes of the past. And as this term and year progress, we shall continue to focus on the essentials that make Hall Green successful: the quality of our teaching and learning; personal pastoral care for every individual in the school; strong relationships with parents, carers and the wider community to support pupils in their learning.