“Academic achievement is a high priority and the main focus. This school believes in giving each child the opportunity to feel successful by encouraging them to develop their unique gifts and talents in sports or the arts. This boosts their self-esteem and has a positive impact on their motivation to succeed academically”. Chris Chivers, IQM Report (July 2013)
The highest teaching standards in the Arts and Sport is underpinned by the excellent academic education that we provide which is paramount to our successes.
We are proud to encourage Arts and Sport at our Academy to boost achievement, develop talents and to enable all our children to fulfill their full potential and shine. Years of research show that these areas are closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, engagement, and opportunity. Involvement in the arts and sports is associated with gains in mathematics, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Arts and sports learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.
However, with the pressure to raise test scores; arts and sports education (sports to a lesser degree) has reduced classroom time. Yet at DLA, we have made great strides towards not only revitalising the arts and sport over the years, but also using them to maximise the achievement of our pupils. The outcomes can be demonstrated by our end of Key Stage 2 results. Our pupils flourish because creativity drives learning at DLA.
Outstanding talents are developed in a range of extra-curricular activities such as: drama club, art club, cartoon club, dance, wind and jazz bands, steel band, ukulele and ocarina groups. Our sports clubs range from: girls and boys football, rounders, athletics, netball, badminton and rugby to multi skills. The staff who deliver our sports and arts clubs and music and sports lessons are specialists in their field.