A school in Bedford has been recognised for its work in involving pupils in the arts.
Newnham Middle School has gained the prestigious Artsmark Award, presented to schools across the country that demonstrate excellence in arts teaching and opportunities that it provides.
The school is rehearsing for its summer production of Beauty and the Beast and recent school trips have included visits to the London Symphony Orchestra, the Globe Theatre and The Tate.
The school radio broadcasts weekly news and sports programmes and has links with artists, musicians and performers.
Headteacher Ruth Wilkes said: “At Newnham we really value the arts as central to our curriculum. We believe that children and young people thrive best when their creativity is nurtured alongside physical and academic education.
“We are delighted that our teaching of the arts - from theatre to instrumental lessons to stunning art work and performance - has been recognised with this award. Our staff are totally committed to ensuring that cultural and creative opportunities are promoted in everything we do and we are fortunate to have a specialist team of teachers and support staff to ensure that these opportunities are of the highest quality.”