We believe every child should have the opportunity
 to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. That’s why Artsmark was created: to bring this ambition to life in every classroom.

Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award will help schools deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provide an excellent way to demonstrate this. Across the country Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools for championing arts and culture. Any school, college or youth justice setting can apply. Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision.

MFL Drama Workshop

Our years 7&8 MFL students enjoyed a day of drama and role play whilst furthering their knowledge of French and Spanish.

Using the stories of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, our visitors brought costumes and incorporated role playing whilst engaging the students in the language of the text.

It was a lot of fun but also a highly effective way of teaching and bringing to life not only the language but the literature of these two classic texts. It was a perfect example of how we are committed to bringing creativity to as much of our teaching at Arts & Media School Islington as possible. Thank you to our head of MFL, Mr Castillo, for organising this event.

Artists in Residence @ AMSI

We are delighted to welcome to our school community, 4 Artists in Residence – Janetka, Louise, Betsy and Esther – who are working in their new Studios  in C block. This initiative is a unique partnership with Cubitt Arts which has revived our old woodwork room.  In exchange for affordable rent the Artists will be working with students and staff on lots of exciting creative projects.

As a result of this new partnership, this week we hosted St. Martin’s School of Art and Brazilian Artists who collaborated with our more able MFL students in a workshop to develop a dialogue with young people in Sao Paulo through the arts.

The Artists have also converted a small kitchen in to a Photographic Darkroom which will run after-school sessions in January 2019.

Year 7 Anti Bullying Week Winners

November 16th: ‘Respect’ goes out to Year 7 students from Arts and Media Islington Secondary school (AMSI) who have won Islington’s Anti Bullying Week competition for schools.

The students produced their own version of the News at Ten on the theme ‘Choose Respect’ using Aretha Franklin’s song ‘Respect’ as inspiration.

Heather Vaccianna said: “A huge round of applause to the Year 7 students at AMSI for their fantastic entry for this year’s borough-wide creative competition. The students created a really entertaining piece that was fun to watch whilst reminding us of the serious impact of bullying and the importance of treating each other with respect to prevent it happening – well done!!”

Islington Life

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Hansel and Gretel at the Barbican

On October 12th, a group of Year 8 and 9 students attended a special production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ at the Barbican Theatre as a rewards trip for their work during the Autumn Term.

‘Hansel and Gretel (A Nightmare in Eight Scenes) ‘was a reimagining of the famous tale, with specially commissioned poetry, chamber music, puppetry and animations, all projected live onto a large screen.

Students were also lucky enough to participate in a live Q&A session with poet Simon Armitage, who wrote the poetry for the production. He told students: “If you want to be a writer, you need to be a reader.” Excellent advice indeed!


Year 10 GCSE Music students performance at the Barbican on Wednesday 24th April.