Rainhill’s Executive Principal wins prestigious arts award

The Executive Principal of Rainhill High School John Pout, has been awarded the Arts Council England Award for Innovation and Leadership.

The Award is in recognition of many visionary approaches that have made a huge impact on students’ enrichment and cultural welfare during his headship at both Rainhill High and his previous school, Westleigh High (1999 – 2004).

The Arts Council highly commended Mr Pout’s visionary Leadership and innovative curriculum for arts and culture. Since his arrival in 2004, Rainhill High School and Sixth Form Centre have benefited from the forming of many external links and the introduction of strategies that have raised the arts and cultural awareness of Rainhill Students.

Some of Mr Pout’s many innovative approaches are listed below and were key to the Arts Council’s decision to give the Executive Principal the prestigious award:

The Arts Academy – Supports the Sixth Form’s best performing, visual and media arts students and helps them gain places at the most prestigious and highly competitive Universities and Conservatoires in the country. Through workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions and performances, the Arts Academy gives students unique experiences that are the envy of other Sixth Form Colleges.

Rainhill Experience – Helps students broaden their horizons with a wide variety of cultural experiences that they will be able to draw upon after their time at Rainhill. Trips to museums, places of worship and theatres, broaden cultural experience and enrich the lives of students outside of the classroom and help to build towards a certificate of participation and award.

LIPA Associate Academy – Rainhill High School is an associate academy of Paul McCartney’s prestigious ‘Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts’ and offers professional arts training for 4-19 age groups.

Bacc for the Future and Heads for the Arts – Mr Pout was also worked on a national level to try to ensure the Arts were not marginalised in the curriculum alongside arts and business leaders as well as university experts on learning and as part of an alliance of influential head teachers around the country.

Mr Pout was presented with the award by Victoria Merriman (Arts Council England) at the North West Cultural Awards in May. The awards ceremony was held at Preston Guildhall showcased the best and brightest in cultural arts innovation, leadership and participation.

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