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Project information

The Art Room in Cowley Marsh

To fund The Art Room at Oxford Spires Academy Secondary School which serves all the primary schools in the Cowley Marsh Area.

January 2012 - January 2013

Charity information: The Art Room

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  • Need


    Cowley Marsh is one of the most deprived areas for child poverty education and skills. The students have serious difficulties and are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn. Some of the students are on the Special Educational Needs register, prime carers or children in care. Our project is addressing the problems these children are facing which is proving a barrier to them making positive choices for themselves and unable to fully engage with their educational programme.


    Our programme helps vulnerable often traumatised children make better choices. We have a high pupil to practitioner ratio and use positive language of their worth and abilities. We use art as a therapeutic tool to help them explore their talents and skills. We empower the students to lead their own projects and support them to make positive decisions, which encourages a similar thought process in their daily lives. Our project encompass literacy and numeracy which supports the student.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce exclusions and truancies for the participating schools


    » Run weekly workshops which work with the young people improving their self esteem and confidence.
    » Run workshops which incorporate numeracy and literacy

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured in partnership with the participating schools and collecting statistics from the Special need Coordinator on the beneficiaries.

    Aim 2

    To improve learning, conduct and emotional well being


    » To run workshops for 50 children per week
    » To provide professional development for the staff delivering the project
    » To evaluate the service

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured using the questionnaire which we conduct before and after attendance. We also will do case studies and feedback from the participating schools.

  • Impact


    Our partner schools feedback to us on the increased confidence and aspirations of The Art Room children which lead to improved behaviour at school and reduced exclusions. This leads in turn to better qualifications at school, thus improving employment opportunities in later life. Greater confidence and improved social skills also enable these young people to make better life choices as they feel that they have wider opportunities open to them.


    Risk: The Secondary School could decide that they no longer have the space to house the Art Room. To mitigate this we keep in regular contact with the Head teacher and Governors and have regular meetings. Risk: We do not have enough funds to continue the project. To mitigate this we have applied to trusts and foundations, organised regular fundraising events and meet with the participating schools network of head teachers.


    We will invite donors to regular events where they will be able to learn and question more details about the project. We will send regular reports and results of our evaluation. We would also encourage donors to visit the project in action.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,692

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,168 Staffing One Manager, One Senior Practitioner
      £7,224 Materials and food Materials
      £5,700 Support costs Line mangement & Training of staff
      £5,600 Overheads Overhead

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Chidlren in Need £23,616 Guaranteed
    Income from Schools £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The Art Room in Cowley Marsh from Oxford Spires Academy operates in an area of significant deprivation for housing, education, skills and training. Our work in East Oxford takes place in the city’s most deprived areas. Cowley Marsh is in the top most deprived in the country for education (2.8%), skills (3.18%) and training (3.28%). Educational attainment of young people at GCSE is 15 % lower than the national average and even further behind the regional average.


    The students who attend the Art Room have serious difficulties and are disengaged from mainstream education. Some of the students are on the SEN (Special Educational Needs) register or have had an interrupted education, some have recently arrived in this country, others are prime carers within their families, or children in care. Many of the students are dealing with issues such as refusing school, self harming, teenage pregnancy, drugs or have experienced violence or

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over ten years experience with working in this field and over that time we have developed our methodology with the support from Social Workers, Psychotherapists, teachers, Doctors and artists. We have a very strong training programme and have a team of dedicated professional staff. We have rigid policies sin place which are consistently reviewed and adhered to. We have a strong financial management with robust procedures in place. We work in partnership with other organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Clare Keep

    The Manager

    Sue Clark

    Senior Practitioner

    Juli Beattie

    The Director

    Ro Turan



6 tubes of paint

I never thought I could draw such a good monkey on my chair but I have done two good ones. I am proud of what I can do here

Boy aged 14