KIRKLEES schools have received awards for their commitment to the arts.
Sixteen schools in the area have been given the Artsmark status by the Arts Council England in recognition of their arts provision.
The schools were among 115 from the Yorkshire region to be presented at an awards ceremony at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this week.
The three-level award - valid for three years - grades schools as Artsmark, Artsmark Silver and Artsmark Gold.
Shepley First School, Newsome Junior School, Mount Pleasant Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Fairfield School and Holme Junior and Infant School were among those to receive the highest gold award.
Jenny Lewis, headteacher at Holme Junior and Infant School, Holmfirth, said: "Holme School has moved from a Silver Artsmark to a Gold and once again we have benefited from a thorough audit of our arts provision, focusing our minds for future planning.
"The Arts put the zing back into what could easily become a dry academic emphasis on literacy and numeracy work.
"Children blossom when learning is a pleasure."
Stephanie Simm, education and learning officer at Arts Council England, Yorkshire, said: "All young people should have the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts.
"The schools receiving the Artsmark award have a strong commitment to providing young people with a wide range of arts activities that we believe all schools should strive for.
"Our congratulations go to all those Yorkshire schools successful in this round and we look forward to seeing even more schools involved next year."