The STAR Project

I had to write and say an enormous thank you for my child's involvement in STAR project. Seeing beaming face telling me what has done each week was just fabulous. I truly mean it when I say STAR has been a blessing for my child and for our whole family.

Parent of Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from STAR

I've done more work in an hour at Watts Gallery than I do in a day at school.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from STAR

The STAR project is part of the Waverly Federation, an Alternative Learning Provision in Surrey for secondary school students who benefit from alternative support, which provides participants with the opportunity to achieve Bronze Arts Awards. The STAR project serves Broadwater, Glebelands, Rodborough and Woolmer Hill Schools. Pupils spend one day a week for six weeks at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, working with an artist and our Learning Team. Taking inspiration from the collection at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, young people are supported to achieve a Bronze Arts Award.


This year's highlights:

• 14 STAR participants achieved their Trinity College London Bronze Arts Award.

• Designing and screen printing a collection of colourful tea towels for the Limner Collection, inspired by the patterns found across Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.



I have enjoyed the STAR course at Watts Gallery, I don't learn much at school because I struggle to pay attention. I like art, I feel different here, I feel my drawings are better and I feel more confident.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from the STAR Project


It's incredibly rewarding to work on the STAR project, seeing the raised self-esteem of the participants who often perceive themselves as low achievers is fabulous.

Art for All Artist and Tutor

The Art for All community project has been a lifeline for the STAR students who have engaged with it this year. Their day at Watts soon becomes their favourite day of the week and they are always sad to finish the course. The Bronze Award gives them a unique opportunity to achieve success and recognition for their work and helps cement a love of art which they will carry with them forever. The impact of this increased self-esteem back at school is extraordinary

George Knight, Director, Waverly Federation.





Attending STAR at Watts Gallery has helped with my confidence because it is involves being around people and learning to get on with people I do not know. It is easier when you are busy doing something you enjoy.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from the STAR Project

During the course I learned how to use other art mediums and ways to make art. It has challenged me to do other skills that I wouldn't have had the chance to try. It has built my confidence and I have got good results.

Art for All Community Learning Programme participant from the STAR Project