Bring learning to life through arts and culture

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England, designed by schools, for schools, to align with School Improvement Plans and support core EBACC and STEM priorities, giving the curriculum breadth and balance.

As well as recognising schools that are making the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision, whatever the starting point.

The Artsmark programme has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to each school. It provides schools with access to enviable networks of leading cultural organisations that will enable them to use the arts to engage and develop happy, self-expressed and confident young people and inspire teachers.

Artsmark also supports Arts Award which recognises the creative development of individual young people.

Any school can apply. Our area already has 20% of schools signed up to Artsmark and this continues to grow.

To discuss your schools’ Artsmark journey please contact one of our Education Managers by email here or call us on 01603 878285.


How to apply

  1. Register your school on the Artsmark website
  2. Attend a Development Day in your region
  3. Submit your Statement of Commitment
  4. Deliver- you will have two years to deliver your activity
  5. Submit an evaluative Case Study
  6. Level- once your Case Study is reviewed, Artsmark will determine your level: Silver, Gold or Platinum
  7. Celebrate! Festival Bridge hosts annual celebration events

Visit the Artsmark website

Download the Artsmark Booklet

Cultural Education Map

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