What is Artsmark?

Developed by Arts Council England, Artsmark is a national award that recognises schools’ achievements in the arts and the quality of its creative and cultural provision. It is awarded at three levels – Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Artsmark offers a rigorous process and high quality resources to support ambitious school improvement. An artsmark award provides strong evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements.

As of September 2017, 3082 schools in England are on their Artsmark journey

If you would like to find out more about arts organisations in the region that may be interested in working with your school as part of your Artsmark journey, you can find the information here.

Why should my school apply for Artsmark?

Artsmark participation has many benefits for schools. The scheme was designed with schools to ensure it would work for them. Participation benefits include:

  • Enrichment, development and strengthening of a school’s arts and culture provision
  • Recognition for your school’s achievements in arts and culture
  • The production of evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements for Ofsted
  • Students and pupils can build their confidence, resilience and drive through participation. Arts and culture can unlock potential in helping children and young people to develop character, talent, knowledge and understanding

Watch the film below to find out more about Artsmark and hear what teachers from Artsmark-awarded schools in the West Midlands have to say about their experience.

Why Artsmark?

How does Artsmark work?

Firstly, you should visit www.artsmark.org.uk  to find out more about Artsmark and how your school can benefit.

If you decide to apply for Artsmark, you can expect to go through these steps:

  1. Register your school at www.artsmark.org.uk
  2. Attend a development day
  3. Submit a Statement of Commitment outlining your school’s focus for improvement
  4. Develop your arts provision
  5. When ready, submit a Case Study outlining the quality and impact of arts provision in your school
  6. Be awarded with Artsmark at Silver, Gold or Platinum level

Who can apply and how much does it cost?

Artsmark is open to all primary, secondary, independent and special schools in England, as well as pupil referral units. It is not currently open to schools outside of England (unless they are BFPO schools) or early year settings unless they are attached to a school with Key Stage 1 pupils.

The basic package fee is £500. Find out more here.

If you are thinking about signing your West Midlands-based school up for Artsmark, please contact Arts Connect’s Artsmark specialist, Helen Frost, for a friendly chat and advice or support around your application. Email Helen or call her on 0121 446 3204.

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We have produced answers to some frequently asked questions about Artsmark. You can also read our Artsmark leaflet here.
You can read more about our work regarding the Artsmark award here or, if you are interested in finding out more about the Artsmark award email Helen Frost or visit their website.
Visit the Artsmark website