Newly Awarded Artsmark Schools Announced

We are extremely proud to have Dame Reena Keeble, who has made a significant contribution to the education sector throughout her career, as a valued member of the Artsmark Levelling Panel. We invited her to close our first ever Artsmark Celebration Week with a special announcement...

I am delighted to announce that as of today, Friday 13 October, we have awarded 181 more primary and secondary schools with their Artsmark level. There are now 3133 schools on their Artsmark journey, either having received their award, or working towards it.

It is such a privilege to be a member of the Artsmark Panel, being able to read about so many exciting things happening in our schools in relation to the arts.

Even more exciting to witness, is the impact that Artsmark is having on other areas of the curriculum in terms of raising expectations, leadership development, new collaborative partnerships and greater community engagement.

During this summer’s panel review, I have been particularly struck by how some schools have reported on the positive impact their Artsmark journeys have had on their students’ health and wellbeing, what a fantastic outcome! In one particular school, I was impressed by how the arts was successfully being used to challenge gender stereotypes.

The applications I have read so far show a maturity and honesty in terms of where the school is at and how they can improve on their own personal best. I have also noticed an increasing trend of schools working in partnerships with arts organisations resulting in more authentic and high-quality outcomes for their students.

Congratulations to all the newly awarded Artsmark settings and for your hard work, dedication and commitment to arts and cultural education. It is such a joy to discuss schools’ inspiring Artsmark journeys with other like-minded professionals and share this exciting news with the Artsmark community.

Download a list of recently levelled Artsmark schools.

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Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's so important that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Department for Culture, Media and Sport