Artsmark: Time to Say YAAAAY!

Oct 8, 2018

This Artsmark Celebration Week it’s time to say congratulations to the 45 south west schools and education settings who have gained their Artsmark awards over the past year!

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for education settings accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum. It supports schools who believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. It helps unlock the potential of children and young people, develop character and talent, and increase knowledge and understanding.

At a time of concern about the results-driven narrow curriculum offer in schools and the marginalisation of many arts and creative subjects, it is hugely heartening to recognise the commitment so many south west schools have to ensuring a broad and balanced experience for their children in which arts and culture have an important place.

Between Celebration Week 2017 and Celebration Week 2018, this commitment to arts and culture has seen 20 south west schools gain the Silver Artsmark, 22 Gold and 3 the highest Platinum accolade. This brings the total south west awards to 76 in the 3 years since Artsmark’s relaunch. What’s more, over the past year 44 new settings have registered, increasing the south west Artsmark family to over 260 as more and more heads, governors and teachers recognise the value of the award in helping them shape and develop a rich curriculum for their children.

Reflecting on the achievements, Chief Executive of the Real Ideas Organisation (who deliver Artsmark in the south west) Lindsay Hall, commented, ‘As we look to the future for our children we know that increased automation will mean many once-steady jobs are replaced by machines. According to Nesta, the global innovation foundation, creative, technical and social skills will best prepare young people to be successful in this new world and, best of all, they state that Ofsted evidence has shown that arts and creative subjects are effective at teaching and developing these skills at primary and secondary levels.’

She added, ‘In recognition of the significant difference they are making to young people today and for their futures, everyone at the Real Ideas Organisation says a huge thank you to this year’s south west Artsmark awarded settings:’


Horfield CEVC Primary SchoolBristol
Ugborough Primary SchoolIvybridge
Ermington Primary SchoolIvybridge



Powell’s C of E Primary SchoolCirencester
Oldfield Park Junior SchoolBath
Widcombe CofE Junior SchoolBath
Widcombe Infant SchoolBath
Claremont SchoolBristol
Colston’s Primary School (now Cotham Gardens Primary School)Bristol
Elmfield School for Deaf ChildrenBristol
Kings’ Forest Primary SchoolBristol
Ilminster Avenue E-ACT AcademyBristol
Parson Street Primary SchoolBristol
Stoke Park Schools PrimaryBristol
High View SchoolPlymouth
St Peter’s Church of England Primary SchoolPortishead
Harnham Infant SchoolSalisbury
The Godolphin SchoolSalisbury
Uplands Community Primary SchoolStroud
Abbey Meads Community Primary SchoolSwindon
Lawn Primary SchoolSwindon
Red Oaks Primary SchoolSwindon
Milverton Community Primary SchoolTaunton
Great Torrington SchoolTorrington
Hilperton C of E Primary SchoolTrowbridge



St. Mary’s C of E Primary SchoolBideford
St Katharine’s Primary SchoolBournemouth
Four Acres AcademyBristol
Meadowbrook Primary SchoolBristol
North Road Primary SchoolBristol
Paulton Infant SchoolBristol
Saltford Primary SchoolBristol
Combe St Nicholas C of E VA Primary SchoolChard
Churchdown Village Infant SchoolGloucester
Field Court Junior SchoolGloucester
Forest & Sandridge C.E. Primary SchoolMelksham
Beechwood Primary AcademyPlymouth
Chaddlewood Primary SchoolPlymouth
St Stephens (Saltash) C P SchoolSaltash
Brimble Hill Special SchoolSwindon
Haydon Wick Primary SchoolSwindon
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary SchoolStonehouse
Coast Academies (Preston Primary School)Torquay
Westbury Infant SchoolWestbury
Westbury Leigh Primary SchoolWestbury

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