Cultural Education in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

Cultural Education in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have a ground-breaking track record of cultural education partnership working. For many years they have supported a local cultural hub, drawn from key partners across the cultural and education sectors. The hub develops, resources and carries out a range of projects and initiatives to meet identified cultural education needs and priorities in local schools.

Work is continuing to utilise the already well recognised Cultural Education Hub hosted by WAVE and Soundstorm, as one of the central foci for further partnerships working in the area, with the Arts Development Company also taking a leading role. We have been supporting the strategic development of Wave and Soundstorm via an IP and delivering a range of level 2 training for them involving a wide range of local partners. For more details on any of these, or to connect to the local cultural education hub, please contact Dan Somogyi.

As Bridge organisation for the south west we have compiled a range of infographics drawing together data from ACE and from government to give an overview of cultural education in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. This snapshot will help anyone interested in cultural education in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have a greater understanding of the context for children and young people in this locality. The data may also help with bid writing and comparing with other localities as well as for identifying priorities in each area. We’ll be reviewing these quarterly and will update them with any new figures that are available.

Useful resources

There are some really interesting tools and data sets which are freely available – including the Arts Council’s ‘cultural education data toolkit’ – along with a range of other databases focussed on cost of interventions for children and young people, disadvantage, health and education.

You can take a look at these resources using the links below:

Cultural Education

Arts Council investment

Young people and education

Health and wellbeing


Cost of interventions

Briefings and training events

Artsmark Partnership Programme Briefing

These free briefings are for arts & cultural organisations who want to become Artsmark Partners and help registered schools and education settings access great arts and culture for their pupils.

Cultural organisations (including NPOs)

Bold organisations are Artsmark PartnersUnderlined organisations are Arts Award Supporters.

Arts by the Sea Festival Bournemouth Arts Bournemouth Borough Council Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Coda Music Trust Creative Kids Lighthouse Pavillion Dance South West
Poole Museum Soundstorm St Peter’s, Bournemouth Treehouse Theatre
WAVE Arts Education Agency


The Music Education Hub for Bournemouth is SoundStorm

For a full list of Arts Award supporters in Bournemouth, click here

For a full list of Arts Award centres in Bournemouth, click here

The Museum Development Officer in Bournemouth is Victoria de Wit

The ASCEL (public libraries) representative in Bournemouth is Shirley Kersey

Schools and Artsmark

Artsmark Registered Education Settings


Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School Hill View Primary Academy Malmesbury Park Primary Academy
Parkfield School St Katharine’s Primary School
Victoria Education Centre

Artsmark Awarded Education Settings

Oakdale Junior School The Bishop of Winchester Academy

To find details of all the schools in this Local Education Authority area please click here for Bournemouth or here for Poole.

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