What teachers are saying about Artsmark

Artsmark is a powerful tool for schools, hear from teachers who have used it to support their work.

Oak Field School and Sports College

"So many teachers are creative beings and there are often so many fixed things in teaching. It’s really important to remember that we can ignite learning in the classroom by bringing together different people’s skills."

Oak Field School and Sports College is an outstanding school for pupils aged 3-19 with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties is committed to the advancement of inclusive education for all its pupils.

Creating opportunities for support staff within arts CPD has brought about attitude shifts in how they value the arts and, in turn, their willingness to bring it into the classroom and enrichment.

Tangible results included several individuals being involved in the after school dance clubs and additional workshops such as one led by the Matthew Bourne Company, when they performed on stage with students.

Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School


“Achieving Artsmark is a celebration for the whole school”

Artsmark has generated whole school and parental buy-in to the arts and creativity by bringing about a commitment to planning, acting and reflecting on the differences the experiences have on children through a formal structure. This co-ownership has brought about a deeper understanding of the value of arts and culture, and they are becoming more embedded in all aspects of school life each day.

The curriculum is now described as “arts rich” and staff recognise and value their own talents, leading to a greater confidence in their ability to bring them into the curriculum and achieve the learning and development outcomes they hope. Seeing the impact arts experiences have had on children has brought about an enthusiasm for the arts from staff and parents that has cascaded to learning both in and out of curriculum time.

St John’s C of E, Ripley

“Our engagement with Arts Award and Artsmark has not only motivated and inspired our staff but has engaged other schools and arts partners in the work that we do. The sense of ‘giving children a chance’ to have their voices heard or indeed to find their voice has resonated with everyone whom we have engaged with on our journey”

St John’s C of E Primary School is situated in Ripley, Derbyshire and have a high proportion (25%) of children identified as disadvantaged (social and emotional needs, behavioural difficulties or early mental health and well-being concerns). The school registered with Artsmark Award in 2016 achieved Platinum award in 2018.

A key focus of their Artsmark journey was to use the Arts as a platform to reach out to and engage their most vulnerable children, and the school have used Arts Award as a key intervention to support this.