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Art & Craft Award

Presented to the educational establishment that can provide first class learning environment and modern, flexible facilities for students of art & craft.

2021 Winner
St. Mary’s School, Cambridge

From age 3 to 18, St Mary’s School, Cambridge offers an exceptional environment for the teaching of Art & Crafts. Junior School students now have an opportunity to explore different techniques and materials in a specialist Art space, guided and inspired by the school’s Artist in Residence. Senior School and Sixth Form students benefit from specialist teaching in Studio 47, the schools Art and Photography Centre.

Lexden Springs Residential Special School, Essex
Weavers Academy, Northamptonshire 
St John’s Catholic Primary School, Kent

2020 Winner
West Hill Primary School, Devon

In September 2019, West Hill Primary School was awarded its third Artsmark Gold, and through its activities the school has developed strong relationships with the local community. Links with Exeter Area Arts presented the opportunity for West Hill to work with a master’s student from the University of Exeter. The focus topic of ‘holistic art education’ and how it is perceived by teachers gave rise to lengthy interview sessions and explored the importance of the Arts within the curriculum and how it supports children’s personal confidence, mental health and well-being as well as the potential to unlock creativity, talents, depths and excellence. The school aims to continue to develop its arts provision and extend the effects and influence further through activities, experiences and CPD that benefit both pupils and teachers in tangible ways.


Holy Cross Primary School, East Sussex
Ripple Primary School, Essex

2019 Winner

Queen’s Park Primary and Westminster CU, London

2019 Art & Craft Award Winner: Queen’s Park Primary and Westminster CU, London

Queens Park Primary School serves as a local educational and community hub for extracurricular opportunity in the arts. In the last 12 months, the school has provided 500 students with the equivalent of four and a half years of free extracurricular experience. Partnership work promotes well being through art engagement, with 25 per cent of students attending from the wider community; creating sculpture and art with partner organisations such as the Royal Society of Sculptors, the Tate, Dream Arts and Paddington Arts. During this time, the school facilitated workshops for students in the public spaces of the Tate Britain and offer this as a continual provision upon request. The school has also worked closely with Paddington Central to develop engagement in their community art programmes.


Marlfields Primary Academy, Cheshire
Marlfields strives to grow creative minds through enriched activities. Children benefit from having members of staff who are highly trained in the arts and dedicated to ensuring children experience a wide range of activities. The school environment reflects a creative approach with a dedicated art room, studio room and music room along with colourful corridors painted by staff and children to reflect scenes from books. A hand-painted ‘quiet-room’ features colourful mosaic both inside and displays the children’s art work. Activities include large scale artworks and sculptures, environmental art projects (including wood and metal sculpture with local artists) as well as individual art work displayed both in the school and in the community.

St John’s Primary School, London
St John’s Primary School is a 2-form entry primary school in West Ealing with a rich, 150-year history. In January last year, pupils and staff moved into a state-of-the-art, new building as part of the wider regeneration of the West Ealing Area. To celebrate the move, the school commissioned filmmakers Wind & Foster and the Olympics 2012 choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles to create a dance film which aims to capture the joy and vivacity of its pupils in the new school space. Pupils worked with the choreographer over several weeks to learn dance moves, with staff joining in, expressing themselves fully with happiness and freedom. The resulting film can be found on the school website landing page and casts a positive image of the children and staff in their new building.

2018 Winner

King's Ely, Cambridge

The Art department at King’s Ely incorporates specialist studio areas for Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, Sculpture and Photography. Regular internal exhibitions showcase the passion of all students while external exhibitions of Fashion Design have taken place at ExCeL, Alexandra Palace and Olympia. Fine Art and Photography have been shown at the Apex Gallery and close links were forged with the local community when 200 children exhibited at Babylon Gallery.


Beech House School, Rochdale
Barnston Primary, Wirral
Chatsmore Catholic High School, Sussex
St Thomas More Catholic School, London

2017 Winner

Chatsmore Catholic High School

As part of last years’ national commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Boar’s head, three students from Chatsmore who visited the battlefields of Somme and Ypres shared their experiences with Arts Award students, who used this INSET to develop their own resources to cascade to primary school students during workshops.


King's Ely
Matravers School, Wiltshire
Teddington Park Primary School
Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk

Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne

2016 Winner

University Church of England Academy Ellesmere Port>/h4>

This schools stunning Armistice Day display, containing thousands of beautiful handcrafted poppies, attracted plenty of attention last November. As part of an art project in honour of the end of the First World War, students and the local community teamed up to create a sea of poppies to remember the fallen. Students at the school also sold poppies in the build up to the day for charity.


Nansen Primary School, Birmingham
Matravers, Wiltshire

angleton Primary School, Hove
King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire

2015 Winner

Shirley Infant School, Southampton

Achieving Artsmark status demonstrates that Shirley Infant school has a number of very special qualities. It demonstrates that the school has an excellent arts and cultural offering, a forward thinking and open to development nature, a commitment to investing in young people, and a value of the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum. Through the Award, the school was commended for its use of the arts in non-arts subjects which had a positive impact on pupil’s engagement, behaviour, attitude, self confidence and aspirations. Shirley Infant School strengthens and celebrates the arts and cultural provision excellently.


Scargill Infant School, Essex
Halewood Academy, Liverpool