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What is Artsmark?

Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award will help schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way for schools to demonstrate their provision.

It is open to all school settings – primary, secondary, independent, special and pupil referral units – and helps them to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate how they are making arts and culture a part of their school.

Artsmark becomes a journey for the whole school and all stakeholders within the school community.

How does Artsmark work?


Schools are able to register to the Artsmark award Schools will be invoiced for the relevant fee amount to join Artsmark upon submission of their registration (£500 standard rate and £250 for schools with 100 or fewer students)


Schools must undertake a Self-Assessment exercise using the Artsmark Self-Assessment tool. This will give a school a general sense of its 'start point' in terms of arts capacity and quality of provision.


Two members of staff including a member of the school's SLT attend a Development Day which is run by their local Bridge organisation. At this event they begin high level planning for the arts in their school by drafting an Artsmark Statement of Commitment (SoC).


Back at school the Statement of Commitment is finalised and signed off by the headteacher and chair of governors. The Statement of Commitment will be the key arts planning document and will tie arts provision to overarching aims in the School's strategy – as evidenced in School Improvement or Development plans.


Artsmark Schools will be able to access additional support and networking opportunities throughout their Artsmark journey between the submission of their Statement of Commitment and completion of their Case Study. (See below)


Finally, schools will write up their learning using a template designed to capture their Artsmark Case Study. This will be informed by consideration of the Quality principles and the use of compelling evidence – increased participation, increased attainment, improved well-being, whatever the original drivers were, as stated in the SoC/School Improvement Plan.


Arts Council England will reflect on the Case Study evaluative report against the original Statement of Commitment to assess distance travelled and will award a 'level' of Artsmark award which the school can hold for two years before reapplying.

How Royal Opera House Bridge supports Artsmark?

Briefing events: For schools

We host frequent twilight briefing sessions across the Bridge region for schools. These usually take place in a local school. Schools are able to hear about Artsmark, ask questions and understand how Artsmark can support their school development.

No events currently scheduled. If you would like to know more about being involved with Artsmark, email


Briefing events: For cultural organizations

We also host briefing sessions for cultural organizations who are seeking to align their offer for Children and Young People to Artsmark. These briefings are a good opportunity to explore how Artsmark is used within a school context.

No events currently scheduled. If you would like to know more about being involved with Artsmark as a cultural organization email


Development Days

Schools that register for Artsmark are required to attend a CPD Development Day, exploring the wider purpose of Artsmark  and, in particular, the Statement of Commitment. These take place in cultural venues across the region and include an 'inspirational' segment where schools will be able to explore the venue that they are visiting.

Each school must send TWO teachers, including a member of the SLT or the head teacher. By the end of the day you will have a much clearer idea of how Artsmark works and have made a strong start in writing your Statement of Commitment.

The Higgins, Bedford 14 Nov, 1030-1500 Eventbrite - Artsmark Development Day - The Higgins, Bedford
Chelmsford Museum 14 Dec, 1030-1500 Eventbrite - Artsmark Development Day - Chelmsford Museum, Chelmsford


Regional Support Workshops

Royal Opera House Bridge operates a scheme of regional support workshops that aim to support schools at specific points of their Artsmark journey. The regional support workshops are organised to support local needs. They include - but are not limited to:


Statement of Commitment Workshop

Small group support for schools  writing their Statement of Commitment. Peer to peer and consultant support is offered to help schools shape their statement.

No events currently scheduled. If you would like to know more about being involved with Artsmark, email

Case Study

Small group support for schools who are writing their Case Study and need help in evidencing impact.

No events currently scheduled. If you would like to know more about being involved with Artsmark, email

Virtual Surgery

We organize telephone or Skype half-hour slots to discuss any aspects of your Artsmark journey.

Virtual Surgery (Telephone/Skype) 29 Nov, 0900-1630 Eventbrite - Artsmark Virtual Surgery


How the Royal Opera House can support Artsmark?

The Royal Opera House Learning and Participation team provide a range of programmes that schools can take part in. Each will be able to support a school on an Artsmark journey as it will help them to evidence exposure to structures, high quality arts experiences for children and young people. National Nutcracker, a flagship primary school ballet programme, is available for schools in Essex, Medway, Swale and Thurrock.


General Enquiries:

Telephone: 01708 891200

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