Woodlands Academy perform choreography from ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ initiative’ © Rachel Cherry 2013
Woodlands Academy perform choreography from ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ initiative’ © Rachel Cherry 2013

Artsmark and Arts Award


The Thurrock Trailblazer application process is closely aligned to Arts Council England's Artsmark Award. If Thurrock Trailblazer schools wish to do so, contributing the registration fee, they are supported through Royal Opera House Bridge to gain an Artsmark levelling, allowing the schools' achievements to be recognised by Arts Council England, the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Signing up for Artsmark demonstrates that a school has a strong commitment to the arts in its curriculum and strives for excellence in its arts teaching and opportunities for students, making the arts come alive. During the 2018/19 academic year, 21 schools have followed the Artsmark journey by taking part in Trailblazer, of which 14 have been levelled so far. Two have been awarded Artsmark Platinum, five have been awarded Artsmark Gold and seven have been awarded Artsmark Silver.

Arts Award

Arts Award offers a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory award.

Thurrock Trailblazer and Royal Opera House Bridge can signpost local training opportunities for Thurrock schools. Thurrock Trailblazer students have completed a wide range of Arts Award projects since 2014; themes have included Outer Space, Photography, World War II and The Nutcracker.