Why Artsmark is right for your school

Ovingham Middle School

Artsmark – the award for schools, has been designed by schools for schools. Artsmark protects and supports arts in education settings, helping to unlock the potential of children and young people, to develop character and talent, and increase knowledge and understanding.

Culture Bridge North East is delighted to be working in partnership with The Forge to deliver our Artsmark programme.

To register your interest visit It’s £500 to join Artsmark (or £250 for schools with fewer than 100 pupils) and that includes the Development Day induction training for two members of staff and ongoing support from The Forge and Culture Bridge North East.

Once you have registered, The Forge will be in touch with you to attend one of our free Artsmark development days.

Artsmark support

Development Days

  • 27 April 2018, 10:00-15:00 – Stanley Education Centre, County Durham
  • 21 May 2018, 10:00-15:00 - Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Impact and Evaluation Surgery with Mike Fleming, Emeritus Professor of Education, Durham University

  • 5 June 2018, 10:00-12:00 – Stanley Education Centre, County Durham

To book your place please contact The Forge by email or call 01207 284515.

10 reasons...

...why becoming part of Artsmark can help your school; Artsmark:

  1. Helps ensure all children receive high quality, inspirational, child centred experiences
  2. Aligns itself to your school development plan and strategically tackles whole school objectives
  3. Helps your school monitor and evaluate your whole school SMSC provision
  4. Helps audit current provision to identify areas for development
  5. Proactively encourages and rewards effective networking and the sharing of good practice
  6. Ensures that your school offers a rich, balanced and culturally diverse curriculum
  7. Supports successful and sustainable relationships with the creative industries
  8. Opens up new CPD opportunities for your staff
  9. Provides support for your school throughout
  10. Will help raise your school’s profile.

Ruth Robinson, Durham Sixth Form Centre explains: “When I expressed an interest in reapplying for Artsmark I was asked, ‘Is it worth it?’ And, ‘Have you got time?’ The answers are yes absolutely, and, if you don’t have time you should make it! Artsmark has re-invigorated practice, helped us to re-group and remember why it is so vital to continue to inspire young people through the arts and culture at the same time as supporting our whole school vision.”

The North East Artsmark community

The North East Artsmark community (as of April 2018) 

Artsmark awarded schools:


Bloemfontein Primary School

Etherley Lane Primary School

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary School

Lumley Junior School

North Durham Academy

Sugar Hill Primary School



The Drive Community Primary School

Furrowfield School

Lingey House Primary School



Clavering Primary School



Priory Woods School


Newcastle upon Tyne

Beech Hill Primary School

Brunton First School

English Martyrs' RC Primary School

Hotspur Primary School

Kingston Park Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Sacred Heart Catholic High School


North Tyneside

Hadrian Park Primary School

Richardson Dees Primary School

Rockcliffe First School

Shiremoor Primary School

Westmoor Primary School



Chantry Middle School

Collingwood School & Media Arts College

Cragside CofE Primary School

The Dales School

The Duchess's Community High School

Hexham First School

New Delaval Primary School

Newminster Middle School

Stobhillgate First School


South Tyneside

East Boldon Junior School



Northfield School and Sports College

St Patrick's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

Whitehouse Primary School



Benedict Biscop Church of England Academy

East Herrington Primary AcademyEast Boldon Junior School


Schools working towards their Artsmark award:



Abbey Junior School

Corporation Road Community Primary School

Harrowgate Hill Primary School

Haughton Academy

Marchbank Free School

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Reid Street Primary School



The Academy at Shotton Hall

Blackhall Primary School

Browney Primary Academy

Catchgate Primary School

Cockfield Primary School

Crook Primary School

Durham Trinity School & Sports College

Edmondsley Primary School

Esh CofE (Aided) Primary School

Finchale Primary School

Greenfield Community College

Greenland Community Primary School

Ingleton CofE Primary School

King James I Academy Bishop Auckland

Ludworth Primary School

Neville's Cross Primary School

New Seaham Academy

The Oaks Secondary School

Ouston Primary School

Ox Close Primary School

Parkside Academy

Pelton Community Primary School

St Anne's CofE Primary School

St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College

St Bede's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

St Hild's College Church of England Aided Primary School

St John's School & Sixth Form College

St Wilfrid's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

Seascape Primary School

Sedgefield Primary School

Shotton Hall Primary School

Silver Tree Primary School

South Stanley Junior School

Stephenson Way Academy and Nursery School

Thornley Primary School

Tudhoe Colliery Primary School

West Cornforth Primary School

West Pelton Primary School

West Rainton Primary School

Westlea Primary School

Woodhouse Community Primary School



Bede Community Primary School

Birtley East Community Primary School

Brighton Avenue Primary School

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School

Dunston Hill Community Primary School

Dryden School

Fell Dyke Community Primary School

Front Street Community Primary School

Heworth Grange Comprehensive School

Highfield Community Primary School

Hill Top School

Kelvin Grove Community Primary School

Larkspur Community Primary School

Portobello Primary School

Riverside Primary Academy

Ryton Community Infant School

St Aidan's Church of England Primary School

St Joseph's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Gateshead

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

Washingwell Community Primary School



Barnard Grove Primary School

Eldon Grove Academy

Eskdale Academy

Manor Community Academy

Throston Primary School



Abingdon Primary School

Corpus Christi RC Primary School

North Ormesby Primary Academy

St Augustine's RC Primary School

St Bernadette's Primary School

St Thomas More RC Primary School

Caldicotes Primary Academy

Archibald Primary School

St Edward's RC Primary School

Sacred Heart Primary School

Captain Cook Primary School

Brambles Primary Academy

Berwick Hills Primary School

Easterside Academy


Newcastle upon Tyne

Archibald First School

Benton Park Primary School

Bridgewater Primary School

Central Walker Church of England Primary School

Chillingham Road Primary School

Christ Church CofE Primary School

Cragside Primary School

Gosforth Central Middle School

Excelsior Academy

Hadrian School

Hawthorn Primary School

Heaton Manor School

Kenton School

Knop Law Primary School

Moorside Community Primary School

Newcastle Bridges School

Newcastle High School for Girls

Royal Grammar School

St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School

St Johns Primary School

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

St Vincent's RC Primary School

Simonside Primary School

Tyneview Primary School

Walkergate Community School

Welbeck Academy

West Jesmond Primary School

Westerhope Primary School


North Tyneside

Amberley Primary School

Appletree Gardens First School

Bailey Green Primary School

Beacon Hill School

Benton Dene Primary School

Benton Dene School

Burnside Business and Enterprise College

Burradon Community Primary School

Carville Primary School

Coquet Park First School

Denbigh Community Primary School

Forest Hall Primary School

Greenfields Community Primary School

John Spence Community High School

Langley First School

Marden High School

Monkhouse Primary School

Monkseaton High School

New York Primary School

Percy Main Primary School

Redesdale Primary School

Rockcliffe First School

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School

South Wellfield First School

Spring Gardens Primary School

Stephenson Memorial Primary School

Valley Gardens Middle School

Wellfield Middle School

Western Community Primary School



Allendale Primary School

Bede Academy

Bedlington West End First School

Branton Community Primary School

Broomhaugh Church of England First School

Central Primary School

Cambo First School

Cleaswell Hill School

Cramlington Village Primary School

Cramlington Shanklea Primary School

Collingwood School & Media Arts College

Glendale Community Middle School

Grange View Church of England Voluntary Controlled First School

Hareside Primary School

Haydon Bridge Community High School and Sports College

Humshaugh Church of England First School

Northumberland CofE Academy

Malvin's Close Primary Academy

Mickley First School

Morpeth First School

Ovingham Middle School

Ponteland Primary School

Prudhoe Castle First School

The Sele First School

St Cuthbert's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided First School

St Wilfrid's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

Spittal Community School

Swansfield Park Primary School

Swarland Primary School

Wooler First School


Redcar and Cleveland

Bankfields Primary School

Kilton Thorpe Specialist Academy

Nunthorpe Primary Academy

Ormesby Primary School

Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College

St Benedict's Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy


South Tyneside

Bamburgh School

Biddick Hall Junior School

Boldon School

Hadrian Primary School

Hedworth Lane Primary School

Jarrow Cross CofE Primary School

Keelman's Way School

Park View School

Ridgeway Primary Academy

St Bede's RC Voluntary Aided Primary School

St Gregory's RC Voluntary Aided Primary School

St James' RC Voluntary Aided Primary School

St Mary's RC Voluntary Aided Primary School

St Oswald's RC Voluntary Aided Primary School

SS Peter and Paul RC Voluntary Aided Primary School

Westoe Crown Primary School



Bewley Primary School

Fairfield Primary School

Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy

Oakdene Primary School

St Gregory's Catholic Academy

St Joseph's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Primary School

Thornaby Academy

The Village Primary

Whinstone Primary School

Wolviston Primary School



Academy 360

Barbara Priestman Academy

Barnes Infant Academy

Barnwell Academy

Biddick Academy

Blackfell Primary School

Diamond Hall Infant Academy

Diamond Hall Junior Academy

Farringdon Academy

Gillas Lane Primary Academy

Hetton Lyons Primary School

Highfield Community Primary School

Hill View Junior Academy

Hylton Castle Primary School

Marlborough Primary School

New Penshaw Academy

Northern Saints CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School

Oxclose Community Academy

Richard Avenue Primary School

Ryhope Infant School Academy

St Anne's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

St John Boste Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

St Joseph's Washington RC School

St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

South Hylton Primary Academy

Usworth Colliery Primary School

Washington Academy

Artsmark Celebration Week 2017

At the culmination of Artsmark Celebration Week 2017, 16 North East schools achieved their Artsmarks, and we were delighted to have worked with a number of guest bloggers to highlight the difference Artsmark has made in their schools.

First up, Tracy Hutchinson of the Dales School in Northumberland, talked about how Artsmark can be used with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Read more...

Secondly, Richardson Dees Primary School is new to Artsmark, having been awarded Silver following its first application. Teacher Emma Lynch found being involved in Artsmark a positive experience, providing evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements for Ofsted. Read more...

Next up, Ruth Brown, Head of Creative Arts Faculty at The Duchess’s Community High School (DCHS) in Northumberland, talked about how Artsmark and Arts Award can be used together, culminating in more worldly, rounded, empathic and culturally aware young people. Read more...

And finally, Clive Maddison, Headteacher at Ravenswood Primary School in Newcastle, explained how Artsmark has been a catalyst to their music programme's transformative effect for pupils, staff and parents alike. Read more...