First North East Multi-Academy Trust embeds creativity with Artsmark

02 March 2020

​First North East Multi-Academy Trust embeds creativity with Artsmark

The Laidlaw Schools Trust is the first Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in the North East to have all their schools registered for Artsmark.

This is a fantastic achievement for the trust as there are only nine MATs across England, which have six schools or more, with 100 per cent Artsmark engagement.

Artsmark provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum. It is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England.

With 100 per cent of the schools registering, Artsmark has been instrumental in embedding the arts into the schools’ daily lives. The schools include: Excelsior Academy, Academy 360, Atkinson Road Primary Academy, South Hilton Primary Academy, Westgate Hill Primary Academy and Thomas Walling Primary Academy.

Holly Knox, Cultural Lead at Excelsior Academy, is leading on developing Artsmark support right across the trust and is aiming to build a more joined-up approach.

William Messer, Governor at Excelsior Academy, explains: “Enthusiastic involvement in the arts, and an aspiration to provide a creative and inclusive education for all, means that by any definition The Laidlaw Schools Trust is an ambitious one.”

Culture Bridge North East works with The Forge to ensure that as many North East schools as possible sign up to Artsmark so we can continue to help unlock the potential of children and young people across our region.

Melanie Burgess, Culture Bridge North East’s Artsmark Lead, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the first MAT in the North East achieve 100 per cent Artsmark engagement. It’s fantastic to see that the trust is recognising the prestige and intrinsic importance of this award in supporting an arts-focused curriculum.”