Carlton Bolling is aiming for the prestigious Artsmark Award

Pupils and staff at Carlton Bolling School have embarked on an exciting journey to gain the prestigious Artsmark Award, in a momentous year for the programme as it celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools. The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum. Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.

In order to become an awarded Artsmark school, Carlton Bolling is developing their arts and cultural provision to ensure they have a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum for its pupils. They will achieve this by creating an overall plan demonstrating their commitment to cultural education that will be delivered across the whole school.

Through Artsmark, Carlton Bolling will embed arts, culture and creativity to support its pupils’ learning, health and wellbeing, helping them to build resilience, confidence and character. By joining the Artsmark community, Carlton Bolling will gain access to resources and networking opportunities with diverse cultural organisations and creative practitioners to inspire and strengthen their development plans.

On striving for their Artsmark award, Carlton Bolling’s vision is “To raise the profile of the Arts (in line with the SIP) to ensure every young person has access to high quality Arts teaching and experiences. Furthermore, to embed the Arts into the culture and ethos of Carlton Bolling School and the local and wider community.”

Follow our Artsmark journey by clicking the links below. Keep an eye out as more projects will be added regularly as we progress through our journey.

About Artsmark Award

This year, the Artsmark Award celebrates its 20th anniversary as the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings. It can help unlock young people’s potential, building their confidence, character and resilience.

Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework can be used to embed creativity across the whole curriculum, address school improvement priorities and ensure every young person can access a high-quality, diverse cultural education.

Artsmark is open to primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams, secure settings, hospital schools and sixth form colleges. Artsmark is awarded at three levels; Silver, Gold and Platinum.

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About Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented £1.96 billion Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at

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