Art & Craft Award

Presented to the educational establishment that can provide first class learning environment and modern, flexible facilities for students of art & craft.

2018 Winner
King's Ely, Cambridge

 King's Ely
The Art department at King’s Ely incorporates specialist studio areas for Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, Sculpture and Photography. Regular internal exhibitions showcase the passion of all students while external exhibitions of Fashion Design have taken place at ExCeL, Alexandra Palace and Olympia. Fine Art and Photography have been shown at the Apex Gallery and close links were forged with the local community when 200 children exhibited at Babylon Gallery.


Beech House School, Rochdale
Barnston Primary, Wirral
Chatsmore Catholic High School, Sussex
St Thomas More Catholic School, London

2017 Winner
Chatsmore Catholic High School

 Chatsmore Catholic High School

As part of last years’ national commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Boar’s head, three students from Chatsmore who visited the battlefields of Somme and Ypres shared their experiences with Arts Award students, who used this INSET to develop their own resources to cascade to primary school students during workshops.


King's Ely
Matravers School
Beddington Park Primary School
Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk
Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne

2016 Winner
University Church of England Academy Ellesmere Port

This schools stunning Armistice Day display, containing thousands of beautiful handcrafted poppies, attracted plenty of attention last November. As part of an art project in honour of the end of the First World War, students and the local community teamed up to create a sea of poppies to remember the fallen. Students at the school also sold poppies in the build up to the day for charity.

Nansen Primary School, Birmingham
Matravers, Wiltshire
Hangleton Primary School, Hove
King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire

2015 Winner
Shirley Infant School, Southampton

Achieving Artsmark status demonstrates that Shirley Infant school has a number of very special qualities. It demonstrates that the school has an excellent arts and cultural offering, a forward thinking and open to development nature, a commitment to investing in young people, and a value of the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum. Through the Award, the school was commended for its use of the arts in non-arts subjects which had a positive impact on pupil’s engagement, behaviour, attitude, self confidence and aspirations. Shirley Infant School strengthens and celebrates the arts and cultural provision excellently.

Scargill Infant School, Essex
Halewood Academy, Liverpool