Artsmark GOLD

30th September 2022

September 2022


We are delighted to announce that St Michael’s CE Primary School has been awarded the prestigious Artsmark GOLD Award


Pupils and staff at St Michael’s CE Primary School are celebrating after receiving their prestigious GOLD Artsmark Award.


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


There are now over 300 North East schools registered for Artsmark and they are supported throughout their journey by Culture Bridge North East and The Forge who work together to deliver the Artsmark programme in the region. This includes providing advice, practical teaching resources and introductions to leading cultural organisations in the area.


Stephanie Pym, Area Manager, Culture Bridge North East says: “We are absolutely delighted St Michael’s CE Primary School received their GOLD Artsmark Award. It’s fantastic to see that so many school leaders are recognising the prestige and intrinsic importance of this award in supporting an arts focussed curriculum.”


In order to become an Artsmark school, St Michael’s CE Primary School had to develop their arts and culture provision to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.


Through Artsmark, St Michael’s CE Primary School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.


On receiving the award, Head Teacher Gavin Johnston said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark GOLD Award – especially during recent challenging times. We are committed to delivering a high-quality art and cultural education, with particular strengths in music. We look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark.”


Pictured below are some of our Key Stage 2 children who took part in Artsaward Discover through their whole class tuition and arts learning with Mrs Nicklen!!