What is Artsmark?

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England.  

Who can apply?

All primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings in England can apply for Artsmark.

Why should my organisation apply for Artsmark?

Achieving Artsmark status demonstrates that your school or setting has a number of very special qualities. It demonstrates that you:
  • have an arts and cultural provision for all children and young people
  • are forward thinking and open to development
  • are committed to investing in your staff and young people, in effect nurturing talent
  • are committed to listening to your students and providing opportunities for your community
  • have an effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural organisations
  • value the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum
Artsmark is a nationally recognized accreditation demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision.  It is a way of celebrating and recognising your organisation’s success in these key areas.
If you book a poet or storyteller through us to work in your school, this can contribute towards your Artsmark.

Arts Award celebrates the artistic achievements of young people and can be achieved through any arts, media or cultural activity, including spoken word.
There are no entry requirements, no set rules on how to present your work and no time limit for completing each award as long as you are aged between 7 and 25 years.
Apples and Snakes is an Arts Award supporter. This means if you or a young person you know is interested in developing new creative skills and experiences, then Apples and Snakes can help you to achieve your Arts Award.