Creative Connections Herefordshire is here to connect local schools to local, regional and national opportunities.

Our partnerships with schools help enrich the curriculum and learning opportunities together with new and innovative approaches to learning through arts engagement.

Key areas of support

• To support school improvement plans by brokering collaborations
• to identify cross-curricula activities through arts, heritage and culture
• To support student-led projects
• To secure new funding opportunities from regional and national projects
• To support schools undertaking Artsmark
• Opportunities including CPD, success stories, news and events through regular updates
• Creating new and inspiring opportunities for young people through Arts Award
• An searchable online directory (one-stop-shop) of arts, heritage and cultural organisations working in Herefordshire


What is Artsmark?

Developed by Arts Council England, Artsmark is a national award that recognises schools’ achievements in the arts and the quality of its creative and cultural provision. It is awarded at three levels – Silver, Gold and Platinum. Artsmark offers a rigorous process and high quality resources to support ambitious school improvement. An artsmark award provides strong evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements. 3082 schools in England are on their Artsmark journey.

In Herefordshire, 9 of our schools have signed-up to Artsmark:

Barrs Court School
Eardisley CofE Primary School
Hereford Sixth Form College
Kington Primary School
Ledbury Primary School
Lord Scudamore Primary Academy
Madley Primary School
Marlbrook Primary School
Mordiford CofE Primary School

Find out more by contacting Arts Connect who are based in Birmingham.  They can support schools through training and awareness days as well lots of further advice – read more  by clicking here

Click on the film link below to find out how Artsmark is supporting schools in the West Midlands.

If you would like to find out more about arts organisations in the region that may be interested in working with your school as part of your Artsmark journey please contact us at

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a range of unique  qualifications that support anyone up to 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.

Through progressing through the five levels, young people get to:

• experience arts events
• develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life
• explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world
• gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment

There are no entry requirements, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work.  Levels start at Discover,  that can be achieved in a day, progressing through to Explore, Bronze, Silver and finishing at Arts Award Gold (Level 3 certificate in the Arts).

To find out all you need to know visit the Arts Award website or visit Arts Connect


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