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Brighton Aldridge Community Academy receives prestigious Artsmark Platinum Award

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy receives prestigious Artsmark Platinum Award

Pupils and staff at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Platinum 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 achieve their Artsmark Award, BACA had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and ambitious curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

BACA was supported by Artswork, the regional Bridge Organisation, in planning and developing their objectives. Artswork worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement.

The Artsmark assessor commended BACA on “significantly improv[ing] systems and processes to ensure and improve cultural capital for your young people at BACA. The inclusion of student voice has been an integral part of your hard work to facilitate rich opportunities for the students to experience and participate in the Arts, not only for their enjoyment and to raise standards, but also as a means of supporting upward social mobility…This accolade has increased pupils' self-esteem and self-confidence and raised their career aspirations. You managed to maintain a firm commitment to the Arts throughout the challenges brought about by the pandemic. You innovated ways to overcome the barriers presented by the national lockdowns so that students were successful in accessing various arts learning activities via online platforms, which allowed them to focus on developing their personal progression within the arts.”

On receiving the award, Tom Misenti, the Head of the Creative Faculty said:

We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Platinum Award. The Creative Faculty, as well as the whole BACA community, have worked tirelessly over the last few years to improve outcomes and opportunities for our students. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts, creative and cultural education and we look forward to continuing to grow with Artsmark.

Principal Jack Davies said: 

 It’s great to see the recognition of one of our high performing faculties.  All staff and students have worked so hard to ensure that the arts continue to be a priority at the academy, huge well done to all!

Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said:

I would like to congratulate Brighton Aldridge Community Academy on their Artsmark Platinum Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, ambitious, and creative curriculum, every pupil can develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.

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 diverse, high-quality cultural education.

Artsmark is open to primary, secondary, and special schools, pupil referral units, secure settings, youth offending teams, 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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