Artsmark Gold

At its core, the development and promotion of the Arts is central to the shared belief of raising achievement through curriculum and extra curricular creativity , enrichment , cultural opportunity and engagement for all through inspirational cultural, artistic and performance experiences regardless of starting point, gender, socio-economic circumstance or location.

The commitment to the shared ethos of the Creative Arts Faculty and Performing Arts provision is held within our Artsmark Gold status and ongoing journey to Artsmark Platinum.

Our work is based on the belief that the artist is in everyone and aims to:

  • Develop young people and adults as imaginative, creative beings with a lifelong interest in the arts;
  • Develop skills and confidence in using the languages of the arts to communicate ideas about, and understanding of, their world;
  • Develop skills for life and living including citizenship, culture, creative and heritage awareness; develop awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural diversity of the Arts, Culture and Heritage within the Local and National communities.
  • To develop mindfulness and well being in young people and adults that develops and helps sustain strong resilience and mental well being.
  • In pursuance of these aims we provide all young people with opportunities to:

  • Have experience of, and develop skills in, a range of art forms including Fine Art, Art Textiles, Photography, Music, Drama , Performing Arts and Creative Writing;
  • Develop skills in a range of media;
  • Be Cultural ambassadors for the school and wider community
  • Develop the skills of collaborative endeavour to include community work and personal Leadership through Arts Award Explore – Gold.
  • Develop the confidence to share their work with others and to celebrate their achievements.
  • Resources & Help

    For further information about Artmark and Artsmark Gold status, please go to The Arts Council website

    or contact Mrs Ruth Brown Head of Creative Arts Faculty to find about more about Artmark Gold at DCHS.


    Mrs Ruth Brown