Merton schools scoop top arts awards

Seven schools in Merton have been awarded Artsmark status by the National Arts Council in recognition of their commitment to the arts including art, dance, drama and music.

Bishopsford Community School, Raynes Park High School and Dundonald and Wimbledon Chase Primary Schools all achieved the Artsmark Gold status, the highest level of achievement a school can attain. Aragon Primary and St. Mark’s Academy both walked away with Silver status and Ursuline High School was awarded an Artsmark.

124 secondary schools in London currently have Artsmark status and five of these are in Merton. The assessment and moderation process for Artsmark is extremely rigorous and every application is considered by a number of experienced arts education professionals. The Artsmark is only valid for three years and schools will need to reapply to maintain their status. The application process makes the arts the focus for teachers, and demonstrates the school’s commitment to continually developing its arts provision.

Cabinet member for Childrens Services, Councillor Debbie Shears said:
“Merton Council is really pleased local schools are being recognised for their arts provision and congratulates them for gaining Artsmark status. These awards highlight that Merton schools provide a varied curriculum and quality educational opportunities which give students the chance to achieve their potential.”

Head teacher for Raynes Park High School, Ian Newman said: “I am really proud of the talent and commitment to the arts by both staff and students at Raynes Park High School and am pleased that this has been recognised.”

Notes to editors:
-For more information on the Artsmark Awards go to
– Photos of art and music classes at Raynes Park High School available on request