Artsmark Gold

Artsmark Gold is the highest award available from the Arts Council in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.

The aim of Artsmark is to set the standard for outstanding arts provision and activities in schools.  Alan Davey, Chief Executive of The Arts Council comments, “This Gold Award recognises Chew Valley’s passion for the arts and belief in the power of creativity. The school demonstrates an excellent commitment to providing high quality arts provision and that is embedded in all that it does." Only 3% of all schools nationally have Artsmark Gold status.

Read more about Artsmark here.


Learning to Lead Gold

Chew Valley and The Blue School in Wells were the first schools in the country to achieve the Learning to Lead Gold Award in 2012. The award recognises the school's sustained commitment to the Learning to Lead approach which sees students in our school council starting and running self-managing teams to improve the school or wider community. Read more about the school council here, and about Learning to Lead here.


Arts College Status

The school became a Specialist School in the Performing Arts in 2003. Since that time growing numbers of young people have been discovering the value of the arts in their lives. Productions are put on each term, there is an annual dance festival and concerts, cabarets and musical extravaganzas illuminate the school year. Although new specialisms are no longer being awarded, Chew Valley retains its Arts College status and, with it, the commitment that all members of the school have the opportunity to Learn to Perform.


 James Dyson Foundation Partnership

We became a partner school of the James Dyson Foundation in 2012. The Foundation is the brainchild of the renowned inventor and manufacturer behind the bagless vacuum cleaner, the bladeless fan, and the Airblade hand-dryer, and is committed to encouraging young people into careers in design engineering. The registered charity provides free resources for design and technology teachers, as well as working in universities and schools throughout the UK and internationally. It’s also behind the James Dyson Award.

The Foundation will invest in the school to ensure that our students have access to the best resources and teaching approaches, enabling teachers to take real life engineering into the classroom. 

Read more about the Dyson Foundation here.


Sport England

The school works in partnership with Sport England to provide outstanding opportunities for young people to participate in a wide range of sport through Physical Education and our broad extra-curricular programme. The partnership has helped the school develop state-of-the-art facilities including our astro-turf pitch and shared leisure centre.

Read more about Sport England here.

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School Games Mark Award

The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. It is a recognition of intra- and inter-school participation in competitive sport as well as community club links.

Read more about School Games Mark here. 


 Food for life partnership: Bronze

Chew Valley has been awarded the Food for Life Partnership Bronze award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.

The school is working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform the school’s food culture and that of its local community, by connecting the children with climate-friendly and healthy food.

As part of the Bronze award scheme, Chew Valley serves seasonal school meals, at least 75% of which are freshly prepared. The school also gives every student the opportunity to cook and participate in food growing activities during his or her time at school, and pupils and parents are involved in making improvements to the school’s menu and dining experience. 

Read more about Food for Life here