Our mission is to follow a creative approach to learning that gives children the chance to develop within an exciting and stimulating creative context. We believe art and culture to be a fundamental, universal right and are committed to an innovative approach to education.







arts award

Arts Award inspires young people to develop their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible. Find out more about Cantrell Primary’s Arts Award offer.

At Cantrell, we understand that young people are highly reliant on opportunity. Our Arts Award programme brings them into contact with art culture and the creative industries. We see Arts Award as being an important vehicle in promoting confidence, leadership and artistic ability. Our mission is to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and to achieve a national qualification. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment.

You can find out more on the Arts Award website and on this short video presentation.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England and the East Midlands Bridge organisation: The Mighty Creatives 

We offer 3 levels of Arts Award to our children each year.

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cantrell carnival

Our annual carnival event takes place each summer and is one of the highlights of Bulwell Arts Week. We are proud to celebrate our city and embrace diversity. This year’s carnival was even bigger and brighter than last year.

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Arts Mark Gold Final

Artsmark challenges teachers and subject leaders to deliver the curriculum content in an exciting and relevant way

Artsmark website

Cantrell's Statement of Commitment and Case Study have been reviewed by our assessment panel and we are delighted to inform you that Cantrell Primary and Nursery School has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations!

The panel has made the following comment about your submissions:

The panel was impressed by Cantrell's commitment to the arts and commends the ethos of 'taking a risk' to 'be involved in the shaping of a generation of British artists'. It is unusual for a primary school to have an arts policy, and to carry it through with a wide range of practitioners in school, out of classroom experiences of national significance and supported by Arts Award. There is whole school arts planning, and demonstrable effects on pupil outcomes.


The Cantrell Creatives are a flexible leadership group for the arts. We strongly believe in the wealth of talent possessed by the Cantrell staff and aim to continually challenge one another to develop exciting and innovative ways to engage children and celebrate creativity.

Children at Cantrell are offered the chance to engage in a wide range of clubs. Whether it’s knitting, playing varied sports or singing in the choir, Cantrell provides opportunities for your child to shine. Read more about the clubs on offer at Cantrell soon.

Our school is ideally situated on the local transport network and we aim to make use of it whenever we can to visit Nottingham’s wealth of cultural centres. Read more about local galleries and their schools and families offer soon.