Our Vision

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso

Ebor Academy Trust has been successful in its bid to open a new school in the city specialising in the creative arts: the Creative Arts Academy York.

We will be opening a different kind of school, with fresh thinking to stimulate young minds. It will be two-form entry, comprising 420 pupils when full.

We will:

  • put creative arts at the centre of the curriculum, collaborating with specialists locally, nationally and internationally
  • have an extended school day (at Key Stage 2 only)
  • have a York city-wide, inclusive admissions policy to fairly represent the wider community
  • have an integrated special needs provision.

Our music and performing arts classes will equip children with the tools to express themselves and our visual arts and technology classes will offer creative ways to explore the world.

Research shows that:

  • participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive abilities by 17%
  • learning through arts and culture can improve attainment in Maths and English
  • learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school
  • students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer
  • students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are 20% more likely to vote as young adults
  • children who take part in arts activities in the home during their early years are ahead in reading and Maths at age nine
  • people who take part in the arts are 38% more likely to report good health.

    Read the Key Research Findings in full at: www.culturallearningalliance.org.uk/evidence

Our teaching staff will be complemented by freelance subject specialists, contributing set amounts of time per week alongside running their own creative arts businesses.


Questions answered


Is this an independent, fee-paying school?

No. The Creative Arts Academy York will be funded directly by the Department for Education, exactly the same way academies are funded. Over 20 per cent of all schools in England are now academies and the government would like to see all schools become academies by 2020.

Would the school be run by the council?

No. All new schools by law have to be either free schools or academies. The Creative Arts Academy York will be run by Ebor Academy Trust.

What do you mean by ‘creative arts’?

Creative arts includes performing arts, dance, drama and music, together with the visual arts, creative writing, graphic design, photography, film-making, music production, computer coding – and other areas where ideas are communicated or otherwise brought to life. This will be at the heart of the school and balanced by academic rigour in traditional subjects such as maths, English, languages, PE and religious education.

Why is the school day different to others?

Our school day will be from 8am to 5pm for older children to allow for the extra creative arts curriculum. There will be an optional breakfast club at 7.30am and “family dining” at lunchtimes – where children and staff eat together.

Are there other ways this school would be different?

There would be a different management structure: our qualified teaching staff will need to share the same values and ethos of the school and freelance subject specialists, who may currently be running their own creative arts businesses, will have work opportunities with us. The extended school day for older children means more quality marking time for teachers and the use of technology will give flexibility to class sizes at different times of the school day.