Barnet & Culture for Youth

Barnet & Culture for Youth

Working with our founding partners, steering group, and members, artsdepot is developing partnerships between arts organisations, schools and youth services with the aim of providing a rich, cultural education for every children and young person in the borough.

Barnet & Culture for Youth was formerly Barnet Cultural Education Partnership. 

For more information about Barnet & Culture for Youth, watch the Launch Event video in the tab above. 

Become a member of Barnet & Culture for Youth

artsdepot invites you to become a member of Barnet & Culture for Youth (free of charge). The partnership is for schools and any organisations, individuals or artists working with young people in Barnet. 

Members will receive information about opportunities from other members, be able to apply for access funding and join our working groups. artsdepot is offering schools support with Artsmark and connections with arts organisations. Similarly, we are offering arts organisations the opportunity to develop partnerships and relationships with schools. Barnet & Culture for Youth run two annual events a year for members to connect as well as CPD workshops throughout the year. 

To become a member of Barnet & Culture for Youth, complete this registration form.

Access Fund

Barnet & Culture for Youth Members can apply for small grants of up to £500 supporting young people’s access to cultural education opportunities.

This Barnet & Culture for Youth Access Fund is £5,000 annually and managed by artsdepot. The aim of the funding is to support the development of partnerships and collaborations between schools or youth organisations and arts organisations. 

Applications are particularly encouraged from those working in the priority areas of excluded children, those with special educational needs, faith schools and home educated children. To see examples of successful applications, visit the tab above named Successful Grant Recipients. 

To apply, complete this short form. Applications are rolling.

Working Groups

As part of Barnet & Culture for Youth, three working groups are being established: Cultural Heritage, Health and Wellbeing and Performing Arts in Education. At our launch event, we introduced the three groups and conversations began around these themes. At our next event, there will be an opportunity to help shape and join these groups. If you are interested in leading or participating in one of these groups please contact Francesca on 

Youth Panel

The Barnet & Culture for Youth youth panel meet once a month and are aged between 14-21. The group represent the voice of young people in Barnet and creatively input into developing Barnet & Culture for Youth through involvement in its meetings and events. They are currently working on the development of the name and logo for the partnership with creative design organisation Sisterhood.  
If you are interested or know a young person who is, please complete this form  

Alternatively, for more information please get in touch with Francesca via

Visit us on Twitter (@barnetcep). 

Steering Group:

Susy Stone - Chair 
Susy has recently retired as Headteacher of Akiva School, Finchley, a progressive Jewish 2-form entry voluntary aided primary school – which she led since 2008. In April 2019, Susy won the Lifetime Achievement Award London Borough of Barnet. 

Barnet Education Arts Trust 
BEAT has bands and groups for classical, jazz and rock musicians aged 3 and over. They also run choirs. They stage regular concerts and organise a seven night festival at artsdepot for all Barnet Schools. 

Barnet Libraries 
Barnet Libraries run a number of creative services for children and young people including their summer reading challenge. 

Barnet's Schools Improvement Service 
Barnet's Schools Improvement Service offers specialist support to all of Barnet's schools and educators, including those choosing to home educate. The service facilitates networks and training, supports schools identified as being in need of development, provides targeted support programmes aiming to improve mental health, and also supports the borough's special educational needs schools and pupil referral units. 

The Compton School
The Compton is an academy school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 and the school years range from year 7 to year 13. They are an outstanding School and a National Teaching School. They have achieved Artsmark Gold Award.  

The Hyde School 
The Hyde School is a local primary school. They have achieved an Outstanding Ofsted as well as Artsmark Platinum Award. 

London Borough of Barnet
From LBB, we have David Longstaff (Deputy Leader & Chairman - Children, Education & Safeguarding Committee), Reuben Thompstone (Councillor, Chairman - Community Leadership & Libraries Committee) and Will Cooper (Deputy Head of Strategy-Strategy and Engagement). 

Mapledown School
Mapledown is a community special school for pupils aged between 11 - 19. They have achieved Artsmark Gold Award.  

Middlesex University
Middlesex University offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries has departments including media, performing arts, design and visual arts.  

The Pavilion School 
The Pavilion is an alternative education provision in Barnet who cater for young people aged 4 - 16 who are not in mainstream education. The Pavilion offers a personalised curriculum for every young person to ensure they are on a personalised pathway to a positive future. 

The RAF Museum 
The RAF Museum London uses the stories of its people and our collections in order to engage, inspire and encourage learning. The Learning Programme at the London Museum attracted learners with History and Arts based provision sitting alongside STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshops and activities.

Young Barnet Foundation
Young Barnet Foundation brings charities and organisations together to support and build capacity in the CYP voluntary sector across Barnet. Their vision is for young people to grow up healthy, safe and happy with the best opportunities to secure brighter futures. 

Unitas Youth Zone
Barnet Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Unitas’, is an independent charity and is a purpose-built facility for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.



AccessHE, Afri-Co-Lab, Akiva School, Alma Primary School, Angie A's Keep Calm & Sing Group, Archer Academy, ART AGAINST KNIVES, Barnet Homes, Bell Lane Primary SchoolBig Time Academy, The British MuseumChickenshed, Colloquial Collective Films LtdComedy Club 4 KidsConnect - The Network for Global Learning in SchoolsCoppetts Wood Primary SchoolCopthall SchoolDancing by Design (DBD)Edgware & Hendon Reform SynagogueFinchley Catholic High School, The Flying Seagull ProjectFresh Arts EducationFriern Barnet School, Genesis Stories, Hasmonean Primary School, Holly Park Primary SchoolHighgate SchoolicandanceInstitute of ImaginationIsraeli Dance InstituteJan CullenJCoSSJ Vox Vocal Academy, LBB- Schools Libraries Resources Service, LBB - Voice of the Child Coordinator, LBB- 0 - 19 Early Help services, Moss Hall Nursery School, Nell Hardy Productions, New Horizons Theatre Company, Noam Primary School, North London Music TherapyOakleigh SchoolPapatango, The Paper BirdsPop Up Projects CIC, RCCT CICRoyal Academy of DanceSacred Heart Primary SchoolSet The FlowSplatsThe Southover Partnership SchoolSt Paul's C of E Primary School, Step Change Studios, Tender Education and ArtsTiger Monkey UK LtdVoiceboxWoodhouse College, Youth Realities

The Compton
The Compton School is a non-selective mixed comprehensive secondary school and sixth form in Barnet. They have had three successive 'outstanding' OFSTED reports which is reflected in the exceptional progress that their students make at exam level. They have also successfully gained Gold Artsmark status.  

The Compton will use B&CY funding to support students' access to cultural education opportunities and support their reapplication to Artsmark, working towards Platinum status. This opportunity will help enhance their students' (including 14.1% SEND students and 30% students eligible for pupil premium) knowledge of arts and culture, as some would not have this opportunity through their home lives.  

Fresh Arts Education
Fresh Arts provides arts education for children of all ages. They are committed to widening participation in the arts and believe every child should have the opportunity to participate in the arts.  
Fresh Arts Education will use B&CY funding to pilot a creative wellbeing project in a Barnet School with disadvantaged young people. Working with 5 class groups, they will deliver creativity and wellbeing workshops. They will be using the evaluation from this pilot as part of our evidence for longer term funding for this arts and wellbeing project for schools in Barnet and surrounding areas. 

The Archer Academy
One of The Archer Academy’s core focusses is to enable all students to thrive in their creative learning and have equal opportunities and access to the arts. As a school, they recognise the importance of the arts being promoted and supported within the school structure.  
The Archer Academy will be using their B&CY funding towards gaining an Artsmark accreditation for the department and to enable them to further expand the school’s arts provision. The funding will enable them to widen the range of extracurricular activities with a specific focus on pupil premium. 

The Pavilion 
The Pavilion is the main Alternative Provision for Barnet, and offers a range of educational programmes and services for young people unable to attend mainstream schools for a variety of reasons including social, emotional, behavioural and medical difficulties. 
The B&CY funding will go towards a keyboard, karaoke machine and dance workshops for pupils. The Pavilion believe that the arts are an essential outlet for develop their pupil’s self-expression, potential and confidence. Many of their pupils have a passion for music and dance but are unable to access opportunities outside of The Pavilion.  

Voicebox CIC
Voicebox is a new company who are eager to develop connections and relationships that broaden their engagement with Barnet’s schools. They deliver drama-based PSHE workshops exploring the question of what it means to be a man today. 

Voicebox will be using their B&CY grant to subsidise workshop costs and offer their programme free of charge for ten workshops with primary and secondary schools in Barnet. The aim of this project is to develop their profile in Barnet and make schools aware of the benefits of Voicebox’s work. 

The Israeli Dance Institute 
The Israeli Dance Institute is an educational charity. Using the tool of Israeli dance, they promote Jewish self-esteem, inter-faith understanding and community cohesion, through teacher training, performance and recreational classes. 

The B&CY fund will support the launch of a special programme for primary school children around the theme of Jewish Festivals. The aim of the programme is to provide teachers in both faith and mainstream schools with the tools to use dance around Jewish Festival themes to enhance children's learning and understanding. The funding will support mainstream schools accessing these resources for free.  

Barnet Libraries
Barnet Libraries were awarded a Barnet & Culture for Youth grant to work with Fly High Stories on their project 'Adventures in the Libraries' as part of their Summer Reading Challenge for children and families in Barnet. 

Adapted in light of COVID-19, the project was designed to take place at home and was an online interactive storytelling performance. The aim of the workshop was to give participants a feeling of agency - that they are in charge of the story which is unfolding right in front of their eyes. 

This B&CY funding enabled Barnet Libraries to provide up to 30 children to participate in a professionally run, online drama workshop related directly to their Summer Reading Challenge 'Silly Squad.’ 

New Horizons Theatre Company
New Horizons Theatre Company is an inclusive theatre company. They are committed to developing artistic and imaginative performers both in main stream and with learning disabilities. 

New Horizons Theatre Company have been awarded a B&CY grant to run an outreach project in local schools (tbc). Through this scheme New Horizons aim to widen participation amongst young people in drama and to show there are groups available that are accessible to a range of diverse backgrounds. Their workshop will encourage integration, confidence building, collaboration, creativity and imagination. 

Oakleigh School
Oakleigh School caters for children aged 2 – 11 who have severe learning difficulties and complex needs. The population includes children with additional needs, such as physical or sensory, and some children on the Autism Spectrum.

Due to their pupils' need, it is very difficult for them to access theatre and arts events. Oakleigh School successfully applied for a BCEP grant for theatre-in-education company MM Theatrical Productions to visit the school and perform to their pupils. Students will experience and benefit from the magic of a live theatre production. It will be a beneficial learning experience and hopefully bring excitement and joy to the young people.

Watch the trailer for the BCEP Launch Event 2019 here.


BCEP Online Festival 2020 resources:

Playlist for the recorded sessions from the BCEP Online Festival 2020

Introduction with Susy Stone and Keynote Speech with Jacqui O'Hanlon, Director of Education at Royal Shakespeare Company​

Creative Careers Panel Discussion

Adovacating for Arts Education with Sharon Broughall, BEAT and Adam Morley, Baroque Theatre​

Creating Partnerships to Benefit SEN Students with Tamara Stewart, Mapledown SEN School

Diversifying the Curriculum with Arts Against Knives

Migratory Journeys to Barnet with Tim Burley, artsdepot, Kumiko Mendl, New Earth Theatre and Anne Roots, Connect

Reimagining Dance: Creating an Inclusive Community Online with Juliet Diener, icandance

Safe Covid-Related Practices for Performing Arts Teaching with Middlesex University

Fly High! Onsite & Online Learning with the RAF Museum