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.



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A New Horizons Theatre Company
A 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.

A New Horizons Theatre Company have been awarded a BCEP 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.

Barnet Libraries

Barnet Libraries have been awarded a BCEP 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 is designed to take place at home and is an online interactive storytelling performance. The aim of this workshop is 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 BCEP funding will enable Barnet Libraries to provide up to 30 children from to participate in a professionally run, online drama workshop related directly to their Summer Reading Challenge 'Silly Squad.’

JCoSS is the only cross-communal Jewish secondary school in the country. With support from a BCEP grant they will run an interfaith workshop for students at JCoSS, a pluralist Jewish secondary school in Barnet and St Augustine’s Priory, a Catholic girl’s school. This is part of a wider partnership which they are developing between the two schools.

BCEP support will enable the school to bring in spoken word artist, Edalia Day, to run a poetry workshop which will explore identity, faith and diversity in society. Edalia Day is a Creation Space Residency Artist with artsdepot.

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 BCEP grant to subsidise workshop costs and offer their programme free of charge to five 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.