ART Awards to open on 15 September

Nominations open on 15 September 2015 for the new ART Awards. These Awards are open to everyone – not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme (unless otherwise specified). The aim is intended to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing.

The prizes

A significant prize will be presented in each category. These prizes will be of real value and may be spent in a flexible manner, to be agreed with the winners, so that real value is added to the group / activities undertaken by the winners.

The Award Winners will be announced in February 2016 and prizes will be presented at the ART Conference 2016 at Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough on 12th March.

Categories for the inaugural ART Awards 2016

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award
  • The Sarah Beacham School Group Award
  • The ART Award for Innovation in the Effective Use of Technology in Teaching– sponsored John Taylor & Co.
  • The ART Award for Effective/Innovative use of Social or Other Media
  • The ART Award for Innovation in Recruitment or Retention - sponsored by AbelSim.
  • Learning the Ropes Achievement Awards – (LtR registered ringers only)
    • LtR+ – Young Q.P. or Peal conductor
    • LtR+ – outstanding progress
    • All LtR Level 5 achievers with an overall winner.

Further award categories will be considered in future years and suggestions for this and offers of sponsorship are welcome.

You can enter as many categories as you would like, but a separate form / application should be made for each category.

Who can enter?

Please feel free to nominate yourself or the group that you are part of – don’t be modest – we want to encourage good practice and new ideas!

If you would like to nominate a group or an individual but do not feel that you are the best person to make the application on their behalf, then please contact and the ART Awards Leader will attempt to assist.

Applications are welcome from anywhere in the world.

How do I enter?

  • Go to to enter
  • Electronic entries to
  • Postal entries to Stephanie Warboys, The Limes, Main St. Ashby Parva, Lutterworth, Leics LE17 5HU

» Apply for a 2016 ART Awards

What will the judges be looking for?

  • Clear and verifiable outcomes / benefits / value added
  • Energy, success and achievement – however you would like to define this!
  • Best practice, innovation and activities of educative value.
  • Structured learning, goals and planning.
  • Involvement of the wider community/school.
  • Examples that others could follow, emulate or adapt to their own circumstances.

The judging team will be led by Stephanie Pattenden, ART’s Independent Educational Standards Chair. The judges’ decision is final.

  • ART may wish to publish and circulate certain aspects of the submissions as examples of good practice / innovation in appropriate media formats and potentially for wider PR use – so we would expect your consent to this (although this would not be done without prior consultation with you).
  • The ART Awards Leader or the Judges may seek to verify certain aspects of your submission and / or visit your group.

Closing date

The closing date for the 2016 Awards is 31 December 2015. Please send your submission to

Questions or queries

If you have any questions in respect of the Awards, or how to apply, please contact the ART Awards Leader, Stephanie Warboys on