The ART Awards


Further to the success of the inaugural ART Awards, nominations are now open for the 2017 ART Awards and this includes two new awards. These awards are open to everyone, not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme (unless otherwise specified). The aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing.


Applying for an Award

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?

  • We suggest you use the relevant application form on the ART web site, or alternatively, simply prepare your submission in a format that you find convenient. You are encouraged to include all the key information in approximately two sides of A4 but you will not be penalised if you send extra supporting information. Entries should be sent to
  • Entries for the three individual Learning The Ropes Achievement Awards only should be limited to no more than two sides of A4 and the individual personal progress books will be reviewed.
  • It would be helpful if electronic applications were sent in PDF format.
  • Postal applications will be accepted.

You can enter as many categories as you would like, if so, please complete but a separate form / application should be made for each category but you need only complete the standard background information once.

» Download an application form

What will the judges be looking for?

  • Clear, detailed and verifiable outcomes, benefits and 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 and other stakeholders.
  • Sustainability and examples that others could follow, emulate or adapt to their own circumstances.

The overall level of achievement is fundamental to the judges’ assessment and sustainability will be an important criterion, but the judges will particularly focus on performance and achievements during 2016.

The judging team will, once again, be led by Stephanie Pattenden, ART’s Independent Educational Adviser. The ART Awards Leader or the Judges may seek to verify certain aspects of your submission and or visit your group.

The judges’ decision is final.

Closing date

The closing date is 31 December 2016. Please send your submission to (or by post to Stephanie Warboys, The Limes, Main Street, Ashby Parva, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 5HU).

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 via

And finally ...

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.


The total prize pot is in excess of £3,000 and a significant prize will be presented in each category. These prizes may be spent in a flexible manner, to be agreed with the winners, so that value is added to the group / activities undertaken by the winners. The Award Winners will be announced and prizes presented on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the ART Conference at Old Basing, Hampshire. Generally, prizes should be spent within a maximum of two years of notification, unless agreed otherwise with ART.

All those resident in the UK who have achieved LTR Level 5 by 31 December 2016 will be invited to our ‘Learning The Ropes’ Masterclass in 2017. All relevant travel and accommodation expenses will be met for those who have not previously attended the Masterclass.

The Sarah Beacham Trust

The ART Awards for Youth Groups have been generously funded by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust which has transferred its funds to ART as the appropriate educational body to develop these awards. These ART Awards will be called The Sarah Beacham School Group Award and the Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award.

» The Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

2017 Award Winners

For teachers and groups (open to all)

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award - Abingdon Society of Bell Ringers

The Sarah Beacham School Group Award - Elizabeth College

The ART Award for Innovation in the Effective Use of Technology in Teaching (sponsored by John Taylor & Co.) - Lisa Clarke

The ART Award for Innovation in Recruitment or Retention (sponsored by AbelSim) - Arnold, St Mary’s Nottingham

The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People”(sponsored by CCCBR) - Durham University Society of Change Ringers and Cambridge University Guild

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing (sponsored by Talent Innovations) - Linda Garton and Simon Linford

For ringers (open only to LtR registered ringers)

The Learning the Ropes Achievement Awards

LtR Level 5 achievement - overall winner - Sophie Keeble

LtR+ - Outstanding progress - Neil Waterman

LtR+ - Quarter Peal or Peal Conductor - Sophie Keeble

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

© Association of Ringing Teachers 2017