To conclude our series of 30th anniversary blogs, we're celebrating our history while looking to the future!

Our team has been hard at work considering what could go into an RSL Awards coat of arms, and we're delighted to say that we will be publicly unveiling the culmination of this discussion at our 30th anniversary celebrations on 23rd November!

Developed over the course of two years, the coat of arms features a crest that celebrates RSL Awards’ status as frontrunners in the awarding body sector.

The crest gives a nod to the heraldry of years gone by with a disruptive twist in true RSL Awards style. A lion sits atop the crest, cradling an electric guitar in a nod to our origins as Rockschool Ltd, while musical rests appear on the lower part of the crest.


Rockschool blue dominates the crest, while the motto reads “ex animo spectaculum” in Latin, which translates as “From Passion to Performance”. This points to RSL Awards’ focus on the power of formal music assessment in providing structure and routine to burgeoning creativity in students across the world.

Upon closer inspection, the coat of arms details the origins of the company, acknowledging our conception on “the fourteenth day of May 1991”, and consequent contribution to the creative arts sector under the guidance of Norton York, whose soon to be released book on the history of music education in the UK reflects on the impact RSL and other organisations have made on the contemporary music education scene.

We can't for 23rd November 2021 when we'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and publicly unveiling the coat of arms to the public for the first time. Stay tuned to our social media to see how the celebrations unfold!

About RSL Awards Ltd

In 1991, under the direction of founder Norton York, Rockschool created a unique set of products for a brand-new marketplace: recognised, graded qualifications for contemporary musicians. The traditional instruments performing in a rock band were included in the original graded examinations, Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Drums. After the initial success with these instruments, the company has developed syllabi in Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Keyboards, Ukulele, Contemporary Music Theory and the world's first Music Production syllabus.

Over recent years the company, based in West London, has developed a full suite of Vocational Qualifications for the creative industries, which are delivered in over 500 schools and colleges, principally in the UK. These sit alongside a program of contemporary dance qualifications, covering three distinct disciplines: musical theatre, jazz and street dance and a new suite of first to market CQ qualifications in Vlogging and Podcasting.

A head office team of 50, and a team of over 150 highly trained and certified global examiners, assessors and moderators help deliver the qualifications across the globe. Rockschool qualifications are recognised and regulated at the highest level by Ofqual, SFA, CCEA, Qualifications Wales and the Department for Education, with all successful level 3 (Grades 6–8) exams being awarded UCAS points, bolstering university applications.