Who we are

The Northern School of Art is the only educational institution in the north east devoted to art and design. The majority of the staff are practising artists, designers and artisans. Our alumni include Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, car designer Keith Patterson and artist Mackenzie Thorpe. As one of the few specialist art and design institutions in the country, the School has a strong reputation, but one that is known to a narrow group of educators and practitioners in the creative sector.

Our Vision and Values

Our Mission

The School’s essential mission concerns the quality of students’ learning experience and outcomes. Its mission statement reflects this: “Exceptional education for creative careers.”

Our Objectives

We have characterised our objectives in a highly abbreviated form as: “More students on better courses”

Our Values

Creativity and Excellence We aim to place creative practice by students and staff at the centre of what we do, with excellent outcomes as our goal. Professional Practice, Employability and Enterprise We aim to develop students’ skills for employment and enterprise through curricula informed by staff and student engagement with the creative industries. We value the encouragement of professional practice in students and the continuing professional development of staff, improving their performance and contribution to the education sector and creative industries. Student Engagement, Collaboration and Community We aim to promote student engagement within their learning environment as a partnership with staff, to aid delivery of a high quality student experience and to promote understanding and appreciation of art and design. We aim to develop complementary areas of study that support interdisciplinary collaboration and learning and engagement with external partners.

Our Behaviours

Concern for the quality of student experience A high quality student experience is the essential prerequisite for the School’s success. This means a high quality experience in terms of teaching, learning and assessment, and that the curriculum must continue to be relevant and delivered by staff whose knowledge is up-to-date. A positive, collegiate approach The reputations and fortunes of the School’s FE and HE courses and programmes are, to a large extent, entwined. There are many positive opportunities for expansion of provision and FE and HE colleagues should work together to achieve this. Professionalism All staff should seek to achieve high standards and behaviours – in other words being professional. Part of being a professional is that work is subject to review and comment in order to maintain and improve standards. Staff should work together with appropriate planning for improvement, and individuals should seek to provide and receive feedback in a manner which improves outcomes for the School and its students. Always seeking improvement; appropriately self-critical We should always seek to improve the quality of our provision to students, and all School staff should seek to be appropriately self-critical, focusing on future improvement. Equality and diversity The School is committed to the principles of equality and diversity and aims to ensure that all employees and School users are treated fairly and equally regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

How we are Run

The Governing Body of the Northern School of Art is responsible for the educational character and strategic direction of the School, determines policy and monitors the performance of the School. The Corporation consists of 17 Governors from a wide variety of backgrounds, including staff and students, and their experience and strategic skills make a vital contribution to the continuing development of the School.

Patrick Smith


Ian Swain

Independent MemberChair of Audit Committee

Ian Butchart

Independent Member

Sarah Fawcett

Independent MemberLink Governor for ED&I and Safeguarding

Jane Rapley

Independent Member

Tim Bailey

Vice Chair

David Hughes

Independent Member

Robin Simmons

Vice Chair

Kieron Goldsborough

Independent Member

Amy Norris

Independent Member

Denise Ogden

Independent Member (currently on sabbatical)

Phil Trotter

Co-opted Member (Governance & Search)

Martin Raby


Eyv Hardwick

Staff Member (HE)

Jane Havakin

Staff Member (HE)

Rosie Hare

Staff Member (Business Support)

Corporation Board Papers

Reports and publications

2b) Reports and publications 2b(i) Strategy Strategic Plan 2017-18 2b(ii) Annual Report Financial Statements to July 2017 Financial Statement 2017-18 2b(iv) Register of interest Declaration of Interest 2b(v) Public Value statement Part of The Information Publication Scheme Who we are and what we do About Us What we spend and how we spend it Part of The Information Publication Scheme How we make decisions Our policies and procedures Part of The Information Publication Scheme