Who We Are

The Northern School of Art has provided students with specialist art and design education in the North East for over 100 years. Dating back to 1870 when The Middlesbrough School of Art was opened shortly followed by The Government School of Art in Hartlepool in 1874. These Historic institutions later evolved in to Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) around 1979. Today the Northern School of Art still resides in its original towns of Hartlepool (Higher Education Site) and Middlesbrough (Further Education). Although we have had many names our principles and ethos remain the same; to continue to provide exceptional creative education to students in the North East. Being the only educational institute dedicated to art and design in the North East over this course of time has given our school immeasurable experience and expertise in creative education. We have had the opportunity to work with outstandingly talented students that have graduated to become some of the best in their respective industries. Our Alumni include Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, car designer Keith Patterson and artist Mackenzie Thorpe.

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

At the Northern School of Art we constantly strive to provide the best creative programmes possible, in order to support the creative industries. We have characterised our objectives as simply: “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.

Leadership

The Governing Body of the Northern School of Art is responsible for the educational character and strategic direction of the institute. They determine our policies and monitor our performance. 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

Chairman

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

Principal

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 Annual Report 17 Nov 2017 2b(iii) Accounts Financial Statements 18-19 Financial Statement 2017-18 Financial Statements to July 2017 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