NSCD occupies an architecturally unique site incorporating a Grade II listed former Synagogue; a sympathetic mixture of old and new, at the heart of which is Riley Theatre.

To view a virtual tour of the facilities go to: www.youtube.com/northernschool.


Incorporating a collection of 14500+ items, a helpdesk and student computers, our library provides all the reference and research materials needed to support your studies. The library has two full-time dedicated staff members who are available to support students throughout the week. The library also provides a range of online resources that can be accessed remotely.

You’ll find all the information you need about the library at https://nscdlibrary.wordpress.com/

Eight Large Dance Studios

Our studios contain fully sprung floors, pianos and percussion instruments for live accompaniment, ballet barrès and integrated video and audio replay equipment. The studio allocation includes the theatre, providing daily opportunities for you to develop your stagecraft and performance skills in a theatre setting.

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Riley Theatre

Riley Theatre is one of few dedicated dance venues in the North, programming professional work by visiting regional, national and European artists and companies, alongside showcasing NSCD student work, NSCD Learning and Participation and other youth and community platforms. The current performance programme can be viewed at:

Lighting Studio

An intimate space used for stagecraft practice, rehearsals and performances. The lighting studio is an alternative performance space for installations, informal sharings, video and multimedia work, as well as being an ideal space to learn about the technical aspects of theatre such as lighting, sound and stage management.

Video and Sound Editing Suite

Video cameras, iMacs and industry standard software are available for the students to facilitate the creation of digital work.

Café, Box Office and Foyer

The main function of our café is to cater for the students and staff of the school. The foyer area provides a welcoming and comfortable area to relax and socialise during well-earned breaks between classes; like the living room to a big family house. Students are entitled to discounted entry to Riley Theatre and enjoy a wide-ranging performance programme featuring visiting professionals, fellow students and regional community groups.