Governance - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance was established as a higher education corporation on 27 September 1994 under the Education Reform Act 1988.

The NSCD Instrument and Articles set out the School’s constitution, responsibilities and powers.

NSCD Instrument and Articles Strategic plan 2017-22

Legal Status

Whilst NSCD is a legally autonomous organisation it is at present also one of six schools that work together through a shared consultative and decision-making structure under the auspices of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD). CDD is a higher education institution and charitable company limited by guarantee and is ultimately accountable for the proper use and stewardship of the public funds it receives on behalf of the six Schools. NSCD is currently making its application to the Office for Students to become its own Higher Education provider from September 2022. Programmes will continue to be validated by the University of Kent.

Charitable status

The School’s charitable purpose is the advancement of education, which involves sustaining and promoting teaching, learning and original research.

The School is regulated via CDD by the Office for Students (OfS) which regulates all of the institutions that it funds and has a duty to ensure that the School complies with charity law and meets its legal obligations in exercising control and management of the administration of the School.

The School seeks to benefit from the same tax advantages as all charities.

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Governance Framework

In line with its Instrument and Articles the School has determined a Governance Structure and Rules and By-laws.

Governance Structure Standing Orders

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for:

  • The determination of the educational character and mission of the School and for the oversight of its activities;
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the School and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • The appointment, grading, assignment, appraisal, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of the holders of senior posts; and
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.
Governor Profiles

Meetings Schedule


The following documents contain minutes for the following committees: Audit, Board of Governors, Remuneration & Staffing, Nominations & Governance, and Finance.

Minutes of Meetings 2020-21

Minutes of Meetings 2019-20

Minutes of Meetings 2018 19

Minutes of Meetings 2017-18

Minutes of Meetings 2016-17

Financial Statements

NSCD Annual Accounts 2020-21

Policies and Procedures

Freedom of Speech
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Policy
Environmental & Sustainability Policy
Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Freedom of Information Policy

Freedom of information Policy and Procedure

NSCD is a public body for the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We are accountable to the public, and we try to make our actions be as transparent as possible. Members of the public can check that our efforts are undertaken to the public benefit.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), in most cases, we must confirm whether or not we hold a specific piece of information, and if asked to make it available to the public. There are a number of exemptions to the FOIA which allow us to withhold information if it is not appropriate to release it, however we will always act in the public interest.

We must respond to you within 20 working days of receipt of your request to comply with the requirements of the act.


NSCD is committed to promoting understanding of its ethos, values and activities, and so far as is possible and permitted under law, it will provide members of the public with any information held by the School.

On the rare occasion that it is appropriate to make a request for information held by NSCD please email:


* Please be clear about what information you require. We will not start locating information until we believe that this information has been asked for clearly and that we understand your request. Please note that any resource given to this clarification will be included in the request processing time.

* Please remember that we can only provide information or data that we hold – there is no obligation under the act for us to create new data or make comments.

* You may want to search our previous FOI disclosure logs and other Published Information to see if the answers you are looking for are already immediately available to you.

HR Policy

As a member of CDD we currently adopt a central HR policy which can be viewed here.

NSCD will be looking to adopt its own policy from 2022.

Staff Handbook

The following policies and procedures can be found in the staff handbook on Moodle:

  • Anti-bribery, anti-money laundering & fraud policy
  • Whistle-blowing policy
  • Travel & subsistence policy
  • Renumeration of senior posts guidelines
  • Staff disciplinary procedure
  • Grievance procedure
  • Bully & Harassment procedure
  • Code of Conduct
Staff handbook