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Published 17th Aug 2018

last results day for CCAD before it changes name to northern school of art

Students and staff from a specialist art and design college in the north east are celebrating after achieving a series of great results in A-levels and UAL Diplomas.

Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Middlesbrough, which will be changing its name to The Northern School of Art from September, has seen 50 percent of the students who studied A-Level psychology receive an A grade and is celebrating a 100 percent A-Level pass rate – compared to the national average of 97.6 percent.

Sarah Peary, 18, from Acklam in Middlesbrough achieved success in Psychology, History of Art and Fine Art and has secured a place at The University of York to study History of Art in September. Sarah selected York for her studies over History of Art at St Andrew’s, the course that Prince William studied.

Holly Speakman, 18, from Great Ayton is also celebrating success in Psychology, History of Art and Fine Art and will be staying at the college for its first year as The Northern School of Art. She will study for a foundation diploma before heading to the School’s university-level campus in Hartlepool in September 2019.

Holly has chosen foundation as her next step; this enables students to develop their skills and critical thinking whilst gaining experience of the possible routes within art and design. Many A-Level completers choose to study this to develop their portfolios for university entry. One recent foundation diploma student, Fiona Cameron, has found this helped her gain entry to Oxford University.

Following her extended diploma in fine art success at CCAD, 19-year-old Fiona, from Wolviston, is now on her way to study BA (Hons) Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art.

With only 30 places on the course each year at Ruskin, Fiona is overjoyed to be joining the BFA Fine Art degree at the top rated art school in the UK. She follows in the footsteps of fellow CCAD foundation alum, Helena Greening, who joined the course last September.

Fiona said: “I was in complete shock when I found out and it still hasn’t sunk in yet. It was a huge confidence boost to hear back that I was successful, and I am thrilled and so privileged to be able to study there in September.

“I had never thought that there would be a possibility for me to study at Oxford and it took a great deal of thought before I plucked up the courage to make an application. It was always a risk to apply one thing I had learnt was that if I didn’t apply I’d never know.

“My family are all delighted and have been very supportive throughout the whole application process. It is nice to be able to say I’ve done the family proud.”

Martin Raby, Principal at Cleveland College of Art & Design, said: “We are exceptionally proud of the successes of our students, especially with the fantastic results in subjects such as Psychology, which aren’t usually considered an art school offering. These results are testament to the students’ commitment and hard work”.

CCAD has enjoyed success and achieved great results over the last few months, with the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education results, announced in July, placing CCAD at 96.3 percent for graduate employment or further training six months after graduating..

Patrick Chapman, Vice Principal of Employability and External Relations, added: “These results and our outstanding graduate employability record show why we were granted permission to change our name to The Northern School of Art; it really is the place to study if you are serious about a career in the ever growing creative industries.”

About Cleveland College & Art & Design (CCAD):

• CCAD is the only specialist art and design school in the North East, with a further education site in Middlesbrough and a university level campus in Hartlepool
• CCAD will be changing its name to The Northern School of Art as from September 2018.
• One of a few specialist art and design colleges in the country, with over 1,000 students.
• With over 140 years of experience, CCAD is one of the UK’s leading design and art schools, offering award winning courses in both further and higher education
• CCAD tutors are industry professionals, with a wealth of experience and many are practising artists and designers
• CCAD offers the latest in teaching and learning facilities and uses industry standard equipment



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