Facilities

Northallerton School & Sixth Form College has a wide range of facilities available to the Sixth Form and lower school students.

Sports Hall

We have a fully equipped sports hall for use by students and community groups. It encompasses cricket nets and a climbing wall with markings for four badminton courts, one basketball court, one tennis court, one netball court and five-a-side football. There is also the added bonus of being able to divide the area into half with the use of the curtain.

Sixth Form Centre

The Sixth Form Centre provides an attractive informal work and social area exclusively used by Sixth Form students. In addition the area also provides quiet study facilities with wi-fi access and the Sixth Form staff team are on hand to help with queries and support.

Outdoor Facilities

The Sixth Form is well situated in the centre of the town, close to all local amenities and transport routes. Easy access is key.

Our site is attractive and extensive with over 30 hectares of outdoor facility green space for sport and recreation - used regularly for football, rugby, cricket and hockey, as well as track and field events such as on our annual Sports Day. The grassed areas are also great for picnics, frisbees or just chilling. You can also eat outside in picnic areas situated in the Upper and Lower Quads - the former providing shade under a 100 year-old willow tree!

Additionally, there are 3 tennis courts and 3 basketball/netball courts (remember, the Sports Hall, Gym and Fitness Suite also provide comprehensive indoor sporting and fitness facilities which are second to none and certainly amongst the best in the area). We take sustainability seriously and have developed our own recycling processes and garden allotment which regularly provides fresh fruit and vegetables in season.

Music Technology

The Music Technology Suite has 11 PCs running Cubase 5 and Sibelius 6 software. Equipment available for digital recording includes high quality audio SE and Stagg microphones and Behringer and Pre Sonus digital/audio interfaces. Many students upload work to the school record label, "Orinoco", which is found at www.numu.org.uk/orinoco

Library

Use It! Whether to study, research, or just take time out with a good book, the Library is the place to be. With its newly refurbished Fiction room and quiet study areas there is something for everyone. Coursework or homework, you have 35 computers, printing facilities, bookshelves bursting with information relevant to all your subjects and a comprehensive DVD section at your disposal. There is also a careers and UCAS section available to students in the library.

Love It! The Library is here for you to use and enjoy! Get the most out of it, it’s up to you. From 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 3.30pm on a Friday, there is always someone on hand to help you out. Keep up to date with current affairs whether it be online or by browsing the daily newspapers, magazines and journals. Get equipped; take advantage of the well stocked shop. Anything from a pen to a tie can be purchased at very competitive prices.

Join It! Be part of it, come along and discover what you are missing!

Lecture Theatre

The restored and refurbished lecture theatre comfortably accommodates 70 plus students in a traditional auditorium with tiered seating. The theatre is equipped with the very latest audio-visual aids and is available through a booking system via the Library.

ICT

Suites of PCs are located around the school for the use of students. As well as standard computer rooms we also have a computer workshop in which ICT students can practice repairing and rebuilding computer hardware.

Fitness Suite

This state-of-the-art Gym places the school at the forefront of the fitness and healthy lifestyle agenda.

The 11 piece, Life Fitness cardiovascular and resistance machine equipment with free-weights and a concept 2 rowing machine ‘does just what it says on the tin’ and provides a fantastic get-fit facility which is the envy of many schools. All the cardiovascular pieces have a built in heart rate monitor which reads your heart rate whilst exercising. This enables the participant to record their own heart rates before, during and after the activity. This facility on the machines also encourages students to understand about working thresholds and recovery rates with an emphasis on safe working rates.

All students can benefit from this fantastic Fitness Suite as it is not only available during the school day for high energised PE lessons but students can also use the equipment Monday to Thursday after school. So students are able to exercise, socialise and listen to MTV whilst they exercise.

Whether for specific sport training and development or for general use, our Fitness Suite delivers a safe and exciting facility for students and staff.

Drama

The drama department boasts a variety of facilities which are enjoyed by a large number of students on a daily basis.

Alongside the use of the studio facilities, where some of the curriculum teaching takes place, the stage in the main hall provides a space for examination and extra-curricular performances. With theatre lighting and recently installed sound equipment, including radio microphones, the use of specialist theatre technology is available to enhance and develop students’ performance work and understanding of theatre in general.

The drama department also boasts an extensive range of costumes of different eras and styles as well as a large number of props available for students to use in their performances and practical work.

These all combine to create wide ranging performance opportunities that offer students and audiences exciting and varied experiences.

Design & Technology

Design & Technology students have access to a vast array of industry standard equipment and processes across a wide range of courses including Product Design in Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food Technology. Here they can design using various up to date CAD packages and make using traditional and modern manufacturing technologies including CNC (computerised) and automated industry compatible machinery. This gives our students a taste of a modern working environment and thus equipping them with up-to-date skills enhancing their chances of finding a job.

Department equipment and processes include design software such as Boutique 3, Solidworks, ProDesktop, Boxford CAD design, PE Design, Photoshop, 2D Design; CNC manufacturing such as computerised sewing machines, lathes, milling, A1 and A3 size Router, Laser Cutter and Rapid Prototyping machine. Traditional equipment such as sheet metal folder, band saws, lathes for both wood and metal, miller, router, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, food processing, fast chill production, industrial fridges, new gas and electric ovens, PCB etcher, aluminium casting, chip forge, thermo forming centre with injection moulding and vacuum forming, MIG, gas and plastic welding equipment, pedestal drills, band facing machines, polishing machines and hegner saws.

The accommodation comprises various rooms which house the above, a host of computers and includes a newly refurbished workshop area with industrial ventilation, dust extraction and new workbenches.

If you can dream it - we have the facilities to make it happen!

Child Care

CACHE and Health and Social Care are taught in their own accommodation including a dedicated computer suite.

Café Food Hall

Following a huge investment in on-site catering, the school has developed an attractive and comfortable Café area serving a range of hot meals and snacks. 

Pop in for a panini or you can try the ever-popular ‘Pasta-King’ meals while watching the plasma screen entertainment.

And you can look forward to even better variety and value as we develop new and innovative services very soon in the Café by re-inventing the menu with more choice (including healthy eating and vegetarian options), longer opening hours and better value for money.

You can also eat outside in picnic areas situated in the upper and lower quads - the former providing shade under a 100 year-old willow tree!

Apple Suite

Photography and Art students are able to make use of industry-standard Apple Mac computers.