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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the history of The Saltburn School?

A: In 1903* The Saltburn Girls’ High School was built on Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn. Designed in the Neo-Georgian style by Sir Edwin Cooper, a leading architect of his generation, it is grade II listed.

The structure of the school has changed several times over the years. It became a standard secondary school in the 1950s and a junior school in the 1970s. In 2009 it closed and pupils from the junior school went to the new Huntcliff School, built across the road. For three years it has been vacant.

Last year we, Saltburn Community and Arts Association, put forward a bid to transfer the school from the council into their hands – to create a community arts space. Fast forward to May 23, 2012, when a two-year licence was signed. The day after we got the keys.

With the help of a £19,525 CommunityBuilders Feasibility Fund we were on our way to getting basic things paid for – surveys, paying for legal fees for contracts, electrical assessments, etc.

In the next few months the building is being transformed into a working community centre.

*as listed by English Heritage.

Q: What has been going on since then?



There have been three community action weekends, of which many volunteers have came forward to lend a hand by either stripping paint, mopping, clearing away old rubbish and other jobs.

Approximately 10 volunteers come in on a regular basis to help out.

Over four hundred and eighty hours of community service has been allocated by the local probation service.


The old sash windows are in the process of being restored by local craftsman Michael Anderson and sculptor Emily Hesse has begun her 12 month residency.
Wendy Walker and Paul Clease from Peeling Paint, a furniture restoration business, are in the process of setting up the space as their new base.


Saltburn’s first curated arts fair was held on August 3 to 5. The school exhibited work by international artist Julian Germain as well as prominent regional artists.


The Saltburn School Cafe was opened on the weekend of the arts fair and will remain open every weekend (and during the week if someone is about) until further notice.

Q: What will happen in the coming months?

A: Here are some of the bookings which have been made for rooms within the building:

Estelle Reed will be starting her exercise classes from the second week of September every Wednesday evening. Two classes, each an hour long, starting from 6pm.

A life drawing class will be launched in September happening fortnightly on a Thursday evening.

Q: Who is the project being run by?

A: A sub-committee of Saltburn Community and Arts Association. On a day-to-day basis a volunteer will be on site everyday of the week from 10am until 4pm.

Q: What will the building be used for?

A: The initial plans, although not set in stone, are for a cafe, town archive, rehearsal/performance space for local amateur dramatic groups, sculptors studio, furniture restoration studio, exhibition space, community hiring space, photographic facilities, computer room, skate park, herb garden, music recital and lecture room.

New ideas are welcome. Please email them to

Q: How will it be funded?

A: Saltburn Community and Arts Association is a registered charity. Most of the major building work will be paid for by government grants, however the rest of the costs will largely rely on donations by members of the public and people volunteering their time. It will, in time, generate its own income.

How can I help?

  • We need regular volunteers! To help email or simply drop in to the school between 10am and 4pm so we can add you to the volunteer rota.
  • Donating DIY products like paint stripper, paint, wall filler.
  • Donating money online through