Code of Conduct
The Margate School (TMS) is an independent liberal art school with post-graduate provision and community outreach incorporated in 2015. A school in and for Margate, developing a wide range of short courses, technical courses and professional development across liberal arts and media disciplines ranging from MA courses to day courses as well as studios, workspaces and technical facilities whilst reaching out to the local community. Above all, The Margate School is about people. The curriculum is guided by project-based collaborative learning in the expanded field, nurturing independent thinking, inspired by Margate’s past and passionate about the future. The Margate School studios provide a working environment that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavours and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. TMS builds community through monthly exhibitions, art critiques, workshops, open studio events, short courses, exhibitions, as well as various other art projects. Our intentions are to cultivate safer, more inclusive and accessible spaces that centre and support the most marginalised members of our communities. We aim to foster respect, collective responsibility and a vibrant sense of community.
We are committed to both practices and a culture of meaningful access, engagement and consultation with the most vulnerable members of our communities. Meaningful inclusion in our work centres on approaches, programming and spaces that are informed by the communities they’re intended for. Meaningful inclusion is rooted in anti-oppressive practices and empathy. We understand that oppressive systems are by design, and we believe that it is possible to design more inclusive and compassionate spaces and communities with the leadership of those who are most impacted.
We value direct, clear, empathetic and accessible communication between all stakeholders of our organisation, among our membership and within our core team, studio residents, students and academic staff. We continue to cultivate robust channels for communication, feedback and evaluation to improve member experiences, build safer spaces and foster practices of accessibility.
Transparency & Accountability
We are committed to practicing accountability among our membership, our stakeholders, our staff, studio residents, students and our community at large. We recognise that transparency and accountability foster meaningful relationships and contribute to building trust. Our policies on accountability and transparency are anchored by public reporting, community engagement and consultation from stakeholders and advisory/governing bodies.
We believe in and practice consent - which is freely given, well informed and can be withdrawn at any time when engaging and interacting with each other. Consent applies to touching (including hugging, pats, handshakes, intimate contact etc...) personal space and belongings (using supplies/entering the studio space of another member). Consent is mandatory in all interactions. When in doubt, ask clearly, listen carefully and communicate clearly.
Health and Safety
We believe that high standards of health and safety control are an essential part of management, and rank in equal importance with other fundamental areas. We recognise our health and safety duties under the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and other relevant legislation and codes of practice for our workplace.
Our accident and near-miss incident prevention function is an integral part of operational management. The main objective is the elimination of accident and incident causes. Therefore, as a matter of policy we will take all reasonable care to protect all employees, FabLab Members, Studio holders and Students who may be affected by our activities and facilities, by implementing safe operating procedures and safe systems of work to eliminate foreseeable hazards.
We will also take all practical steps necessary to prevent or reduce harmful impacts on the environment, which may result from our activities, products or waste. We will respect legal standards and will implement changes that are appropriate to achieve compliance.
Our Technical Team has the overall responsibility for effective health and safety management in the workplace. They will also ensure that if a competent employee is not available, an external source of competent assistance and advice will be sought. It is the responsibility of the Director responsible for Safety and the Health and Safety Coordinator to ensure we achieve day-to-day health and safety compliance in the workplace and to liaise with our competent advisor.
All users of the space must comply with the legal safety obligations placed upon them by legislation and TMS policies and procedures. They must also cooperate with the school in meeting its legal requirements and responsibilities. The responsibilities of the users of the space are as follows:
To ensure that when using any equipment provided by TMS that is used by students, you have been properly trained and signed off by a TMS technician or member of academic staff.
To make known to TMS staff if you are planning to use any hazardous products (aerosols, resins, fibreglass, lead paint etc.) and be able to provide a safety data sheet for the product if requested by TMS so that a coshh assessment can be done.
Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying. TMS take matters of discrimination and harassment very seriously, please refer to our Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Policy available on the shared student drive, if you feel the need to clarify what constitutes discrimination or harassment
Reporting. If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible following our Grievance Procedure. Harassment and other code of conduct violations are unacceptable. We understand that speaking about the harm we’ve experienced is difficult and often traumatising. We strive to honour the courage of those who come forward. As such, we have several avenues for reporting harassment, discrimination and inappropriate behaviour which can be found in our Grievance Procedure.
Shared Space Policy
The nature of our spaces relies on respect, mindfulness and collaboration to foster a productive and safe space for all our members, staff and students TMS will not tolerate violence, theft, vandalism or any other harmful acts. We reserve the right to remove anyone creating an unsafe or unpleasant environment. We wish to make this a safe, welcoming and fun space for everyone. If at any time you are made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe please let an TMS staff member know through the procedures detailed above. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and initially addressed with urgency.
Though new mediums and practices will be welcome in the space, if it is determined that the practice is too disruptive in the co-working environment that we'll have to ask you to leave. The guiding principles of TMS are that all students and members must have general consideration for each other and for the collective space. If a student does not adhere to these guiding principles TMS’s directors/management, at its own full discretion, can revoke any membership at any time.
We invite our members to exercise common courtesy, for example, taking loud conversations to more appropriate spaces away from work areas, avoiding strong scents and perfumes, and respecting personal boundaries and space. We also encourage open and friendly attitudes but we respect the need for boundaries and mutual respect.