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Rules and Regulations 2017/2018

General Rules

  • All children, students and parents are expected to show respect and kindness to teachers, adults and peers within our dance school.
  • Foul language and bullying will not be tolerated, by both students and parents and may result in dismissal from the school.
  • Children and students are the responsibility of Judith Keyes School of Ballet teachers when in the studio, during class time only.
  • The studio is not a play area, and children should not run around or play in it or play on the barre.
  • All breakages must be paid for.
  • Judith Keyes School of Ballet accepts no responsibility for children’s behaviour outside of the studio.
  • Parents must take responsibility for child’s safety, behaviour and well-being before and after their class.
  • Parents are invited to observe their child’s class at an arranged time only.
  • In order to avoid wasting class time, parents and carers should email [email protected] with any queries, and avoid entering the studio to chat with the teacher where possible.
  • Water bottles can be brought into class, for any students in ‘Primary Ballet’ or above. Only pull-up tops are permitted, as screw tops are liable to spill.
  • Drinking breaks are at the discretion of the teacher. No juice is permitted, water ONLY.
  • Food or chewing gum is not permitted in the studio.
  • Jewellery should not be worn to class.


Punctuality and Absences

  • Students and children should arrive on time for each class.
  • When entering the studio late, please come in quietly without disrupting the teacher or other dancers. If students are late for class they may miss vital information and impede the learning of others and place themselves at risk of injury should they miss the warm up section of the class.
  • Parents are responsible for collecting their children on time. The teacher cannot be responsible for children who are picked up late.
  • Absences should be kept to a minimum in order to maintain good progression in class. Regular absence can result in dropping behind the rest of the class, and a lack of confidence.
  • Students in Primary Ballet and above should aim to have no more than one absence per term.
  • Frequent absences may result in dismissal from the school.
  • Students preparing for a performance or examination are expected to maintain excellent attendance, and if attendance falls below the desired amount of classes, may be asked to withdraw from their performance or examination if it is felt that they will not be suitably prepared.

Discipline

  • Students are expected to behave in an orderly, civilised and well-mannered way and to show respect to their teachers when attending the School. Students should also show respect to other students in their class. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations may result in withdrawal from the Dance School.
  • Parents should treat each other and any teaching staff with equal respect and with the same regard in which they would like to be treated. Any form of bullying or disrespect towards another parent or towards teaching staff will not be tolerated, and will risk permanent exclusion of their child from the school. There will be no exceptions.


Fees

  • Fees are due in advance of the first class of each term/month.
  • ALL fees must be paid in full, at latest on the first class of each month/term, otherwise and pupils will not be permitted to participate in classes until fees are paid in full. At which point an extra administration charge of £5 will be added for late payment.

  • Any fees received at an incorrect rate will be invoiced for the remaining amount. This includes, fees received via BACS and PayPal, after the specified date.
  • It is the responsibility of the bill payer to make their transfer via BACS with sufficient time to be received by the specified date.

  • Fee invoices will be emailed to parents prior to their due date and it is the responsibility of the parent to check their emails for invoices. Information can also be found on our schedule page, for fee information and monthly/ termly payments.
  • It is the responsibility of parents/carers/participants to contact Judith Keyes School of Ballet if they are experiencing email problems, or if their email address requires updating.
  • Missed classes must be paid for; however students can make up their missed classes by attending another class at an appropriate level. Please contact Miss. Judith firstly.
  • Class fees are for weekly lessons only, and are not inclusive of class awards, examinations, performances, competitions or other related activities.
  • Fees will not be refunded in the event of a cancelled class.
  • Fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Term Dates

  • Term dates run in line with the academic calendar. There are however certain holidays where classes may run as normal, providing the hire venues are not closed. Please check our schedule for further information on term dates.
  • All term dates and holidays can be viewed on our schedule.


 Cancelled Classes

  • Judith Keyes School of Ballet will endeavour not to cancel classes; however this may be unavoidable in certain circumstances, for example in severe weather.
  • Pupils will be asked to make up any cancelled classes by attending another class at an appropriate level
  • Fees will not be refunded in the event of a cancelled class.
  • Where a member of teaching faculty is not available to teach their class, a guest teacher will be placed in lieu of said teacher.


Withdrawal from Judith Keyes School of Ballet

  • Judith Keyes School of Ballet requires that three weeks notice (not including the Easter, Summer or Christmas holidays) is given in writing, or via email: [email protected] when withdrawing from the school. This allows us to determine numbers for each class in the following term, as well as organising advanced studio bookings.
  • Failure to give the required written notice will result in receiving an invoice for the amount due, as well as any late fees incurred, whether the student(s) attend or not.

Associated Board of Dance Syllabus and Examinations

  • Examinations sessions and entries are made at the discretion of the school principal at appropriate times during the academic year.
  • Students will only be entered for A.B.D. Examinations when they have reached the appropriate stage of their training, and are physically and cognitively prepared to do so. This is at the discretion of the Principal.
  • Pupils are assessed entirely on an individual basis. Every pupil has the option not to enter for examinations, but encouraged to do so for progression purposes. If a child does not want to take part in the examination, the child will not be automatically permitted to move into the next level. This is at the Principal’s discretion.

 

Performances:

  • Students are invited to participate in our annual performance on specified dates.
  • Excellent class and rehearsal attendance is expected for those performing, and exclusion may be required, if good class attendance is not maintained.
  • Parents and pupils are expected to adhere to the guidelines set out in our performance letter relating to rehearsals, class attendance, uniform/hair/costume requirements, and parental assistance, fundraising, and performance costs.


Personal Property:

Students should make sure that they keep their valuable personal items with them at all times. The School regrets that we cannot be held responsible if items go missing.


 

Safe Teaching Practise:

  • All Judith Keyes School of Ballet teachers are trained to a high standard.
  • Teachers participate in mandatory Continual Professional Development, therefore keeping up to date with any changes in A.B.D. syllabus, examinations, and teaching strategies or similar.
  • All teachers hold relevant ACCESS NI clearance , insurance and where possible a First Aid Certified.
  • On occasions it may be necessary for a teacher to touch a child in a professional manner in order to assist the child’s understanding of a specific movement, or exercise.

 

Child Safety:

  • Judith Keyes School of Ballet is committed to creating an atmosphere that enables children and young people to learn and develop in a safe environment.
  • We recognise that it is a privilege to work with children and young people and that it is also a great responsibility. Parents/guardians trust Judith Keyes School of Ballet to look after their children and to care for them, give leadership, and keep them safe. This we intend to ensure.
  • Judith Keyes School of Ballet will take appropriate steps to ensure that children and young people are not exposed to reasonably foreseeable risk of injury, whether to their physical or mental health, or well being.
  • Judith Keyes School of Ballet is committed to the protection from harm and the safeguarding of all children and young people who attend its activities. Judith Keyes School of Ballet believes that all children and young people deserve to be treated with respect and kindness, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability.

 

Types of bullying and abuse:
  1. Verbal/Emotional: name calling, sarcasm, humiliation, rumour spreading etc.
  2. Physical: kicking, hitting, pushing, pinching etc.
  3. Sexual comments or unwanted physical contact.
 
Child Protection Policy:
The Purpose of this Policy:
  1. To provide protection to all children and young people who attend our classes.
  2. To provide information to any staff or volunteers within our school, as to procedures that may be taken in the event of a child or young person experiencing bullying or reporting a case of child abuse.
 

Judith Keyes School of Ballet aims to:

  • Provide a safe and happy environment for learning.
  • Treat our pupils as individuals, and with the respect they deserve.
  • Value them, and listen to any concerns they may have.
  • Respond to any worries expressed by a child or young person, and alert the correct persons or authorities if necessary.
  • Encourage all pupils to be kind and respectful to one another.
  • Make sure all teaching staff are suitably ACCESS NI checked, and insured 
Data Protection Policy
Judith Keyes School of Ballet staff members are not at liberty to enter into conversation with or disclose any information to parents relating to other Dance School students. Student’s information is confidential and retained by the School in accordance with the Data Protection Policy.


Visual and Social Media

Judith Keyes School of Ballet does not publish or post any images (static or moving) of children under the age of 18, across any of its online channels without prior written consent.



Links/Useful contacts:

Childline: 0800 1111 (http://www.childline.org.uk)

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 (http://www.nspcc.org.uk/)



 


















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