Bristol Ballet Centre has a clear Rules & Regulation Policy, which must be adhered to at all times by parents, pupils and staff.
Compliance with these rules is vital if your child wishes to join the school. Please read the following information carefully and be aware that in signing these rules you are agreeing to abide by them.
The contents of the School’s emails and letters contain confidential information which is intended only for the recipient. Any unauthorised copying, forwarding or distribution of the material is strictly prohibited. All personal information at the School is kept confidential and will not be discussed with anyone.
At Bristol Ballet Centre we have a duty of care to safeguard all pupils – please see the separate Child Protection Policy on the website for further details.
Every pupil in the school MUST fill out a Registration Form on joining the School. All parts should be completed clearly and returned to the school after the trial lesson. This signed registration form acts as an agreement between Bristol Ballet Centre and parents / guardians. Any change in circumstances, such as address, contact number or email must be noted in a new registration form. Failure to do so may result in vital information being missed.
The first class is a free trial and you will not be charged for this. If your child continues, an invoice will then be issued for the remaining lessons in the term. From there on in you will be invoiced termly.
Fees must be paid before / at the beginning of term. Any fees not received within the first three weeks of term will be subject to a 5% administration fee, in line with other dance schools. Payment may be made by cash, by cheques made payable to Bristol Ballet Centre, or via BACS (sort code: 30-94-80, account number: 02006491). Please return the invoice with cash, and for BACS the current invoice number and child’s name must be given as a reference.
Please read the uniform section on the noticeboard / website for correct requirements for each class. All uniform is available to purchase through the school and it is essential that students are dressed correctly. (Please note: if you are buying uniform elsewhere, please ensure that it is the correct RAD/ISTD regulation, as many places now sell copies which are not acceptable).
No outside clothing is allowed during class – only Logoed Bristol Ballet Centre outer wear or the correct crossover may be worn when it is cold. No jewellery is to be worn in class at any time apart from stud earrings that do not hang. Hair must be in a bun for all classes. Any fringes that drop below the eyebrow must be gripped back or a hair band worn.
The School highly recommends naming all items of uniform; we take no responsibility for any losses incurred on the premises.
Pupils will be entered for exams when we feel they can execute the work to a high enough level. Pupils will be expected to attend exam-coaching classes to achieve the standard that is expected within the school. These are additional classes that are not included in the exam price or term fee. The exam fee must be paid by the closing date on the letter you receive. Failure to return exam entry forms and fees on time will mean your child will not be entered for that session.
Please note: once the entries have been sent, the day or time of the examination cannot be changed, and pupils cannot be substituted or swapped around. Therefore, please do not commit your child to the exam unless you are certain you can make the proposed date as no refunds will be given.
Photography / videoing
By attending Bristol Ballet Centre or any classes attached to us, you agree, as parents/guardians, to the following:
- In normal lessons - you permit us to use a camera and video to aid us with our teaching with the knowledge that these will be deleted at the end of each lesson.
- On exam days – we will take photographs of pupils and if no objection is made we may post these on the School website or Facebook page.
- At shows – photographs and DVDs will be taken by a professional photographer and available to purchase. Anyone found to be recording during the performances will be asked to leave.
- During ‘Visitors’ Watching Week’ - parents can photograph or record provided everyone present is in agreement and nothing is posted on any social media sites.
Physical contact in class
Please be aware that due to the nature of dance teaching, some physical contact may be necessary in order to correct placement or demonstrate technique. In the unfortunate case of an injury occurring during or after class, no responsibility is taken by the School - but please rest assured that every care is taken to avoid such a situation. Please ensure that you inform the class teacher of any medical illnesses they may need to deal with during class time e.g. asthma, use of an epi-pen or diabetic monitoring.
In the event of bad weather, please check the website for information. Parents will be notified of any changes via text, email or the website. If, in this instance, classes are cancelled, the school will not be able to reimburse or replace classes, as hall hire and teachers still have to be paid. However, in all other circumstances, a replacement lesson or refund will be given.
Half a term’s notice is required if your child decides they no longer wish to continue with a lesson, please note, this does not include holidays. Notice must be given in writing or by email to the Principal. Whether a branch is large or small, all overheads including memberships, registration, music, courses, insurance, equipment etc. remain the same. Half a term’s notice gives us time to see whether lessons are viable, adjust our timetables and, if necessary, cancel or amalgamate classes.
Attending classes elsewhere
It is not permitted to attend classes at any other dancing schools without prior permission of the Principal. Failure to do this will result in you being asked to leave the School.
Keeping up to date
All current school information is posted on the noticeboard outside the studio, including term dates, uniform and contact details. Please refer to the noticeboard frequently for any changes, additional practices, summer school / show details etc.
If you have any worries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone: email@example.com or 0117 9605844.