Student Information

Below are links to PDF’s containing our contact form, terms and conditions and “what to wear to class” uniform list.
If you are new to the school please print out a contact form and bring it with you to your next class. Please make sure you have read the schools terms and conditions before you sign your contact form.
If you have changed any of your contact information can you please print a fresh form out and return it so we can contact you when we need to.
The Schools terms and conditions will be updated from time to time so please make sure you check them for alterations that could affect you.

To Purchase any of the schools branded T shirts, Hoodies, Jogging bottoms and other items, please go to Rock the Dragon, and we are listed in the Performing Arts section. Or use this link:

https://rockthedragon.co.uk/performing-arts-east/

Safeguarding Policy

Performing Arts East and its volunteers, are committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to recommend best practice which protects them. This policy applies to our paid staff, volunteers and students.

We recognise:

  • the welfare of the child/young person is paramount
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare

The purpose of the policy:

  • to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our show productions, exams or any other activities
  • to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm

We will seek to safeguard children and young people:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and volunteers
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training

The dance school director will review this policy annually, or sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance. All changes will be communicated to our members with immediate effect.

All the teachers are DBS checked and insured. Teachers are also First Aid trained and regularly attend Child Protection and Safeguarding Training.

Roles and Responsibilities

Performing Arts East has a Designated Child Protection Lead, Samantha Watt who will ensure the safeguarding policy is review annually, that all staff have completed the appropriate level of safeguarding training for their role, and is the key point of contact for all staff concerning and safeguarding issues they may have. This policy will be subject to annual review.

If, following a conversation about child protection concerns with the child protection lead, a decision is made to report such concerns, these concerns will be passed onto the relevant person or organisation. However, where a child is in immediate need, to protect the child, the police should be called on 999.

Personal Information and Photos

  • Performing Arts East only allows photos and film to be taken on the dance school equipment and this is stored in a secure file until deleted.
  • Permission will be sought from the parents for use of photographic material featuring children for promotional or other purposes.
  • Children’s names will never appear next to photographs on line or in print unless permission is sought from parents prior.
  • Performing Arts East will ensure the safe handling, storage and disposal of any sensitive information such as criminal record disclosures and contact forms.

Productions

  • Performing Arts East will undertake a risk assessment and monitor risk throughout the production process.
  • Performing Arts East will identify at the outset the person with designated responsibility for child protection.
  • Engage in recruitment of chaperones and other individuals with responsibility for children, including appropriate vetting (if necessary in consultation with the local education authority).
  • Ensure that children are supervised at all times.
  • Know how to get in touch with the local authority social services, in case it needs to report a concern.
  • Performing Arts East believes it to be important that there is a partnership between parents and Staff members.
  • Parents are encouraged to be involved in the activities of the dance school and share in the responsibility for the care of children.
  • All parents have the responsibility to collect (or arrange collection of) their children after rehearsals or performances. It is NOT the responsibility of the Chaperones to take children home.
  • It is not the responsibility of the School or the Chaperones to provide children with food during rehearsals, shows or dance days. Parents should send children with appropriate meals and snacks.
  • If you have signed up for the show, you are then committing to the show and costs which will incur. Should you then decide to not take part you are not eligible to have a refund. If payment has not been made but you have agreed to participate, you will still owe the show fees for costumes and other fees which the dance school has already paid on your behalf, should this be relevant to your child.  
  • Performing Arts East will attempt to ensure that no adult has unsupervised contact with children during a performance or rehearsal.
  • Ratios of adults to children in the room will always be maintained at 12 – 1.
  • If unsupervised contact is unavoidable, steps will be taken to minimize risk. For example, work will be carried out in a public area, or in a designated room with a door open.
  • All licensed Chaperones will be required to obtain a criminal record disclosure.
  • All adults will maintain a safe and appropriate distance from children.
  • Adults will only touch children when it is absolutely necessary in relation to the particular activity.
  • Adults will seek the consent of the child prior to any physical contact and the purpose of the contact shall be made clear.