All account holders agree to these terms and conditions under contract with the Manor School of Ballet upon signing the agreement on the registration form when applying to join the school. We regret that refusal to sign the registration form at the time of enrolling would mean non eligibility to join. You are contractually bound to these terms and conditions from the date that we issue your first invoice, after the trial period.
ENROLMENT & REGISTRATION
New pupils wishing to join the school must first complete the registration process prior to attending class. The only exemptions made are scheduled adult drop in classes where payment is made on the door and no contract is necessary. A legal guardian is required to complete the school registration form before the first trial class is taken and this must be handed to the staff on duty at the agreed designated class. A registration fee may also be required and this will be requested upon enquiry. Any pupil arriving for classes that has not registered with the school office will not be permitted into class. Please note - once you have completed the enrolment process and started classes you do not require to re-enrol each term or for every academic year. Your child's place automatically continues as they progress through their training.
FEES & CHARGES
Class fees must be paid in advance of the block start dates which are invoiced three times in the academic year. This secures the pupils place in class. A late charge of £10.00 is added to any account that has caused us to issue more than one reminder letter and withdrawal from the school would follow shortly after with further non-payment. Please note that this could mean re-joining the waiting lists. A charge of £10.00 is added to any account where payment has been made by cheque and is subsequently returned from the bank. Applications for examination, scholarships or performances will not be accepted unless class fees are paid up to date.
ABSENCES FROM CLASS
Absences are not credited when classes are missed and notification is not necessary. Periods of long absence may be credited to your account for a minimum of three or more consecutive lessons. Notification must be made in writing by the account holder to the school office prior to the absences. Late notification submitted after absences will only be credited at the discretion of the School Directors.
We require six weeks paid notice and written confirmation to the school office by the named account holder when withdrawing from any class. Avoidance of non-payment for accounts left open may be passed to debt collection authorities. The School directors reserve the right to ask any pupil to leave if deemed necessary.
We will hold your address details, contact numbers and pupil particulars on our secure database during the time you hold an active account. We will not share your details with any other party at any time. It is your responsibility to inform the school office of any change to your details.
DRESS CODE & CLASS CONDUCT
All pupils must dress appropriately for class at all times. Long hair must be worn in a bun and short hair in a head band with fringes clipped back. Jewellery and watches are not permitted in class. Class uniform is required in all classes and must be Manor School approved uniform. Only new pupils are exempt from wearing uniform during a reasonable period while settling into class. Food and drinks are not permitted in the studios. Pupils must be respectful and courteous to fellow students and teaching staff at all times. Teachers reserve the right to refuse a pupil to participate in class if they are dressed or behaving inappropriately.
HOLIDAYS & TERM DATES
The school year is divided in to three blocks of twelve weeks. As public holidays differ, we do not observe any of the Monday Holidays. Holidays are taken at Christmas, Easter and summer and two mid-term holiday breaks of one week each in February and October. Current term dates can be found on the school website and on your latest invoice along with any amendments. Due to church commitments at our branch schools it can become necessary to alter term dates from time to time and advance notification is usually given prior to the start of term.
For health and safety reasons it may be necessary for us to close the school at short notice. This decision would only be taken in extreme circumstances, for instance, very heavy snow fall where roads and pathways may become dangerous. Notification will be made by local radio announcements, our phone answering service, Facebook and Twitter. Please note on these very rare occasions classes will not be refunded and only if possible will be replaced later in the academic year.
Safe practice is conducted and expected in all our classes and pupils participate at their own risk. It is the responsibility of the pupil or parent to inform the teaching staff of any injury or medical condition prior to participating in class if the information is not already supplied to the school office.
Property and belongings are brought to and / or left at the school entirely at the pupils own risk. We highly recommend that all garments are clearly named and any valuables are taken into class and not left in the changing rooms which are not staffed. The school will accept no liability for loss or damage to any property or belongings.
APPLICATION TO EVENTS
When pupils are due for examination or performance we will notify you in writing. Application letters are issued in classes and marked on the registers when they are distributed. All our application letters have strict closing dates for entry. These given dates are the last possible time that we will accept the application under any circumstance. This is usually because we are dealing with large numbers of applicants and very tight deadlines. It is your responsibility to make sure that any applications are returned on time. Our staff will not be held accountable for any disappointment incurred. Scholarship applications are not freely distributed to all pupils and eligible candidates wishing to audition must collect the application form from their class teacher.
We have long term good relationships at all of our rented accommodation where we operate our branch schools. In addition to our own terms and conditions we expect all our clients, pupils and parents to adhere to the rules and regulations that may be set by the individual sites where we are guests. Branch information is subject to change but we will inform you of any important information through our newsletters, website, Facebook and Twitter.
Parking, dropping off and collecting pupils by car is not permitted in the grounds at any of our Edinburgh locations. These rulings are made by the individual churches who wish to protect their infrastructure. It is also considered a matter of safety where children are coming and going from classes. We will terminate any contract where this external request is being ignored. On street parking is always available nearby and we request full co-operation at the times we are in residence.
RIGHT TO WORK
All our staff and volunteers have the given right to work without the fear of abuse. Any person that behaves in a threatening manner or attacks our staff be it verbally or physically will be immediately asked to leave. We will not hesitate to report any misconduct and proceed to prosecute where necessary.
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy Statement
The Manor School of Ballet recognises and acknowledges it has a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and is committed to ensuring its safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice. The school recognises that the welfare and interests of children are of paramount importance in all circumstances and will aim to ensure that all children & young people regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or social economic background - 1. Have a positive and enjoyable experience of dance at The Manor School of Ballet in a safe, secure and friendly environment. 2. Are protected from abuse whilst participating in any of our classes, workshops, summer schools, birthday parties, shows or displays or whilst in our direct care. The Manor School of Ballet acknowledges that all children can be vulnerable to abuse and accepts responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare. As part of our commitment to safeguarding children the Manor School of Ballet will: 1. Promote & prioritise the safety & wellbeing of children & young people. 2. Ensure that our staff are provided with regular child protection training & learning opportunities to recognise, identify & respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children & young people. 3. Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents or concerns of abuse and support is provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern. 4. Prevent the employment of unsuitable individuals. 5. Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation and are regularly reviewed. The policies & procedures promoted by the Manor school of Ballet are mandatory for everyone involved in the school and failure to comply with the procedures will be addressed immediately without delay and may result in exclusion from the school. Policies are reviewed annually or in the following circumstances: 1. Changes in legislation. 2. With UK / Scottish government guidance. 3. As result of any other significant change or event. (Reviewed July 2016)
Class Procedure Policy
The Manor School of Ballet teaching staff will assume responsibility for the safety and well being of students from the time they are handed over from the parent/guardian at the start of a class. They will hold this responsibility until the class ends and until they ensure that each student has been collected by their parent/guardian. Parents/guardians are responsible for the behaviour, safety and wellbeing of students out with the dance studios and on the premises where branches are being held. Access to the changing areas is provided for all parents/guardians of junior school pupils, as the school recognises the right of every child to have a responsible adult to provide appropriate help and care prior to the start of class and after the pupils leave the class. At our junior branches and in our main school during the times of our junior school classes (up to & including Grade 2 level) where mixed changing areas are available, parents/guardians can choose to a) Change their children at home and arrive ready for class. b) Use the mixed changing areas available to all families or c) Use a private changing area in nearby first aid rooms or toilets (depending on the available facilities at individual sites). At our branches and at the main school where classes are held for senior pupils (from Grade 3 level and above) who are less likely to require help and supervision from a parent/guardian, adults collecting these pupils are asked to respect their right to privacy and to remain in waiting areas out with the changing rooms. Separate changing rooms for male/female students are or will be provided for senior pupils. The Manor School of Ballet expects everyone associated with it, staff, volunteers, parents, guardians and pupils to respect the different views and beliefs that may be held and to treat everyone with due care, consideration and respect at all times. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to look after personal property when attending classes and we highly recommend that ballet uniform, shoes and personal belongings are clearly named or labelled correctly. (Reviewed July 2016)