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Parent – Mrs Stevens

A highlight for our girls has been participating in the beautiful shows; The Wizard of Oz, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty to name a few and we the parents have had fun too getting involved backstage.  Lovely memories for all the family.

Fees

Fees are paid termly and are calculated by multiplying the lesson fee by the number of weeks in a term.  Normally, each term is between 10 and 12 weeks and the class rate, which maybe increase each year is as follows:

 
 

Terms & Conditions

The following bullet points identify the main term’s and condition’s set out by Kingston Ballet School,

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  • Invoices will be issued by email before the start of each term.  Accounts must be settled on or before the first lesson of term by Bacs or cash payment.  After 28 days, late payments will incur a 5% administration fee   

  • After registration, students will be automatically enrolled for subsequent terms.

 

  •  If you wish to withdraw from classes half a term’s written notice must be given or half a term’s fees will be charged.

  • Refunds will not be given for illness, holidays, or unavoidable absences.  This is in line with other performing arts-based schools and is necessary to cover our overheads.  

  • A 10% discount is given to siblings and for participation in multiple classes.

  • If it is necessary for Kingston Ballet School to cancel classes a refund for that lesson will be given or a replacement class will be held.

 

TESTIMONIALS

A highlight for our girls has been participating in the beautiful shows; The Wizard of Oz, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty to name a few and we the parents have had fun too getting involved backstage.  Lovely memories for all the family.

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Parent of grade 5 pupil

The teaching is of a high technical standard but carried out so kindly that the children really enjoy themselves while learning.

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Parent of primary pupil

I loved being in the show because it was really fun.  I loved doing my hair, getting ready in my costume and practising my part

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Grade 1 student

I really enjoy my classes because the teachers are really kind and they are really fun.

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Grade 1 student

My daughter has really enjoyed her ballet lessons.  There is a great sense of camaraderie amongst the pupils  in her class, particularly in the run up to a show.  Miss Louise is a competent and very caring teacher who has high standards and manages to bring out lovely performances in her children.  We have been very impressed.

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Parent of grade 4 pupil

My daughter really enjoys her weekly ballet lessons with Miss Lauren.  The classes have inspired in her a real passion for dance which is wonderful to see grow and develop.

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Parent of grade 2 pupil

My daughter, Erin, has been attending weekly ballet classes with Miss Lauren for a year and a half and is currently working towards the Primary in Dance RAD exam. Miss Lauren's teaching combines a fun, welcoming atmosphere with a thorough and disciplined approach to learning. I've been impressed by how confidently Erin is able to demonstrate what she's learning, and also by the way Miss Lauren encourages the students to use and develop their imaginative and interpretative skills, especially with regard to thinking musically. Erin has already taken part in one whole-school show, which was a wonderful opportunity for her to take inspiration from older students and to feel part of the Kingston Ballet School community.

In the current COVID-19 era, Erin has benefitted hugely from weekly online classes with Miss Lauren, both as a way of having regular contact with her classmates and as an opportunity to learn. Though no-one could pretend it's an exact substitute for "normal" classes, Miss Lauren uses the technology really expertly to provide lessons that challenge and develop Erin, all with the same warmth and rigour that is so evident in her face to face teaching.

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Parent of primary pupil

My daughter has been enjoying lessons at Kingston Ballet School for 13 years, and participating over the last few years, when school life has become increasingly pressured, the lessons have been the highlight of her week.
The enigmatic and talented teachers inspire such a love of dance in all their classes – ballet, modern and tap, that no matter how tired or stressed my daughter goes into a lesson, she always comes out more relaxed and much happier.
The Ballet Shows are so incredible that it is difficult to praise them adequately.  The costumes, scenery and organisation are so professional it is mind-blowing, whilst the choreography and quality of dancing is breath-taking – it can be hard to picture that your little three year old cygnet will one day dance like the older swans, but I’ve seen enough shows to know that they always do.


But in addition to all this, is the sense of family that is engendered in the school.  The love that Louise Jefferson and her wonderful staff have for each of their pupils is so evident in the gentle but firm discipline, the expectation that pupils do their best in lessons, the compassion for pupils as they go through life’s inevitable ups and downs and the respect they give and teach their pupils to give to each other.


I regularly thank my lucky stars that we chose to join Kingston Ballet School, and whole heartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a top-quality dance school.

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Parent of vocational pupil

Covid – 19: Student and Parent Guidelines

 

We are delighted to resume face to face lessons this September and we are looking forward to seeing you all and begin dancing again in the studio.  Working with the required government guidelines, measures have been introduced to ensure everyone’s safety and to ensure a Covid-secure environment for students, parents and teachers. This guide will help us all work together to protect each other and keep everyone safe.

Covid-19 Guidelines

Ballet Exams


Students are entered for ballet exams after approximately four to five terms for study and when their teacher feels they are ready to undertake an examination.
Exams days are a special moment for our young dancers, after working hard to improve their dancing to reach exam standard, the children arrive at the exam venue and undertake the special preparations of a ballerina, having their hair beautifully prepared in a bun with ribbons and putting on their ballet clothes with sparkling clean shoes. The dressing room is full of excitement and expectation.
The students enter the exam room with their friends and demonstrate a mixture of exercises and dances unaided. The examiner from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) conducts the exam and assesses the students for technique, musicality, and performance skills. They are awarded a grading (pass, merit or distinction) certificate, report and medal. Each grade is recognised by Ofqual and UCAS points are awarded for the higher grades.
Kingston Ballet School (KBS) has to adhere to the terms and conditions laid down by the RAD which include a minimum age requirement. They also specify an approximate number of hours of study and in order to meet these requirements students are required to attend seven or eight extra lessons in the term of their exam. If dancers are unable to commit to these extra lessons, regrettably they will be unable to take the exam. It is important that not only are the students technically prepared, but also, they are confident in performing the exercises and dances independently and without help. The required extra lessons help considerably in equipping the dancers with the skills necessary to achieve well in the exam, to dance confidently and have pride in their work.
The RAD also offers Class Awards as an alternative to an exam. In a Class Award the students enter the exam room with their friends and their teacher. The teacher conducts the class with the examiner observing. Some students are more suited to the class award environment; there is slightly less pressure on the students as their teacher is present and they do not require extra lessons to prepare. However, the excitement and preparation on the exam day is the same and the children have a good sense of achievement when completing the award receiving a certificate, report and medal (there is no grading given for a class award). Your teacher will guide you on the most appropriate form of assessment for your child, either class award or exam.
When entering students of exams KBS must abide by the strict closing dates of the Royal Academy of Dance, therefore it is necessary that exam fees are paid in full by the deadline provided in order to secure your child’s entry. Late entries will not be accepted by the RAD. Exam fees are determined by the RAD with additional overhead costs for the exam (studio hire, music technician and teacher fees) added by the school.
It is really important to Kingston Ballet School that exams are a happy and fulfilling experience, where students can gain a great sense of satisfactory and pride in their dancing, a reward for their hard-work and commitment.
For more information about Royal Academy of Dance exams please visit the RAD Website www.rad.org.uk
Modern and Tap exam
These exams follow the same principles as ballet exams, but the examination board is the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Extra lessons are also required in the term of the examination and again we have to follow the guidelines set out by the ISTD. For more information about the Imperial exams please visit their website www.istd.org




GDPR


Kingston Ballet School complies with all regulations of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR, May 2018) and Data Protection Act (2018). In order to provide an efficient and helpful service Kingston Ballet School will collect data regarding to pupil’s names, dates of birth, contact details (address, telephone and email) and medical information. This information is collected electronically during enrolment and is held on a secure device.


Kingston Ballet School needs to collect this data in order to provide the best possible service in being able to contact you in an emergency, safe-guard pupils and communicate with you about Kingston Ballet School activities and classes. Data will be used to create class lists, registers, and invoicing; only the school principal has access to this. Hard-copy registers will be provided for class teachers with pupil’s names, date of birth and emergency contact numbers. Where necessary class teachers will be informed of a child’s medical conditions where it might affect their participation in an activity.

Where Kingston Ballet School wishes to share your child’s name in a show programme or newsletters to celebrate their achievements you will be asked for consent. You will also be asked for separate consent to use your child’s photograph for programmes, marketing, and promotional material. Data will also be shared with authorities if it is considered that your child is in need of medical attention or at risk, in line with our legal responsibilities of safeguarding pupils.

Both the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing require candidate’s personal data for the purpose of entering an exam. They will need to know your child’s name, date of birth, gender and medical information if the child needs additional support in the exam. We do not pass on any parental details, address or contact details.
Under UK law, parental consent will always expire when the child reaches the age of understanding – or the age at which they can consent for themselves. In the UK this is deemed to be 13 years of age as long as they are capable of understanding consent. As such we will also collect consent from any children over 13 regarding their data use.

Under GDPR you have the right to view the information held about you and correct any data that is not accurate. The Information Commissioner’s website has a list of rights granted to you ( https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/) If you have any questions about the use of your data or wish to view or make changes to the data held about you please contact the school principal, Louise Jefferson.




Safeguarding


Kingston Ballet School takes the well-being and safety of its students very seriously and follow the government’s Safeguarding and child Protection Policy to ensure our ‘duty of care to all students. All staff undergo safe-guarding and child protection training every year.

Every member of staff follows the Royal Academy of Dance’s Professional Code of Conduit and are registered teachers of the RAD (RTS) guaranteeing they are fully trained and qualified in their areas of expertise. Each staff member is required to hold an enhanced DBS certificate and have regular First Aid training.

It is of paramount importance to us that each child feels safe and secure in our classes and leaves every lesson smiling.

The school’s designated safe-guarding officer is the principal, Louise Jefferson. Please do contact me if you have any questions about the health, safety, or well-being of our students.

Kingston Ballet School holds an up-to date Public liability Certificate.
Please note, at Kingston Ballet School we use a hands-on teaching method to enable our dancers to understand positions more effectively to give them the best possible training. If you have any concerns, please contact the principal.





 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ballet Exams


Students are entered for ballet exams after approximately four to five terms for study and when their teacher feels they are ready to undertake an examination.
Exams days are a special moment for our young dancers, after working hard to improve their dancing to reach exam standard, the children arrive at the exam venue and undertake the special preparations of a ballerina, having their hair beautifully prepared in a bun with ribbons and putting on their ballet clothes with sparkling clean shoes. The dressing room is full of excitement and expectation.
The students enter the exam room with their friends and demonstrate a mixture of exercises and dances unaided. The examiner from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) conducts the exam and assesses the students for technique, musicality, and performance skills. They are awarded a grading (pass, merit or distinction) certificate, report and medal. Each grade is recognised by Ofqual and UCAS points are awarded for the higher grades.
Kingston Ballet School (KBS) has to adhere to the terms and conditions laid down by the RAD which include a minimum age requirement. They also specify an approximate number of hours of study and in order to meet these requirements students are required to attend seven or eight extra lessons in the term of their exam. If dancers are unable to commit to these extra lessons, regrettably they will be unable to take the exam. It is important that not only are the students technically prepared, but also, they are confident in performing the exercises and dances independently and without help. The required extra lessons help considerably in equipping the dancers with the skills necessary to achieve well in the exam, to dance confidently and have pride in their work.
The RAD also offers Class Awards as an alternative to an exam. In a Class Award the students enter the exam room with their friends and their teacher. The teacher conducts the class with the examiner observing. Some students are more suited to the class award environment; there is slightly less pressure on the students as their teacher is present and they do not require extra lessons to prepare. However, the excitement and preparation on the exam day is the same and the children have a good sense of achievement when completing the award receiving a certificate, report and medal (there is no grading given for a class award). Your teacher will guide you on the most appropriate form of assessment for your child, either class award or exam.
When entering students of exams KBS must abide by the strict closing dates of the Royal Academy of Dance, therefore it is necessary that exam fees are paid in full by the deadline provided in order to secure your child’s entry. Late entries will not be accepted by the RAD. Exam fees are determined by the RAD with additional overhead costs for the exam (studio hire, music technician and teacher fees) added by the school.
It is really important to Kingston Ballet School that exams are a happy and fulfilling experience, where students can gain a great sense of satisfactory and pride in their dancing, a reward for their hard-work and commitment.
For more information about Royal Academy of Dance exams please visit the RAD Website www.rad.org.uk
Modern and Tap exam
These exams follow the same principles as ballet exams, but the examination board is the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Extra lessons are also required in the term of the examination and again we have to follow the guidelines set out by the ISTD. For more information about the Imperial exams please visit their website www.istd.org




GDPR


Kingston Ballet School complies with all regulations of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR, May 2018) and Data Protection Act (2018). In order to provide an efficient and helpful service Kingston Ballet School will collect data regarding to pupil’s names, dates of birth, contact details (address, telephone and email) and medical information. This information is collected electronically during enrolment and is held on a secure device.


Kingston Ballet School needs to collect this data in order to provide the best possible service in being able to contact you in an emergency, safe-guard pupils and communicate with you about Kingston Ballet School activities and classes. Data will be used to create class lists, registers, and invoicing; only the school principal has access to this. Hard-copy registers will be provided for class teachers with pupil’s names, date of birth and emergency contact numbers. Where necessary class teachers will be informed of a child’s medical conditions where it might affect their participation in an activity.

Where Kingston Ballet School wishes to share your child’s name in a show programme or newsletters to celebrate their achievements you will be asked for consent. You will also be asked for separate consent to use your child’s photograph for programmes, marketing, and promotional material. Data will also be shared with authorities if it is considered that your child is in need of medical attention or at risk, in line with our legal responsibilities of safeguarding pupils.

Both the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing require candidate’s personal data for the purpose of entering an exam. They will need to know your child’s name, date of birth, gender and medical information if the child needs additional support in the exam. We do not pass on any parental details, address or contact details.
Under UK law, parental consent will always expire when the child reaches the age of understanding – or the age at which they can consent for themselves. In the UK this is deemed to be 13 years of age as long as they are capable of understanding consent. As such we will also collect consent from any children over 13 regarding their data use.

Under GDPR you have the right to view the information held about you and correct any data that is not accurate. The Information Commissioner’s website has a list of rights granted to you ( https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/) If you have any questions about the use of your data or wish to view or make changes to the data held about you please contact the school principal, Louise Jefferson.




Safeguarding


Kingston Ballet School takes the well-being and safety of its students very seriously and follow the government’s Safeguarding and child Protection Policy to ensure our ‘duty of care to all students. All staff undergo safe-guarding and child protection training every year.

Every member of staff follows the Royal Academy of Dance’s Professional Code of Conduit and are registered teachers of the RAD (RTS) guaranteeing they are fully trained and qualified in their areas of expertise. Each staff member is required to hold an enhanced DBS certificate and have regular First Aid training.

It is of paramount importance to us that each child feels safe and secure in our classes and leaves every lesson smiling.

The school’s designated safe-guarding officer is the principal, Louise Jefferson. Please do contact me if you have any questions about the health, safety, or well-being of our students.

Kingston Ballet School holds an up-to date Public liability Certificate.
Please note, at Kingston Ballet School we use a hands-on teaching method to enable our dancers to understand positions more effectively to give them the best possible training. If you have any concerns, please contact the principal.