College Charter

The purpose of our charter:

  • To inform about the services we provide and the standards we expect.
  • To enable us to make continuing improvements and maintain high standards in all we do.

Our aims:
• We aim to provide a balanced curriculum that offers personal challenges, development and encourages self-discipline.
• We are determined to enhance our reputation as a college of high standards and excellent results.
• We strive to attract and retain staff of the highest calibre.

Our commitment to equal opportunities:
• We are committed to securing genuine equality of opportunity for all staff and students.
• Our underlying principle is for students of various ability and race to have an equal opportunity to fulfil their ambition of a career in dance and/or musical theatre.
• We are committed to achieving a welcoming and supportive environment for all staff, students and other users.

Our charter commitments to our students:

We will provide:
• Professional, committed and specialist staff.
• Appropriate facilities and learning resources for your course of study.
• A pleasant and caring environment where you will receive equal treatment in line with our equal opportunities statement.
• Advice and guidance in educational, career, financial and personal issues, with further referral where necessary.
• Clear and concise documentation on your rights and responsibilities.
• A prompt response to any problems relating to your studies at the College.
• Clear and fair complaints and disciplinary procedures.

Our charter commitments to parents: (students under the age of 18)

We will:
• Notify you, when appropriate, about your son or daughter’s attendance.
• Keep you informed of important dates and events in the life of the College.
• Make available all relevant inspection reports.
• Provide you with a prompt response to any queries regarding you son or daughter’s progress or well being.

Equal Opportunities Statement

Performers College is fully committed to the principles and practices of Equal Opportunities.

We believe that widening participation and life-long learning are an integral part of our purpose and therefore strive to create an environment in which all forms of prejudice and discrimination will not be tolerated. Staff and students are supported to achieve their maximum potential, irrespective of gender, race, age, culture, social class, disability, sexuality or sexual orientation.

Performers College accepts that there is a need for an Equal Opportunities policy to ensure that individuals and groups of individuals are not disadvantaged on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.

No job applicant, employee, student or prospective student should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of the above, and no conditions should be imposed that cannot be justified on work or educationally related grounds. Regular monitoring will ensure that selection and promotion are carried out solely on the basis of their relevant aptitude, qualifications, skills, abilities and experiences.

This policy is applicable to all staff, students and prospective/potential staff and students.

Every member of staff and every student has a responsibility to ensure that Equal Opportunities is part of the culture of the College. Staff and management have a specific duty to actively promote Equal Opportunities within the College.

Disability Statement

Performers College recognises that people with disabilities and learning difficulties experience discrimination within society. The College is committed to providing equality of opportunity to all who study and work at the College. Our aim is to ensure that all our students can participate fully in all aspects of College life.

Disability is defined in section 1 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as follows:

A person has a disability if she or he has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The term “physical impairment” includes sensory impairment e.g. loss of hearing, visual impairment etc. It includes disfigurement and people with a history of disability.

The term “mental impairment” covers impairments relating to mental functioning, including clinically recognised mental illness and learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia.

At Performers College we welcome people from all sections of the community. We undertake a full individual analysis into a student’s physical restrictions, as well as his/her strengths to determine their suitability for the very demanding physical nature of the course.

It may be the case that an individual would endanger his/her personal safety or that of other members of the class and so should be precluded from undertaking either the course or a particular activity on the grounds of health and safety.

Performers College realises that any student who has a disability or learning difficulty may need special consideration or additional support in order to succeed within the course. We recognise that these needs are individual and we aim to ensure that all students have the support necessary for their individual needs.

We ensure all staff are aware that they must not treat students with disabilities more or less favourably than other students simply because of their disability.

Our overriding teaching approach is that, so far as possible, all students should be afforded the same treatment.

ACCESS POLICY

Performers College is committed to a well established policy of widening access and participation to all its courses and actively seeks to recruit students from all areas of the community, including those from deprived social areas, minority and ethnic groups and those with disabilities. The College welcomes a diversity of backgrounds and experience in its learning community. Performers College buildings are fully accessible to all users and the College aims to ensure that all students can benefit from training in premises that meet their needs.

Widening participation and Equality and Diversity are central to our mission.

PERFORMERS COLLEGE CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGUARDING POLICY 2015

Performers College believes that it is always unacceptable for a child, young adult or vulnerable adult to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults, by a commitment to practice a good solid system of safeguarding.
Definition: for the purposes of this policy and procedure children are defined in the Children Act of 1989 as a person under the age of 18 years. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 defines a “vulnerable adult” as a person aged 18 years and over and;

• Receiving a social care service
• Receiving a health service
• Living in sheltered accommodation
• Detained in custody or under a probation order
• Requiring assistance in the conduct of his/her affairs
• Receiving a service or participating in an activity targeted at older people, people with disabilities or with physical or mental health conditions

We recognise that:

• The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
• All children, young people & vulnerable adults, 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
• Students and staff need to feel confident that they can study and work in an environment where they feel safe, respected and listened to, and where they can be confident to speak out and know they will be heard

The purpose of the policy:

• To provide protection for children, young people and vulnerable adults who use the College
• To provide staff with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child, young person or vulnerable adult may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.

The Policy applies to all staff and students, and anyone working on behalf of Performers College.

We will seek to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults by:

• Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
• Recruiting staff safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
• Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with staff and students
• Providing effective management for staff through support and training.

Performers College has four designated staff trained in Advanced Safeguarding, Tracey Lee, Sarah Thorne, Tony Parrie and Eileen Thorogood, and all incidents and concerns should be reported to one of them. The desiganted Safeguarding Officers are responsible for monitoring and managing incidents or concerns and liaising with relevant safeguarding agencies. Performers College, aims to meet legislative requirements and good practice in safeguarding.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.