Policies, Terms and Conditions
By registering as a member of AMC School of Dance, you accept the following Policies, Terms and Conditions.
Payments and Cancellations
For AMC 'Tots' and 'Adult Classes' full payment for 6 week blocks is required before the block begins. For 'School of Dance' classes, payment for full terms is required within the first 2 weeks of term. Your space within the class is only confirmed once payment has been received.
Payment is accepted in the form of cash, card, cheque or BACS. Fees are non-refundable or transferable, even in the cases of pupil illness as our costs are fixed and have to be paid whether you attend or not. AMC School of Dance reserves the right to change fees or timetable without prior notice. However, we will endeavour to inform parents and guardians of any changes as soon as possible. Special events such as medal days, shows and dress rehearsals are charged and counted as classes - even if you/your child chooses not to take part.
No fee will be returned if a class is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions or any other circumstances outside of our control.
Members should arrive promptly, appropriately dressed, and attend classes regularly.
Physical contact maybe necessary when helping to demonstrate or correct.
It is important to drink fluids at regular intervals during physical exercise, please pack water for yourself/your child.
If mobile phones or any electrical equipment must be brought into the school, the use of any equipment will not be permitted during class and AMC School of Dance will not be responsible for any loss/broken personal property.
It is our policy that parents are welcome to sit in and watch all of our classes. However, if you are sitting in, please ensure that you do so quietly in order not to disrupt the classes. Please ensure any siblings are quiet and not running into our classes. Should yourself/siblings want to chat/play and stretch your legs, you are welcome to go into the Kitchen or Committee Room.
Pupils who have arrived early should also be very quiet. No tap shoes should be worn until it is time for your class.
Leaving Children in our Care
It is important that we are aware if you are leaving your child under age 16years in our care. We therefore require all parents dropping off children to physically sign them in and out at the AMC helpdesk. For our Senior pupils aged under 16, parents can opt out of this by providing written permission for pupils to arrive and leave classes without signing in or out.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
AMC School of Dance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff, visitors and parents to share this commitment. It is every dance schools statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, as outlined by the DFE in its publication Keeping Children Safe in Education. This means that the dance school must protect children from maltreatment, prevent impairment of children’s health or development, ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provisions of safe and effective care and take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes in life. Our safe guarding officer is Adele Clarke (Principal).
At AMC School of Dance we ensure that all members of staff and visitors who come into contact with the children and their families is clear on the role that they play in safeguarding children. We promote an ethos where children and parents feel comfortable sharing their concerns about their safety and well being of others.
Child protection is everybody’s responsibility and all people in the dance school community have a duty to act on any concern. If you are concerned about the safety of any child in our dance school, you must report this to the designated safeguarding lead – Adele Clarke. All staff members of our dance school wear a grey staff tshirt with their name and role on. This allows the staff, children and parents to know who the adults are in the dance school, ensuring that everyone feels safe. All staff that are over 18years of age hold a current, enhanced DBS certificate. There are at least 2 members of AMC School of Dance staff on site at all times during classes and no AMC member of staff under the age of 18 will ever be left with a child unsupervised (to protect everyone). Where possible, we encourage parents to take their own children to the toilet should they need assistance. For large performances, special events and trips - we follow the Child Performance License and registered Chapaerone rules and regulations set out by Leicestershire County Council.
Photos and Videos
Photographs must not be taken (or recordings made) whilst on site unless authorised by the dance school to do so, or it is quite clearly on only your own child. AMC are permitted to take our own photos and videos which we will post on our social media channels (as per our photogrpahy opt in/out policy below).
AMC recorded Photos and Videos
AMC School of Dance will ensure that each member has the opportunity to opt in or out of being in photos and videos taken by us and/or our professional videography or photography partners.
All members of the dance school community are expected to:
be responsible for their own actions and know how to behave.
show self-discipline and support others.
have good manners and be polite.
show understanding and respect towards each other and others’ property.
display positive attitudes to the school and staff team.
Should we believe that these standards are not being met, we will speak to the parent/guardian to try and resolves any issues. Should behaviour continue not to meet our expectations, our Principal reserves the right to ask that pupil to leave the school.
AMC School of Dance will comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Your registered First Aiders are Adele Clarke and Annabel Banks. First aid boxes are located within all of our venues, and a kit is also carried by Adele at all times.
Data Protection and GDPR
AMC keeps records of pupils on an online databases (Mailchimp and Wix - both GDPR compliant) with password protection for the purpose of efficiency and consistency of administration. They can be viewed by you at any time by any member of the AMC Admin team. These details will enable us to contact you in an emergency, send you information and updates, keep our class lists up to date, and enable us to take any injury/illness/medication stated into account or apply informed first aid when needed. We also periodically have to send the names, addresses and date of births of all 16 year olds to our local council in order to apply for performance licences or performance licence exemptions for shows and large performances. If you would like to opt of us doing this, and therefore those opportunities, please inform us in writing. Other than in this case, we will not share any of your personal details without your permission, aside from where the law allows. This complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the GDPR legislations.
Should you leave AMC School of Dance, your details will be permanently deleted within 1 year. You also have the right for to request your details be deleted at any time.
AMC School of Dance reserve the right to amend these policies, terms and conditions at any time, as long as notification of doing so is sent to all members.
Last amended: September 2019