Class Act Theatre School (CATS):
Terms and Conditions
Each child may attend one trial session – following this trial, a full or pro-rata term payment is due. CATS must be provided with sufficient contact, identification and health details to assume responsibility for your child during any class.
2. Joining Class Act Theatre School
Classes are purchased in a minimum block of 10 weeks. The classes will generally run consecutively and on occasions run during school holidays. If a child starts part way through a term, the pro-rata payment amount will be calculated for you. .
The full cost for each term must be paid within 14 days of the date that appears on the renewal letter issued at the end of each term. CATS fees may be paid via the following methods - cash, cheque or via internet banking. All deposits for any activity, costume or show are non-refundable. We regret that classes missed, for whatever reason, will not be refunded under any circumstances, Top up classes are available. You may pick up your missed class in any other CATS school. Please notify the Principal if you intend to come to another class. Top ups may only be taken in the current term.
All CATS teachers are fully qualified, DBS checked + insured. Due to the nature of teaching drama/movement, sometimes it is necessary to correct dance positions physically. This is always conducted with the utmost care and professionalism.
Parents have a responsibility to notify CATS of any illness and/or injury that may affect a child’s class. We do not accept liability for death or personal injury to any child attending class, whether organised by CATS or otherwise, with the exception of such injury being caused by negligence or fault of any member of CATS staff or any other default on the part of CATS. We do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to personal property. We do not accept responsibility for any loss or expense due to circumstances beyond our control including, transport, fire, weather and other such actions.
We reserve the right to cancel any classes anytime up to and including the date the activity starts. We only do this when every alternative has been examined. Occasionally it is necessary temporarily to change the venue of a class. Where this occurs, we will endeavour to notify pupils either by letter, word of mouth, internet or telephone.
Occasionally, photographs or filming may be taken during class/performance for publicity. By completing the Application form, at the point of joining CATS, you give consent to photos and filming, which will be kept secure and used only for CATS purposes. Please inform the Principal before any such event if you do not want your child to be involved in photos or filming. CATS has a zero tolerance on bullying, Should any child be found to be bullying they will be asked to leave. It is your responsibility to ensure that CATS have the correct details for you and your child and to keep CATS updated of any changes to health.
7. Opt-in/Data Protection
By completing the initial Application/Registration form, you will be indicating your consent (Opting in) to receiving e-mail information about classes and events in relation to CATS. Yours and your child’s personal information will be kept secure in accordance with CATS’ Data Protection Policy. You also consent to your child’s photograph being used in promotional material (see opt-out above). During show week, your contact details may be made available to our third party photographer – who will also keep this information secure.
8. Chaperoning at shows/events
During Dress Rehearsals and Show week CATS requires ALL parents to be available to Chaperone their own child at least twice. In addition CATS also invites all parents to become Licensed as official Chaperones via the appropriate Education Authority. This means that, should you proceed to become licensed, the parent will have attended a recognised Child Protection Course, undertaken an enhanced DBS check and received independent references. If you are able to give the time to become a Licensed Chaperone for CATS, please let the Principal know.
9. Commitment to CATS
To avoid conflicts of interest and to enhance CATS' spirit of collaboration, for as long as each child is a CATS member, we ask that each child does not attend any other Theatre/Drama School (this excludes dance schools, singing lessons or events run by the Education Authority).
Child Protection Policy
Class Act Theatre School have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for children all staff, chaperones, parents/legal guardians and volunteers accept their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse. This means to ensure that everyone follow procedures to protect children and report any concerns about their welfare to appropriate authorities.
There are three elements to our policy:-
The aim of the policy is to promote good practice, providing children and young people with appropriate safety/protection whilst in the care of Class Act Theatre School and to allow staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.
We recognise that the “entertainment industry” can be a very “adult” environment and we expect that all staff, chaperones, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and anyone else who comes into contact with children behave in an appropriate manner at all times, and remember that “The Welfare of the Child is Paramount”.
Class Act Theatre School will therefore:-
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect
A child is abused or neglected when somebody inflicts harm, or fails to act to prevent harm. A child or young person up to the age of 18 years can suffer abuse or neglect and require protection.
Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of ill treatment of a child, though it may occur alone
Legislation, Policy and Guidance
Class Act Theatre School will adhere to the relevant legislation when working with
children and young people under the age of 18 years as outlined in the following:
Suspicion of Abuse
Disclosure of Abuse
If a child tells you that they or another child or young person is being abused:-
• In all situations the details of allegation or reported incident must be recorded. Make accurate notes of time, dates, incident or disclosure, people involved, what was said and done and by whom, action taken to investigate, further action taken e.g. suspension of individual and if relevant: reasons why the matter was not referred to a statutory agency, name of person reporting and to whom it was reported
The record must be stored securely and shared only with those who need to know.
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