Our Family- Student Welfare
Here at D&B School of Performing Arts we are passionate about every student. Our selective intake, combined with our excellent pastoral care, gives our performing arts school a real ‘family’ atmosphere.
We pride ourselves on providing a well rounded education for students wishing to pursue a professional career in the performing arts. Our Diploma in Musical Theatre is more than an education in the three pillars of singing, dance and acting. We take the time to nurture imaginative, confident artists, for a bright future in the performing arts.
Students have access to continual pastoral care and receive individual tutorials three times a year with the school principals. Our ethos ensures that all students and teachers are treated with respect and care. A team of dedicated staff work alongside student representatives to closely monitor the well-being of all of the students.
The school’s ‘open door’ policy allows students to fully communicate with their peers and staff and they are encouraged to express and discuss any difficulties they may be experiencing. The school also has information on a range of specialist agencies involved with the care and welfare of young people.
All students must register with their own general medical practitioner near to their place of London residence for the treatment of everyday health problems. We provide training in regards to injury prevention and employ dedicated and caring staff. We hold a weekly injury triage with our anatomy specialist Stephanie De’Ath (MSc in Dance Science) who advises students on exercises to aid recovery as well as devising a treatment plan with external physiotherapists, doctors and osteopaths if required.
We are extremely proud to be offering a pioneering healthcare plan for our students in conjunction with OneDanceUK which allows them to seek private physiotherapy treatment as well as osteophathy, mental health practitioners and a wide range of dance specific care. This healthcare plan is at a heavily subsidised rate and we are so pleased to be able to offer this to our students and staff.
There is a specialist NHS physiotherapist service specifically for dancers and we can give the students details of this clinic should they wish to attend. Students would need to ask their GP for a referral and this service is free on the NHS. Sometimes there can be a wait for services like this on the NHS, so students are strongly advised to take out private medical insurance to speed up treatment should they find they need it.
We also have a qualified sports injury masseuse on the faculty who can offer heavily discounted sports massage here at the studios on an appointment basis.
Students and parents are reminded that the fees for all specialist treatments are their responsibility.
Finding the right accommodation is of vital importance for any student. Whilst we offer every assistance to students by putting them in touch with other students who have rooms to rent, or are looking for housemates, host families and local estate agents, it is the responsibility of parents and students to find their own accommodation.
We will continue to offer advice and support to all students in regards to their living arrangements throughout their training.
We are fortunate to be located in Greater London, close enough to commute quickly to theatres and auditions, but far enough out for students to find more affordable housing. We are only a short train ride from the centre of the West End and regularly organise low-cost theatre trips with our teacher-led ‘Skint Club’.
If you use public transport to commute to our School of Performing Arts, you may want to apply for a student Oyster Card. It saves you 30% on travel cards and bus passes, and can also be used as a normal Oyster card. A normal Oyster card costs £2 and is much easier and cheaper to get if you’re a frequent user of the tubes or buses.
Copies of the D&B School of Performing Arts policies are available to successful full-time course candidates. To see a copy of our access, disability, equal opportunities and safeguarding statements, please click here.
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“"There's no place like it. Where you feel completely accepted, and the whole faculty work together to help each individual achieve their dreams"”
“"When I arrived at D&B I had never danced before. I was fortunate to have the most incredible teachers who pushed me and gave me opportunities to test my skills every step of the way. Without the overwhelming support and guidance I got from D&B, I wouldn't be where I am now"”
“"The care that Donna and Bonnie give to every pupil is second to none and what they did for me as a youngster was priceless. I'm so excited to be able to support a student through their training with the help of the Marvin Humes Scholarship."”
“"I loved the focused attention and care that I was given by my tutors. I always felt totally supported throughout my time at the college and since graduating."”
“"The training and support I got from D&B helped me to get where I am today. I'm so thankful for the opportunities that they gave me."”
“"D&B provided me with every tool I needed to pursue a career in the West End."”