Our fee procedure is designed to be as affordable as possible, whilst giving children flexibility in their classes and schedules
How often do I pay my fees?
Unlike most schools that require a term’s fees in advance, our fees are paid monthly.
When are fees due?
Fees are due on the 20th of every month to cover classes for the whole of the next month. For example, you would pay your fees to cover classes for the whole month of November on the 20th October.
We do not charge for the month of August. Fees for September are collected on 20th July. No payment is collected in September.
What about months when there are fewer classes than others?
To keep things straightforward our fees are calculated on an annual basis, and split between 11 monthly payments – we do not charge for the month of August. There are 39 weeks of classes per year.
This avoids confusion caused by changing the fees every month depending on how many classes are in that particular calendar month. This also means we do not offer reductions for months with less than four classes, or charge more for months with extra classes.
What happens if I miss a class?
We do not refund classes in case of any absence, including sickness, holidays, auditions or professional work secured by the child. We would, of course refund any class that was cancelled by us.
What happens if I pay my fees late?
If fees are are not paid by the 20th of the month, you will pay a 15% surcharge to cover extra administration costs. Obviously if fees have not been paid, then children will not be allowed to participate in classes.
Please be aware there is a minimum charge of £10 for every returned cheque.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Fees are paid through Go Cardless, a direct debit that comes out of your account on the 20th of every month. You should register your payment details at reception. If not, you will need to request an email invitation from a member of the team. This must be completed before your child is able to attend classes.
Payment for your first ever classes and registration fee will need to be paid via card ahead of the direct debit being set-up.
Is there a joining fee?
A registration fee of £30 will be due on joining to secure a place for your child.
What should I do if I want to stop one or all of my classes?
We require one month’s written notice (an email or letter) as you pay your last months fees, to stop one or more of your classes. For example, if you gave in written notice at the end of September, fees for October would still be due. Of course we would always be happy to welcome pupils back should they wish to return.
In case of a full school closure
If the school is asked to close for reasons beyond our control then no refund will be given- classes will instead move online. We will be in touch via email should this happen.
What people say about D&B
“D&B reinforced all the qualities we were trying to instil. Self belief, confidence, respect, discipline, teamwork and a very happy childhood”
“Neve has been attending a variety of classes at D&B since the age of three, that’s over twelve years of excellent training with some of the best teachers in the business. D&B is her second family and she loves all of the friends that she has made over the years – they have common interests and goals and always support and encourage each other. Neve enjoys weekly classes in ballet, tap, modern, acting and private singing, but her Saturday combination class is her favourite. Here she is able to learn with friends, in a fun and exuberant atmosphere whilst honing her skills in all areas of theatre. The years of teaching have not only awarded her the necessary attributes to pursue a career in the arts but it has also given her life skills which are transferable to all walks of life, such as confidence, self-expression and creativity. We look forward to many more years of training, performances and friendships with the team at D&B”
“I send my children to nurture their natural talents in this formidable company. My son is doing well in drama school for older kids, and my little girl who is five has more discipline and better behaviour since joining Preparatory Tap and Ballet. Thank you!”
“Our children absolutely love going to D&B, it’s the highlight of their week! The classes are structured and the teachers are very experienced and friendly. All the staff go out of their way to answer our questions and give any advice needed. Donna and Bonnie are so hands on and have a wealth of experience. The agency is brilliant too! They are so supportive and always have the children’s best interests at heart. Within months of joining our son appeared in a number of episodes of a tv drama series, he has also had the opportunity to experience voice over work! This has been fabulous for him and he has enjoyed every second of it!”
“D&B is and has been part of our family for many years,with one daughter in college & one in theatre school we get to enjoy all D&B has to offer, Amazing guidance from Fabulous teachers, Every child’s talent is recognised in different areas & I really feel my children are getting the best at D&B. From Nylah: I wish I could go to D&B every day because I love being there it’s so much fun it’s my favourite place to see all my friends. We are a gigantic family”
“My daughter has been at D & B for just over three years, she has flourished under the tuition of such nurturing, fun encouraging and professional teachers, she has learned to dance and taken numerous exams in singing, acting ballet, tap and modern, and loves every single minute, she has gained confidence with the help of her teachers and is motivated to make this her career. The highlight has always been the Saturday School, and the show every two years is outstanding. The guidance given is second to none.”
“Having been a D&B girl myself and witnessing first hand the magic of the theatre school, it was only natural to encourage both of my children to join. Through D&B I made some of my fondest memories and friendships that have stood the test of time. D&B will enhance your skill, bring out the best of your personality but most importantly become your second family!”
“Naoma has been attending D&B drama school for the last 4 years, she still loves attending and has not lost her enthusiasm for acting. Naoma aspires to become a professional actress. She see D&B as an extended family and loves her teacher Alex.”