Code of Conduct

Our Mission Statement

The Stage Factory is a friendly, fun and competitive dance school providing high quality tuition across a wide variety of dance styles.  We provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can build their confidence, independence and lifelong friendships.  Enjoyment is at the heart of everything we do and our disciplined and supportive teaching provides safe and effective progressions to promote a strong, healthy body and mind.

We want our Stage Factory family to be the best they can be!

Attendance & Punctuality

  • If your child is to miss any classes or rehearsals for holidays, school activities, etc, please let us know in advance so that we can record it on our system.
  • Children who regularly miss class in the run up to exams, shows, competitions, etc may be removed from that event at the discretion of the teacher.
  • If your child is sick or is unable to attend at the last minute, please inform us by sending a text to 07913 384766 .
  • Children should be ready to dance in their uniform and relevant footwear at their class start times.  Punctuality is very important and lateness can result in a child getting behind with their classwork or not being properly warmed-up.

Discipline

  • Pupils are expected to behave in an orderly, civilised and well-mannered way and to show respect to their teachers and fellow pupils when attending Stage Factory classes and events.
  • Encourage your child to learn the rules of the school and perform within them.
  • Failure to comply with the rules and regulations may result in withdrawal from the dance school.
  • Parents should discourage challenging and inappropriate conduct towards teachers and other pupils by their child.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance and progression both of themselves and others.
  • Be realistic with regard to your child’s ability and do not set expectations too high.  It can be very damaging for children if they feel they are falling short of their parents’ expectations.
  • Promote inspiration rather than comparison against other dancers – each dancer is an individual with different goals and objectives and they must be praised for their own personal achievements.
  • Parents must uphold decisions and recommendations as directed by the dance teacher or principal.
  • Pupils and parents must not post messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media of a derogative nature in regards to any pupil, teacher, classes or events relating to The Stage Factory.
  • Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated from parents/guardians or other family members and could result in parents/guardians or family members being banned from the premises/events/performances or the school itself.  Unacceptable behaviour includes bullying, swearing, fighting and derogatory comments towards others.
  • Whilst at performances and events, you are all ambassadors and representatives of The Stage Factory and we expect all parents/guardians and pupils to behave in a manner that is respectful and appropriate.
  • Pupils and parents/guardians are encouraged to fully support your school and the dancers within it.
  • Should any issues arise that are a cause for concern, please let the principal know and we will deal with the situation appropriately.

Uniform & Hair

  • The correct uniform must be worn for all classes once you have been a pupil for 2 weeks (or it must be on order).  Please see our separate uniform list and Squad Dancewear ordering instructions.
  • Jewellery and watches are not be worn during classes and any piercings that cannot be removed must be covered with a plaster.
  • Hair must be neat and tied securely off the face and neck for all classes and must be in a neat bun, or similar classical style, for ballet classes.  Red or black hairbands may be worn if required or Stage Factory hair accessories, available at the desk.
  • No outdoor footwear is allowed in the Memorial Hall to protect our vinyl dance flooring.
  • Children should not travel to and from classes in their dance shoes for 2 reasons – 1. to protect the floor in both halls from damage due to stones, dirt, etc on the bottom of shoes; and 2. to preserve the longevity of their dance shoes.

Fees & Payment

  • Class fees can paid either by monthly Direct Debit or half-termly (6 weeks) in advance.  Invoices for half-termly payments are emailed before the start of term and payments are due by the Friday before the 1st week of term.  Direct Debits are paid on the 10th of the month from September to June (10 months).  Direct Debits started after February will continue to July.
  • If half-termly fees are not received within 7 days of the due date or your Direct Debit payment fails and we do not receive the payment by another method within 7 days, your child’s place in the school may be lost.  
  • Refunds will not be given for missed classes, regardless of the reason.
  • If classes are cancelled due to a global, national or local pandemic, refunds will not be given.  However, alternatives will be offered such as online classes or credits for future classes.

The Premises – St Johns Centre

  • No running is allowed inside the building.
  • Children must not enter the Main Hall or Memorial Hall until a teacher or assistant has authorised them to do so.
  • No chewing gum is allowed on the premises.
  • Food is not to be taken into class and only water or still drinks are allowed in class.
  • Please place all rubbish in the bins provided and items for recycling in the recycling box in the reception area.
  • Please park your cars on the large car park at the back of the centre and not in front of nearby residents’ houses.

Last updated 22nd August 2020