-- Mental Health & Wellness Awareness --
The physical and mental well-being of our students is important to us, and our dancers and their families can talk to us about any problems they might be having whilst a part of the Jowett Dance Family. We aim to make it clear our students should never be afraid to talk to us if they're having problems that could affect their performance and their enjoyment in the field of dance.
We'll always seek to advise parents / guardians and students on their options and have discussions so that we can agree on what is best for students and their dancing. There are many reasons that people find it difficult to talk about how they're coping, whether their issues are temporary or something more, but we want our dancers to know that whatever the reason is, our doors are open for you to speak in confidence.
As part of our Mental Health & Wellness Awareness policy, we have information posters up around the studios in each space which includes school e-mail addresses that parents / guardians and students can use in confidence to schedule one-to-one sessions with teaching staff if necessary. We also encourage students to support each other both inside and outside of the school whenever with their fellow dancers. If students feel their their classmates and friends may be struggling in silence, they could be more likely to seek help with gentle encouragement from their peers.
-- Student Safety & Zero Tolerance Bullying Policy --
The safety of our students is a top priority for Jowett School of Dance. We regularly undertake risk assessments both on-site and off-site at public performances where we work with venues to ensure minimum risk to our students when performing outside of the school's studios. The Enterprise House building that houses the school is also required to have Fire Safety Inspections as part of the landlord's legal responsibilities. If a student or parent / guardian ever identifies something they feel is a potential risk anywhere in the building, we encourage them to report this directly to the Manager, or Reception staff if the Manager is not on-site at the time. We are covered with liability insurance for our own spaces, and ensure an appropriate level of cover is in place for other venues.
As part of ensuring the safety and well-being of the Jowett Dance Family, we have a Zero Tolerance Bullying Policy. This policy extends to everyone, both adults and children. We take any aggressive or intimidating behaviour towards members of the JSD Team very seriously, and if an incident occurs, the school will deal with the situation appropriately depending on the severity of the incident. If an incident occurs between students, we will do our best to mediate between individuals and parents / guardians. For students, this will usually result in verbal warnings and one-to-one sessions with students if necessary. In extreme cases, or cases where students or parents / guardians have been warned about bullying behaviour previously which has continued, we will ask students not to return to the school if we feel a clear and present harm exists to fellow students, staff or volunteers, and this will result in the student's de-registry from Jowett School of Dance.
Jowett School of Dance has maintained a welcoming and friendly environment for over 40 years, and we seek to continue this environment with the helpful co-operation of all members of our dance family.
-- Inclusivity Policy --
As part of the welcoming, friendly and inclusive environment Jowett School of Dance aims to uphold, we encourage parents / guardians to make us aware of any additional needs students may have, or any events they may not be able to participate in due to cultural or medical reasons. There is a specific section on registration forms for medical conditions which includes any disabilities that students may have, but we understand that some conditions and circumstances are more complex and require elaboration as to their specifics. Please discuss these with the school at your earliest convenience as we will do our best to cater to all students to include them in as many activities and events as possible.
Jowett School of Dance welcomes dancers and their families from all backgrounds, faiths, and ability levels, and we will do our utmost to cater to each student according to their needs.