Safety Guidelines and School Policies including GDPR

Cranleigh Dance & Theatre Arts Ltd – Safety Guidelines

These guidelines are for the safety and well being of pupils and teachers.  They reflect the code of professional conduct published by the Council for Dance Education and Training.  Whilst the children are in class, their safety and welfare is our responsibility.  We want to be sure that their safety continues as they are delivered and collected by you.  This is how you can help.


Arrival and Departure:  All Junior School Children should be walked to and from the buildings where classes are held.  We do not expect junior school age students to leave the building to meet parents outside.  Pupils should arrive in good time for the start of their class to ensure they take part in the class warm-up.  CDTA is not responsible for any injury resulting from late arrival. If your child is going home with someone not known to us, please hand a note to the teacher before class starts.  If you are aware that you are going to be late, please make sure your child knows.  They can quickly get upset if they think they have been forgotten.


Starter/Reception/Pre-Primary Ballet Classes: Parents will be invited into the hall to collect their children from us.  Please ensure that you leave the hall quickly, as our next class will be waiting to start.

Starter Modern & Tap/All Primary Classes: Staff will supervise the handing over to parents at the hall doorway.  We would appreciate noise being kept to a minimum and attention paid to the teacher

Older Junior School Children: Staff will line children up at the end of class with a reminder to come back into the hall if there is no one there to take them home.  They are also reminded not to leave the building.  If you are not there, it is expected that children will return to us to sit and wait until you arrive.  We know they like to be independent, so please talk this through with your child.


Safety:  We cannot be held responsible for the safety of children outside their class.  We would suggest that you discourage all your children from running outside class, standing on the chairs in the hallway and playing on the bicycle or ramp support bars. 


Behaviour: We are not responsible for the behaviour of pupils or their siblings outside their class.  If you feel your child is not mature enough to wait in a manner of which you would approve, then we would ask you to wait with them.  This is particularly important in the summer, when the children like to play outside.  We expect all students to behave in a responsible manner at all times and to respect others.  Whilst we cannot be responsible for the tone or manner of conversations and behaviour taking place in the waiting areas or changing rooms, we do try to encourage responsible attitudes.  We recognise that senior students will often be taken as role models by the younger pupils; we ask the seniors to reflect on this responsibility and the impressions they can leave.  We will of course bring any inappropriate behaviour on the part of a pupil to the attention of their parents.


School Policies:  Parents should be aware that we take a “hands on” approach to teachers correcting our students and that we allow photographs and video film to be taken during “Watching Week” classes.  Photographs and films taken by us or others at CDTA events may be used for promotional purposes.  If you are unhappy with these policies, please notify the School in writing.  Please also be aware that children in our junior classes may be taken to the toilet by our Senior Student Helpers rather than by teaching staff.

Pupils must obtain permission from the Principal before taking dance classes elsewhere and before taking part in any external dance performances.  We cannot accept pupils from another Dance School unless proper notice has been given to that School.


Premises:  Girls can be changed in the Ladies Changing Room, boys use the Mens.  Please do not use the Disabled Toilet unless appropriate.  The toilets do get blocked so please use the bags and bins provided for the disposal of sanitary towels and tampons.  Please use the CDTA bin provided in the entrance hall to dispose of food rubbish. Do not put rubbish in the sanitary bins! Please use the CDTA Bin provided.

The flooring in the halls we use is not sprung.  Working on a floor of this type poses no more of a risk than jogging, skipping or running on a school playground or participating in Games or P.E. in a school assembly hall.  In keeping with the School’s policy of openness, it is important that all families are aware of this.


Car Park:  Please avoid using the disabled spaces or parking in the “keep clear” or “hatched” areas when delivering and collecting children from our classes. The Emergency Services may need access to the bungalows or even the Church Rooms!


Tap Shoes:  These must not be worn outside the building.  Tap shoes must be taken into class and put on during the register.  Taps will be checked for protruding screws and rough surfaces.  If we find any damage, pupils will be asked to dance in normal shoes until the damage has been repaired.


Uniform: The appropriate school uniform (see uniform list) must be worn for all classes and students should be neatly groomed at all times. No watches, earrings or jewellery of any kind are permitted; hair should be in a bun for ballet classes and preferably for all other classes.  Ballet style X-overs are permitted for warm-up and CDTA Branded clothing but nothing else.


Food and Drink: Please do not include any nut foods in the snacks your children bring to classes.  We have students with severe nut allergies.  Glass bottles are banned because they break!  Chewing gum is not allowed.  Smoking is not permitted.


Emergency Contact Details and Medical Conditions:  Please notify the school in writing of any change of address or telephone contacts, including mobiles.  Please inform us in writing of any new or changes to medical conditions and to medication to be administered in an emergency.  Asthma inhalers, epi-pens etc. should be taken in to classes and left with the teacher.


A half-term’s notice (or fees in lieu) is required for cancellation of classesCranleigh Dance and Theatre Arts cannot be held responsible for the actions or omissions of third parties.


You can download this page as a PDF document here.

You can also download a PDF document of our School Safeguarding Policy, Child Protection Policy, Risk Analysis and new data protection policy and Privacy notice in line with GDPR below.

Cranleigh Dance and Theatre Arts Ltd General Data Protection Regulation Policy

CDTA Privacy notice GDPR.docx

Cranleigh Dance and Theatre Arts Child Protection Policy 2019

Safeguarding Policy updated 2019

CDTA Risk Analysis 2019