Safeguarding Policy
  1. It is the policy of the school to provide efficient, up-to-date, enjoyable and safe instruction in dance to all pupils who enrol in the school or join in the classes or activities.

  2. The premises and equipment will be checked regularly for any defects or faults that exist or may have developed which might present hazards to any attending the premises.

  3. The premises will be cleaned regularly to prevent any hazard to health from accumulated dirt or rubbish.

  4. All instruction will be geared to the previous experience and abilities of the pupil(s) and no person will be required to perform movements beyond their intrinsic capabilities. Staff will be sensitive to all pupils’ religious beliefs and culture.

  5. No energetic instruction will be given without pupils undergoing a “warm-up” session, and after an energetic session completing a “warm-down” session.

  6. All incidents will be recorded in the incident book and parents shall also be informed of any accidents concerning their child.

  7. No very young pupil will be allowed to leave the school premises until collected by a parent, guardian or other adult authorised to do so by a parent or guardian. A member of staff will remain on the premises until all pupils have left. All pupils under 14 must have written consent if their parents wish them to leave without adult supervision. Parents/Guardians will be expected to wait with their child until they have entered the class with a teacher present, as Gemini cannot take responsibility for pupils left unattended before the class commences.

  8. No pupil under age 16 will be driven home by a member of staff in his/her car without the permission of a parent or guardian or in the event of an emergency.

  9. Normally no member of staff will be alone with a young pupil for any substantial period of time without the consent of a parent or other authorised person.

  10. Where possible parents should supervise their own child in the waiting area as there will not be a designated carer available to look after children that are left.

  11. No child may be photographed or videoed without the consent of parent or guardian.

  12. Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Record Bureau) checks to be made on all staff and volunteers.

  13. In the event of activities outside the school premises the instructors will regard themselves as being in “loco parentis” and, so far as applicable and within their control, apply the preceding and subsequent guide lines as if the event was in their own studio.

  14. Teachers will avoid any unnecessary physical contact with pupils. However parents should understand that some aspects of teaching involve some contact. Where it is necessary teachers will use the utmost discretion and, in any event, not do so without another adult in the room.

  15. The school principal will ensure that she and the members of staff are properly covered against incidents involving public liability and professional negligence insurance.

  16. The school principal will undertake not to involve in misleading or false advertising.

  17. No form of discrimination, by religion, colour, the child’s background and so on will be tolerated in the school.

  18. At all times, all staff will endeavour to keep the highest standards of instruction and behaviour. The school principals retain the right to discharge from the school any pupil who persistently disrupts the tuition, uses offensive language, or other anti-social behaviour.