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National Student Survey ranks the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama joint No. 1 performing arts conservatoire for student satisfaction

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced by HEFCE, with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama ranking joint highest amongst UK performing arts conservatoires for overall student satisfaction (90%).

The Conservatoire – comprising Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, LAMDA, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and RADA – was recently judged world-leading by an independent peer review panel commissioned by HEFCE.

The Conservatoire performs consistently well overall in the National Student Survey. Once again, the quality of teaching is rated highly by its students at 92% satisfied – 5% above the sector average. The Conservatoire remains committed to maintaining its excellent standards of teaching, ensuring its students receive the best possible preparation for a professional career in dance, drama and circus arts.

“The most important thing I have learned is how crucial work ethic is, you have to be in everyday and you have to want to improve. The support given by the NSCD school and staff is fantastic. Having required the help myself and going through all the support the school has to offer, they understand, listen and respect you. The staff have been through the rigorous training and know how tough it can be. Never suffer in silence! That is what it is there for!”

  • Joseph Delaney, NSCD BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Graduate 2016

“The course is by far the most accurate simulation of real world situations that anyone could ask for. I have now moved to a full time job with a company I made links with in my first term, and am using skills that I have learned and honed in the last two years. It is safe to say that I have definitely been trained by the best, but I have also been supported by the best.”

  • Jackson Warner, RADA Foundation Degree in Technical Theatre & Stage Management Graduate 2016

“CDD is delighted once again to be ranked amongst the leading conservatoires for student satisfaction, in the same year that the Conservatoire schools have been recognised as world-leading by an international panel of experts. Students and their learning are the primary focus for all of us at the Conservatoire and although the NSS is limited in scope, it is a valuable guide to our performance, alongside the continuing success of our graduates in the industry.”

  • Edward Kemp, Principal of the Conservatoire and Director of RADA



  1. Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

    The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama comprises eight specialist schools delivering world-leading education and vocational training in the performing arts. We train the performing artists and production professionals of the future: actors, circus artists, dancers, stage managers, technical theatre practitioners, choreographers and directors. The Conservatoire is a publicly-funded higher education institution and Conservatoire students are eligible for government-funded financial support. The Conservatoire schools are proud to be able to recruit on the basis of talent.

  2. The Conservatoire schools

    The eight Conservatoire schools are:

    Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
    Central School of Ballet
    LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)
    London Contemporary Dance School
    National Centre for Circus Arts
    Northern School of Contemporary Dance
    Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
    RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)

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