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Student-related Policies

In this section you will find the following policies relating to students:

  • Access and Participation Plan
  • Admissions Policy Statement
  • Admissions Appeals and Complaints Policy
  • Criminal Records Policy
  • Data Processing Statement
  • Emergency Powers of Exclusion and Suspension
  • Non-Academic Misconduct Policy
  • Prevent
  • Refunds and Compensation Policy
  • Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Related Behaviours
  • Student Complaints Procedure
  • Student Protection Plan
  • Student Transfer Arrangements Statement
  • Support Through Studies

For queries about any of the policies, or to submit complaints or appeals, please contact:

If you would like to talk to someone in your school about any of these policies, please see your listed school policy contact below:


Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Julia Heeley

Central School of Ballet
Josh Yeardley

London Contemporary Dance School
Nicola Campbell


National Centre for Circus Arts
Stevie Taylor

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Hannah Perry

Rambert School
Judy Bowden

Covid-19-related information

Guidance on Exceptional Measures for Assuring Academic Attainment Expand Question

Access and Participation Plan

Access and participation plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.


CDD Admissions Policy StatementExpand Question
Admissions Appeals and Complaints Policy (from July 2019)Expand Question

The Conservatoire and its Member Schools are committed to fairness and transparency, and we recognise that there will be occasions where an applicant may wish to lodge an appeal or complaint against the admissions process. This policy sets out the procedures by which an applicant may lodge a formal appeal or complaint against a decision regarding admission to a programme of study at a Member School of the Conservatoire.

Admissions Appeals and Complaints Policy and Procedure (sections A and B) (PDF)

Admissions Appeals and Complaints Form (section C) (Word)

Criminal Records Policy

The Conservatoire and its Schools have a responsibility to provide a secure, safe environment for students, staff, visitors and other individuals, and must balance this alongside any legal requirements (such as those to protect vulnerable individuals).  In line with this responsibility, the Conservatoire has a criminal records policy which contains procedures for managing the disclosure of criminal records.  This applies both to applicants who are applying to study on a course of higher education with any of the Conservatoire Member Schools, and also to students who are registered with the Conservatoire.

Some programmes of study may require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  You should contact your School policy contact if you have any queries about this.

The policy sets out the common approach and procedures that allow your School and the Conservatoire to assess any potential risk posed by an individual having a relevant criminal conviction, and determine what appropriate action (if any) might be needed.  Having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to becoming or continuing as a student of the Conservatoire and its Schools. Please see the policy for further information.

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Appendix 1 Criminal Convictions Panels Form for Assessing Criminal RecordsExpand Question
Appendix 2 Criminal Record Consideration CriteriaExpand Question
Appendix 3 Criminal Records Consideration Procedure for ApplicantsExpand Question
Appendix 4 Criminal Records Consideration Procedure for Registered StudentsExpand Question

Data Processing Statement

The data processing statement and accompanying Schedules 1 and 2 outline how the Conservatoire holds and processes your personal data, including the types of data, the categories/purposes of processing, where we will share data with third parties, and the lawful bases for processing data, in accordance with Article 6 of GDPR.

Data Processing Statement (from August 2019)Expand Question

The below statement replaces all previous versions of the CDD Data Processing Statement.

Data Processing Statement (2019)

Schedule 1

Schedule 2

Emergency Powers of Exclusion and Suspension

Where a concern is raised relating to a student’s wellbeing and/or conduct, whether on or off School or Conservatoire premises, which represents a potential or actual threat to the safety, security, health, wellbeing, good order, or reputation of the student, and/or of the School, the Conservatoire, its members, an external organisation or placement provider, or members of the public, a member of staff may make a recommendation to the Conservatoire CEO or the CEO’s delegate that the student should be temporarily suspended and/or excluded.

Emergency Powers of Exclusion and Suspension (from September 2019)Expand Question
Guide to Emergency Powers PolicyExpand Question

Non-Academic Misconduct Policy

Non-Academic Misconduct policy and procedures (including appendices 1 & 2) (from September 2019) Expand Question
Appendix 3 – Guidance on Hearings (General Provisions) Expand Question
Appendix 4 – Template CDD Misconduct Referral formExpand Question
Appendix 5 – Preliminary Enquiry Investigation Report form Expand Question
Appendix 6 – Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Form Expand Question
Appendix 7 – Summary of Procedural Timescales in policyExpand Question
Student Guide to Non-Academic Misconduct policyExpand Question


Section 21 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the “Act”) places a duty on certain bodies, listed in Schedule 3 to the Act, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. The Act states that the authorities subject to the provisions of the Act must have regard to this guidance when carrying out the duty, including Higher Education Institutions.

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Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Related Behaviours

All Schools of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama seek to maintain an environment which is safe and conducive for all members of the school, whether students or staff, and which supports the wellbeing of all such individuals, as well as fostering the professional development of all trainees. This endeavour is supported by the Conservatoire’s Inclusive Cultures Strategy.

The Conservatoire Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Related Behaviours underpins and is founded upon the principles outlined in the Inclusive Cultures Strategy, which reflect the Conservatoire’s commitment to establishing a culture of mutual respect and support, and to ensuring a zero tolerance for sexual violence and misconduct, harassment and related behaviours.

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Appendix A: Stage 1 ProcedureExpand Question
Appendix A1: Stage 1 Report FormExpand Question
Appendix B (including B1 & B2): Alternative Resolution ProcessesExpand Question
Appendix C: Precautionary MeasuresExpand Question
Appendix C1: Precautionary Measures Request to CEO formExpand Question
Appendix D: Procedures for Allegations Reported to the PoliceExpand Question
Appendix E: Risk AssessmentExpand Question
Guides to Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Harassment & Related Behaviours and Policy Procedures Expand Question

Refunds and Compensation Policy

The Refunds and Compensation Policy explains how the Conservatoire will meet its obligations regarding refunds and compensation for registered students of the Conservatoire, including when matters arise which trigger the Student Protection Plan.

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Student Complaints Procedure

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and its Schools are committed to considering and investigating genuine complaints from students. The Conservatoire defines a complaint as being an expression of dissatisfaction by one or more students about an action or lack of action by a Conservatoire Member School, or about the standard of service provided by or on behalf of a Conservatoire Member School, which warrants a response.

This complaints procedure encompasses the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s procedures for student complaints.

Student Complaints Policy and Procedure (from September 2019)Expand Question
Student Complaint Form (from September 2019)Expand Question
Student Group Complaint Form (from September 2019)Expand Question

Student Protection Plan

As a registered higher education provider, the Conservatoire is required by the Office for Students (OfS) to publish a Student Protection Plan (SPP) that sets out the steps that will be taken by the Conservatoire and its Member Schools to protect students in circumstances that might lead to the discontinuation of their programme of study.  Possible scenarios that might result in the discontinuation of students’ programmes of study, and the steps that would be taken in such situations, are set out in the Student Protection Plan below.

For further information, please see also the Refunds and Compensation Policy.

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Student Transfer Arrangements

Student Transfer Arrangements StatementExpand Question

Support Through Studies

Support Through Studies refers to your ability to engage positively and fully with your programme of study and to fulfil the expectations of the course. It is a common policy  in place across the 6 member schools of the Conservatoire, designed to support the needs of students.

Support Through Studies is not about your academic or professional ability.  It is about having supportive procedures which can be used by staff of a Conservatoire School when a student’s health, well-being and/or behaviour is, or appears to be at risk of, having a detrimental impact upon their studies and/or ability to cope with student life.

Support Through Studies policy and procedure and Appendix 1 (from September 2019)Expand Question
Appendix 2 Support Through Studies Cause for Concern FormExpand Question
Appendix 3 Support Through Studies Appeal FormExpand Question
Appendix 4 Support Through Studies Risk AssessmentExpand Question
Appendix 5 Support Through Studies Template Action PlanExpand Question
Appendix 6 Support Through Studies Procedural FlowchartExpand Question
Guide to the Support Through Studies PolicyExpand Question