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Student-related Policies

In this section you will find policies relating to students.

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
Josephine Alsinger

London Contemporary Dance School
Nicola Campbell


National Centre for Circus Arts
Stevie Taylor

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Hannah Perry

Rambert School
Judy Bowden


CDD Admissions Policy Statement
Admissions Appeals and Complaints Policy (from July 2019)

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)

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)

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

Data Processing Statement (2019)

Schedule 1

Schedule 2

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)
Student Complaint Form (from September 2019)
Student Group Complaint Form (from September 2019)


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.

Prevent Strategy and Policy

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)
Guide to Emergency Powers Policy

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)
Appendix 2 Support Through Studies Cause for Concern Form
Appendix 3 Support Through Studies Appeal Form
Appendix 4 Support Through Studies Risk Assessment
Appendix 5 Support Through Studies Template Action Plan
Appendix 6 Support Through Studies Procedural Flowchart
Guide to the Support Through Studies Policy

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.

Criminal Records Policy (from September 2018)
Appendix 1 Criminal Convictions Panels Form for Assessing Criminal Records
Appendix 2 Criminal Record Consideration Criteria
Appendix 3 Criminal Records Consideration Procedure for Applicants
Appendix 4 Criminal Records Consideration Procedure for Registered Students
Appendix 5 Form SD1 for Self-Disclosure of Relevant Convictions

Non-Academic Misconduct Policy

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

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.

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.