Support for care leavers and estranged students
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is committed to helping all students fulfil their potential whilst studying with us, regardless of background. Our schools welcome all applications and judge prospective students solely on their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession.
If you’re in care, have left recently, or are estranged from your parents, we understand that you may have some extra practical considerations to take into account when making the progression to Higher Education, and may have concerns about accommodation, financing your studies, and pastoral support. All of the Conservatoire schools have strong traditions of providing student care and support services and commit considerable resources to this purpose.
More information about the types of student support we offer can be found on our Student support page.
If you choose to let us know that you are a care leaver or estranged from your parents (which we encourage you to do), we will be able to offer you additional support, and you may be eligible to receive a non-repayable bursary of £750 per year of study. You will have a chance to disclose at application stage and again on your enrolment form. You can also talk to a member of staff at your school at any point during the academic year.
Of course, not all students will want or need extra support, but it can be reassuring to know it’s there if you want to access it. Remember that if you are new to Higher Education, you will not have to pay anything upfront and you may be entitled to financial support from the Conservatoire.
You can find more information about financial support on our Fees and Finance 2013 page.
For more information about support offered to care leavers and those estranged from their parents by the Conservatoire and by external organisations, take a look at our Information for care leavers & estranged students guide.