Skip to main content

Rambert School

Image: Nicole Guarino

Support for Care Leavers and Estranged Students

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is committed to helping all students fulfill 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.

Bursary for care leavers and estranged students

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 £1,000 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.

This bursary is available to eligible home fee students on undergraduate higher education courses (these are Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) courses).

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.

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 pages 13 and 14 of our Guide to Student Support which you can find on our Student Support page.

The staff contact for care leavers and estranged students at each school is:

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Julia Heeley
HE Administration and Student Support Manager / 0117 973 3535

Central School of Ballet
Josh Yeardley
Senior School Admissions & Administration Manager / 020 7520 2065

London Contemporary Dance School
Anna Helsby
Head of Registry and Student Well-Being / 020 7121 1120

National Centre for Circus Arts
Joanna Gray
Admissions and Registry Manager / 020 7613 8244

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Kate Kramers
Admissions Manager / 0113 219 3000

Rambert School
Judy Bowden
Admissions and Registry Manager / 020 8892 9960


Skip to content