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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 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 our leaflet:
The staff contact for care leavers and estranged students at each school is:
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
HE Administration and Student Support Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0117 973 3535
Central School of Ballet
Senior School Admissions & Administration Manager (Maternity Cover)
email@example.com / 020 7837 6332
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8834 0500
London Contemporary Dance School
Director of Student Services & International Development
email@example.com / 020 7121 1111
National Centre for Circus Arts
Higher Education Admissions & Student Support Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7729 9522
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
email@example.com / 0113 219 3000
Admissions and Registry Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8892 9960
Widening Participation & Outreach Manager
email@example.com / 020 7636 7076