Kings Langley Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Our highly qualified and experienced tutors are committed to promoting and encouraging our pupils to reach their maximum potential whilst building their confidence. We provide a secure and comfortable environment in which our students are able to enjoy friendship and team work.

In order that all our pupils are able to take full advantage of the time that they spend with us and in order for us to all work well together we would be very grateful if you could read and acknowledge the following Code of Conduct.

Lessons

Punctuality is essential. Parent/Guardians should ensure that pupils are punctual to all lessons, rehearsals and examinations and are collected promptly at the end of the lesson.

Pupils are expected to act in a courteous manner, support and work sensibly with fellow pupils.  If it is necessary pupils should be aware that their parents will be notified of any misbehaviour or disruption that occurs.

Use of mobile phones in lessons is not permitted and they should be switched off.

Food and Drink, other than water, should not be brought into the teaching rooms.

Pupils must have the correct clothing and equipment needed for every lesson.

It is crucial that all personal details are kept up to date in case a Parent/Guardian needs to be contacted in an emergency during lesson time. Little Voices adheres to the Data Protection Act and no information is shared with any outside organisation.

Pupils must follow the instructions of the Tutor at all times.

Please report any absences as soon as possible. Communication can be sent by email to helen@littlevoices.org.uk

Any pupil’s absence is noted and Little Voices will contact you should two lessons be missed consecutively. If four lessons are missed consecutively without any communication from Parent/Guardian the pupil’s place will be allocated to another pupil.

We do not allow any parent into the teaching rooms to watch weekly lessons. This can be unfair to the pupils and inhibits some pupils’ performance/confidence. Lessons must be fair to all. We also have to adhere to Child Protection policies and follow DBS guidelines.

Examinations

Please ensure that examination dates stated on our term dates list are noted to ensure that your child is available.

 All examinations are taken with LAMDA. Little Voices and everyone involved in the organisation must comply with all policies and procedures detailed in LAMDA’s Guide for Teachers and Centres. Little Voices has its own policies and procedures which reflect the ones published by LAMDA and Little Voices’ structure.

 

All hair must be tied back and clipped off the face. This is a LAMDA requirement and ensures that the whole face is visible for performance purposes.

Pupils are encouraged to provide their own costume and props. This is not an assessed element to the exam but it brings a scene to life for the pupils and enables them to feel much more ‘in character’. Tutors will of course discuss appropriate costume possibilities with all pupils in advance of the examination. The alternative to costume is ALL BLACK.

For Mini Voices’ Introductory examinations a favourite toy, photograph or book is an examination requirement as a focus for discussion with the examiner.

All scripts are provided by Little Voices and are to be handed back to tutors at the end of an examination session.

When an examination rehearsal is scheduled in addition to the normal weekly lesson attendance is compulsory for the sake of the group as a whole.

We do our upmost to predict the examination timetable however, LAMDA is in ultimate control and only provides us with the finalised times 5 days before the examination.

All examination times are published on the examination notice board on the website. To login:

Password: august2014

The examination results are only sent to us after 6 weeks. This is LAMDA’s policy and we understand it is a frustrating one for all pupils, parents and tutors.

Little Voices may publicly publish examination results at any time. If you do not wish for your child’s examination results to be published you must inform Little Voices in writing before the examination date.

Fees and Term Dates

The term dates are published at the start of every academic year. They are distributed in your documentation and also on the website for you to refer to.

All scheduled lessons are paid for in advance and any holidays or absences that occur within term times are non refundable.

Due to the phased discontinuation of cheques, we are no longer accepting payment in this way.  Please issue payments by BACS or standing order.  A Standing Order Mandate is enclosed – please simply sign and return to us.

For BACS payments, our NEW bank account details are:

Sort Code:

Account No:

Please mark with your child’s name as a payment reference.

Notification of termination of lessons must be given half a term in advance.

If a child has been entered for an examination they will be expected to attend all the lessons up to and including the examination date. Leaving a Little Voices group when your child has been entered for an examination has a huge impact on the other children in that group. Please avoid this.

 

Health and Safety, Child Protection and Parking

All tutors are given Little Voices Health & Safety Procedure to follow.

All centres and activities have been risk assessed and we have an external Health & Safety consultant to advise at all times.

Please ensure that your child is taken into the building/room that their lesson is being held and collected punctually at the end of their lesson. The health and safety of our pupils is paramount. Tutors are not responsible for the pupils once the lesson has finished and they leave the teaching room. Car parks and roads can be hazardous places.

You must adhere to the parking regulations at each Little Voices venue. If parking permits are required you must not park in unauthorised spaces.

Smoking is not permitted at any venue.

The security and safety of the pupils in our groups is the responsibility of us all. At Little Voices we take our responsibility very seriously. To ensure the welfare of each child, their group and to keep them safe from all harm, our tutors are aware of the policies, procedures and standards expected by all those who have responsibility for their welfare. All our tutors hold CRB clearances.

General

Communication is very important. Our pupils’ progress and personal development is our primary concern. Please talk to your child’s tutor about any aspect of their training when you need to. Little Voices and your Principal are available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. Please email or telephone them when and if you need to.

 

All Terms and Conditions apply and are available on request.

Policies available on request.