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Corporate Information

Renaissance Arts is a partnership between Stillie DeeMartin Howland and Neil Rigg. Our partners are all hands on teachers, coordinators, managers as well as Directors. Each partner is responsible for the company’s teaching strategy, business strategy and the general operation of the college.

Renaissance Arts values its relationships with all the teachers, schools, examiners, charity organisations, companies and associated bodies it works with. R.A is an exciting forward thinking enterprise always looking at new and diverse strategies.

Through its corporate collaboration the college has become the only one of its kind in Europe. The selection of dance studios, theatres and theatrical agencies, examining bodies, dance companies, photographers, costume designers, make-up artists, hair stylists and other companies involved with performing arts massively contribute to our unique identity.

The Partners are willing to engage with any external companies who may mutually benefit by being in association with R.A or its subsidiary companies and welcomes any suitable business propositions. If your company would like to discuss an association with us please visit our Contact page.

Policies & Procedures

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY 

AIMS

Renaissance Arts Performing Arts College believes that education is for all students accepted after audition & every student is equally important.

Disclaimer

We offer training for those Age 16 – 30 as the type of training we provide has been carefully tailored to suit this age type.  This is not an act of discrimination to those outside of this age limit but more a restriction determined by the type of training we offer.  It would be unfair of Renaissance Arts to impose training on those outside of this age limit as this may cause harm.  Renaissance Arts do offer a Scholars programme for those aged 11 -16 and are working on offering over 30s training however, are unable to do so at this point in time.

We will strive to:

(i) offer access to a full and challenging curriculum to suit each individual.

(ii) encourage an understanding of all cultures;

(iii) view discrimination on the grounds of race, gender or disability as opposed to its aims and take positive action to counter it.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for equal opportunities are underpinned by law. Colleges are bound by many of the provisions of human rights legislation & the policies of the Leeds City Council.  We aim to abide by the requirements set out by BDQT our accreditor.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Mr NEIL RIGG Renaissance Arts Director & Leeds Welcome Ambassador

is responsible for:-

• making sure that the appropriate measures are adopted to enable the college to comply with legal requirements;

• monitoring the effective application of the Equal Opportunities Policy and procedures to ensure compliance.

Directors Martin Howland, Stillie Dee & Neil Rigg

responsible for:-

•making sure that the Equal Opportunities Policy and its procedures are followed;

• making sure that the E.O.P is readily available and that self employed faculty/ guest faculty know their responsibilities and are aware of our code of conduct.

• ensuring parents know their responsibilities in scenarios where a student is under 18.

• providing information to staff about the policy and how it should be applied within the college.

• taking appropriate action in cases of discrimination;

• ensuring students are provided with a broad and balanced vocational based learning which meets the needs of the individual (but not at the expense of other students)

• providing the measures necessary to achieve the aims of the policy.

• providing a visual contact sheet of all students and faculty to staff.

All Staff, Faculty, Guest Teachers, Guests in a seniority role at the college.

Are responsible for:-

• ensuring that students’ names are spelt correctly and pronounced properly;

• ensuring that they are familiar with information available on all students in their teaching groups;

• ensuring that they meet the needs of all students in their lessons;

• not showing any form of racial or discrimination abuse or ignoring any such behaviour from others (including name-calling, racial, sexist or other hurtful jokes and mimicry, or incitement of others to collaborate in use);

• ensuring that perpetrators and victims of above are aware that it will not be tolerated;

• giving a balanced view of different groups, cultures and stereotypes;

• providing a positive role model for all students;

• keeping up to date with legal requirements.

Students

All students are responsible for:-

• identifying and reporting incidents of discrimination and stereotyping;

• promoting equal opportunities and avoiding discrimination against anyone for reasons of gender, race, colour or any other reason.

Appendix 1

Human Rights Act 1998

Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (extended and amended 1986) outlaws discrimination on grounds of gender.

Race Relations Act 1976 outlaws discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality or ethnic and national origins.

Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 states even more explicitly that responsibility that all schools have to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity. The Disability Discrimination Act 1993 outlaws discrimination in the provision of goods and services against those with disabilities.

Safe Working Practices

Renaissance Arts has developed procedures for Codes of Conduct for staff to understand and agree in relation to professional conduct with students.

Health and Safety and risk assessments are carried out by studios at Yorkshire Dance, Northern Ballet and Renaissance Head Office (The Music Study).

Renaissance Arts has fully operational Health and Safety Policy and Procedures.  Faculty and students should report any issue with safe working practice to the Directors who will then report this to the relevant studio.

Record Keeping

All safeguarding records are kept centrally and securely by the Directors.  Staff are aware that they must report all safeguarding issues to the directors.  Data is kept in accordance to the most recent data protection act.  A copy will be made available on request.

Allegations against Members of Staff

Renaissance Arts recognises that when allegations are made regarding behaviour by Staff/Director which may harm a student, clear procedure must be followed.  Bodies must e-mail their complaint in writing and follow our complaints procedure.

Allegations against students

Renaissance Arts recognises that when allegations are made regarding behaviour of a student which may harm a faculty member or Director, clear procedure must be followed.  Faculty must bring this to the attention of the directors and may be required to make a formal complaint in writing or e-mail.

Incidents

To ensure the smooth operation of the college, to uphold law and procedures required by it’s faculty incidents of the following nature must be recorded and kept but the directors.

Teachers Code Of Conduct

 Renaissance Arts 

CODE OF CONDUCT (customer service)

All Renaissance Arts teachers are required to follow our code of conduct.  Each teacher is CRB checked and agree to the following terms.

  1. Professional Values and Relationships

Teachers should:

1.1. be caring, fair and committed to the best interests of the pupils/students entrusted to their care, and seek to motivate, inspire and celebrate effort and success

1.2. acknowledge and respect the uniqueness, individuality and specific needs of pupils/ students and promote their holistic development

1.3. be committed to equality and inclusion and to respecting and accommodating diversity including those differences arising from gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, ethnicity, membership of the Traveller community and socio-economic status, and any further grounds as may be referenced in equality legislation in the future.

1.4. seek to develop positive relationships with pupils/students, colleagues, college management and others in the college community, that are characterised by professional integrity and judgement

1.5. work to establish and maintain a culture of mutual trust and respect in their schools.

2. Professional Integrity

Teachers should:

2.1. act with honesty and integrity in all aspects of their work

2.2. respect the privacy of others and the confidentiality of information gained in the course of professional practice, unless a legal imperative requires disclosure or there is

a legitimate concern for the wellbeing of an individual

2.3. represent themselves, their professional status, qualifications and experience honestly

2.4. avoid conflict between their professional work and private interests which could reasonably be deemed to impact negatively on pupils/students.

3. Professional Conduct

Teachers should:

3.1. uphold the reputation and standing of the profession and the reputation of Renaissance Arts.

3.2. take all reasonable steps in relation to the care of pupils/students under their supervision, so as to ensure their safety and welfare

3.3. work within the framework of relevant legislation and regulations

3.4. comply with agreed national and school policies, procedures and guidelines which aim to promote pupil/student education and welfare and child protection

3.5. report, where appropriate, incidents or matters which impact on pupil/student welfare

3.6. communicate effectively with pupils/students, colleagues, parents, college management and others in the college community in a manner that is professional, collaborative and supportive, and based on trust and respect

3.7. Private communication such as e-mail, texting and social networking sites is not permitted to ensure protection of both teacher and student. Teacher and student must not share or keep personal contact details or have any un-authorised correspondence whilst enrolled as a student at Renaissance Arts.

3.8. Ensure that they do not knowingly access, download or otherwise have in their possession while engaged in school activities, inappropriate materials/images in electronic or other format

3.9. Ensure that they do not knowingly access, download or otherwise have in their possession, illicit materials/images in electronic or other format

3.10 Ensure that they do not practise while under the influence of any substance which impairs their fitness to teach.

3.11 Student contact is often required in dance and theatre class in order demonstrate line and correct positioning.  Faculty should be mindful of letting students know about this contact.

4. Professional Practice

Teachers should:

4.1. maintain high standards of practice in relation to pupil/student learning, planning, monitoring, assessing, reporting and providing feedback

4.2. apply their knowledge and experience in facilitating pupils’/students’ holistic development

4.3. plan and communicate clear, challenging and achievable expectations for pupils/students

4.4. create an environment where pupils/ students can become active agents in the learning process and develop lifelong learning skills

4.5. respect the vocational learning programme of Renaissance Arts

4.6. inform their professional judgement and practice by engaging with, and reflecting on, pupil/student development, learning theory, pedagogy, curriculum development, ethical practice, educational policy and legislation

4.7. in a context of mutual respect, be open and responsive to constructive feedback regarding their practice and, if necessary, seek appropriate support, advice and guidance

4.8. act in the best interest of pupils/students.

5. Professional Development

Teachers should:

5.1. take personal responsibility for sustaining and improving the quality of their professional practice by:

• actively maintaining their professional knowledge and understanding to ensure it is current

• reflecting on and critically evaluating their professional practice, in light of their professional knowledge base

  • availing of opportunities for career-long professional development.

6. Professional Collegiality and Collaboration

Teachers should:

6.1. work with teaching colleagues and student teachers in the interests of sharing, developing and supporting good practice and maintaining the highest quality of educational experiences for pupils/students

6.2. work in a collaborative manner with pupils/students, parents/guardians, school management, other members of staff, relevant professionals and the wider school community, as appropriate, in seeking to effectively meet the needs of pupils/students

6.3. engage with the planning, implementation and evaluation of curriculum at classroom and school level.

7. Training

Those teachers requiring further training in customer service would be directed to NCFE to take a course in customer service.  If the directors refuse to offer further help in providing further training then an official complaint can be made to Renaissance Arts or there local trade union (such as equity) if they are unhappy with the final decision.  Should a faculty member fail in customer service mentioned in the above they may be asked to take the course to avoid dismissal.

GENERAL All teachers/self employed faculty are required to read our procedures manual and in signing the form agree our code of conduct.

Transparency

Renaissance Arts are happy to share policies and procedures and relevant paperwork in accordance to the data protection act  to those enquiring about the smooth operation of the college. If you wish to know something in particular about the college then please don’t hesitate to e-mail us.

Customer Service Survey

Customer Service Survey
Renaissance Arts follow the data protection act 1998. Your details will not be shared with others without your permission.

Complaints Procedure

At Renaissance Arts we value customer service.  If you have a complaint about our service and would like us to investigate the matter all complaints must be in writing or an email. The Renaissance Arts complaints policy adheres to customer service guidelines.  We aim to respond to your written letter or e-mails within 10 working days.  On request we are happy to provide a full detailed copy of our complaints procedure.

Address to write to for Complaints
Neil Rigg (Head of customer Services)
Renaissance Arts
Yorkshire Dance Building
3 St Peters Square
Leeds 
LS9 8AH

E-mail – info@renaissance-arts.co.uk   FTAO Neil Rigg (Head of Customer Service)

Please note that standard queries have a 5 working day response time. 14 working days response for complaints that require investigation.

Privacy

Information that is gathered from visitors

In common with other websites, log files are stored on the web server saving details such as the visitor’s IP address, browser type, referring page and time of visit.

How the Information is used

The information is used to enhance the vistor’s experience when using the website to display personalised content and possibly advertising.

E-mail addresses will not be sold, rented or leased to 3rd parties.

E-mail may be sent to inform you of news of our services or offers by us or our affiliates.

Visitor Options

Introduction

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the The Renaissance Arts Website(s) and all content, services and products available at or through the Website. The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other associated operating rules and policies (including, without limitation, The Renaissance Arts Privacy Policy).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the The Renaissance Arts Website. By accessing or using any part of the Website, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. 

The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old. If you are not yet 12 years old, you must stop using the Website immediately or else provide Renaissance Arts  with written parental approval.

Our basic products and services are free to both Website owners & individual users. 

SPECIAL LICENSE RESTRICTIONS FOR NON-HUMAN VISITORS

A special restriction on a visitor’s license to access the Website applies to all Non-Human Visitors. Non-Human Visitors include, but are not limited to, web spiders, bots, indexers, robots, crawlers, harvesters, or any other computer programs designed to access, read, compile or gather content from the Website automatically.

Email addresses on the The Renaissance Arts website are considered proprietary intellectual property. It is recognized that these email addresses are provided for human visitors alone. You acknowledge and agree that each email address the Website contains has a value not less than £100.00 .Those distrubiting e-mail addresses without consent maye result in a fine. You further agree that the compilation, storage, and/or distribution of these addresses substantially diminishes the value of these addresses. Intentional collection, harvesting, gathering, and/or storing the Website’s email addresses is recognized as a violation of this agreement and expressly prohibited.

Ownership

You do not claim intellectual property right or exclusive ownership to any of our products or services, whether modified or unmodified. All products and services are the property of Renaissance Arts. Our products and services are provided ‘as is’ without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.   In no event shall our organization (or any business or individual associated with Renaissance Arts) be liable for any damages including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential, or other losses arising out of the use of or inability to use our products or services.

Responsibility of Contributors.

If you operate a Website, comment on a Website, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, ‘Content’), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, computer software or any other type of electronic content. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

  1. The downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  2. You have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
  3. The Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
  4. The Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
  5. The Content is not obscene, libellous, defamatory, hateful or racially bigoted, does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party and is not otherwise unlawful;
  6. Your site is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your site’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
  7. You have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by The URDANG Academy or otherwise.

By submitting Content to Renaissance Arts for inclusion on the Website, you grant Renaissance Arts a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your site or Content. If you delete Content and advise Renaissance Arts, Renaissance Arts will use reasonable efforts to remove said Content from the Website (generally within two business days), but you acknowledge that caching and/or other references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

Fees and Payment.

Payments will be charged on the day you sign up for a premium service and will cover the use of that service for a monthly or annual period as indicated. Premium service fees are not refundable.  

All payments for classes are managed by pay-pal and clients should read the terms and agreements held by pay-pal before purchase.

Responsibility of Website Visitors.

Renaissance Arts has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Renaissance Arts does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Any user or site owner who finds content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, or content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, or other errors has a responsibility to report such Content to Renaissance Arts. In the same way, anyone who discovers Content on the Website that contains material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated, must report the same to Renaissance Arts. Renaissance Arts disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.

Content Posted on Other Websites.

We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the Websites and WebPages to which Renaissance Arts links, and that link to Renaissance Arts. Renaissance Arts does not have any control over those non-Renaissance Arts Websites and WebPages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Renaissance Arts Website or webpage, Renaissance Arts does not represent or imply that it endorses such Website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Renaissance Arts disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Renaissance Arts Websites and WebPages.

Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.

As Renaissance Arts asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by Renaissance Arts violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Renaissance Arts. Renaissance Arts will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Renaissance Arts or others, Renaissance Arts may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website. In the case of such termination, Renaissance Arts will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Renaissance Arts.

Intellectual Property.

This Agreement does not transfer from Renaissance Arts to you any Renaissance Arts or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Renaissance Arts. Renaissance Arts, the Renaissance Arts domain, the Renaissance Arts logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with The Renaissance Arts, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of Renaissance Arts or The Renaissance Arts licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Renaissance Arts or third-party trademarks.

Changes.

Renaissance Arts reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. Renaissance Arts may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools, services and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Termination.

Renaissance Arts may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your Renaissance Arts account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you have a VIP, Premium or other Paid Services account, such account can only be terminated by Renaissance Arts if you materially breach this Agreement and fail to cure such breach within thirty (30) days from Renaissance Arts notice to you thereof; provided that, Renaissance Arts can terminate the Website immediately as part of a general shut down of our service or other lawful reason. Additionally, a paid account may be temporarily terminated pending a determination of the facts relating to a possible breach of this Agreement. Upon termination, all provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

Disclaimer of Warranties.

The materials on Renaissance Arts Website are provided ‘as is’. Renaissance Arts makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Renaissance Arts does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet Website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

General Representation and Warranty.

You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the Renaissance Arts  Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.

Indemnification.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Renaissance Arts, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to out of your violation of this Agreement.

APPLICABLE LAW AND JURISDICTION

Each party agrees that any suit, action or proceeding brought by such party against the other in connection with or arising from the Terms of Service (“Judicial Action”) shall be governed by the law of the state of residence of the registered Administrative Contact (the “Admin State”) for the Website as such laws are applied to agreements between Admin State residents entered into and performed entirely within the Admin State. You consent to the jurisdiction of federal and state courts within the Admin State. You consent to the venue in any action brought against him in connection with breaches of these Terms of Service. You consent to electronic service of process regarding actions under the above agreement.

RECORDS OF VISITOR USE AND ABUSE

You consent to having your Internet Protocol address recorded. An email address may appear immediately below (the “Identifier”) if we suspect potential abuse. The Identifier is uniquely matched to your Internet Protocol address. Visitors agree not to use this address for any reason.

VISITORS AGREE THAT HARVESTING, GATHERING, STORING, TRANSFERRING TO A THIRD PARTY OR SENDING ANY MESSAGE(S) TO THE IDENTIFIER CONSTITUTES AN ACCEPTANCE AND SUBSEQUENT BREACH OF THESE TERMS OF SERVICE.

Site Terms of Use Modifications

Renaissance Arts may revise these Terms of Use for its Website at any time without notice. By using this Website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

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