London Studio Centre sees the welfare and pastoral care of its students as a vital aspect of its work. A clear structure exists within London Studio Centre to facilitate this aspect of student services.
LSC consults with dance industry bodies, such as One Dance UK and Higher Education partners and is constantly looking to review and update its practices to provide students with the best possible support.
Physical components of Training
Head of Student Welfare: Laura Dredger
All students are strongly advised register with their own general medical practitioner near to their place of London residence for the treatment of everyday health problems, and for referral as needed.
The first year of training for both Foundation and BA students contains sessions surrounding Dance Science which equip the student to better understand how to prevent injury and optimise performance.
LSC has weekly visits on site from dance specialists who students can see for treatment. This includes physiotherapist Warrick McNeill for injury prevention, management and rehabilitation. Zerlina Mastin for nutrition and Tatina Semprini for Sports Massage.
Psychological components of Training
Head of Pastoral Care: Fuschia Peters
Mental health and well-being are recognised as necessary and important factors in supporting the student experience.
During the induction process, discussion and strategies are raised to help prepare the students, emotionally and psychologically for the jump in demand and expectation they now face.
There is an experienced onsite Counsellor, available throughout the academic year. Both the Head of Student Welfare and the Head of Pastoral Care liaise on a regular basis to monitor the needs of the student body, LSC maintains an open door policy. The Head of Pastoral Care supervises the Personal Tutors.
Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)
Head of Learning Support: Dr Deveril
Students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) are supported by the Head of Learning Support, in line with London Studio Centre’s Specific Learning Differences Support Policy.
LSC can arrange for students without a recent diagnosis to obtain a formal Diagnostic Assessment (subject to eligibility). The process involves one-to-one discussions with the Head of Learning Support to ensure that students are aware of the implications of being formally tested. If the student wishes to proceed with a formal diagnosis, for which there is a reasonable charge payable by the student, the Head of Learning Support connects the student to a testing service.
Following discussions and/or assessments, students are given the necessary support across the programme. UK students who receive DSA funding might also be provided with external support as per their Needs Assessment.
Induction, audition and enrolment
Through the audition process each student undergoes a physical assessment with a dance specialist physiotherapist which uses key dance measures to identify any physical concerns and if these may affect their ability to progress well within full-time vocational dance training.
All students receive a screening within their first term at London Studio Centre. This is used to assist with the student in transitioning smoothly onto the course. It includes discussion around medical concerns, nutrition, psychological components and also uses the information from the student's physical assessment to look at injury prevention strategies.
Private Medical Insurance is strongly advised for all dance students to assist them with getting treatment that is both swift and dance specific. Details of suitable policies can be provided upon registration. Students and parents are reminded that the fees for all specialist treatments are their responsibility.
All students are advised to insure their personal belongings.
Each student has a Personal Tutor with whom they have regular contact, either in the form of group tutorials or individually as required. The Personal Tutors help guide the students through the course. Issues of a more personal nature are referred (with student consent) to the Head of Pastoral Care who supervises the Personal Tutors. Issues arising are dealt with in strict confidence and in the case of post 18-year-old students no information is divulged to external sources without explicit permission. An experienced counsellor is available to students, on site at regular times throughout each term, without the need for referral to the staff. London Studio Centre also has information on a range of specialist agencies involved with the care and well-being of young people. The Head of Student Welfare and the Head of Pastoral Care comprise the physical and psychological components of student training, therefore covering or being the next port of call for any concerns that arise.
Each student also has a number of Course Tutors who deal with specific techniques and contextual studies, and each of whom offer regular feedback, both verbal and written.
Health And Safety
London Studio Centre has established a Health and Safety Committee that monitors every aspect of the development and application of a Health and Safety Policy at the College.
London Studio Centre also has a comprehensive Policy on Disordered Eating.
Students are members of the National Union of Students and elect representatives annually; they co-ordinate its work and represent the student body in discussions with management. Students are also represented on the Academic Board, Board of Studies and a wide range of other enhancement Committees, enabling them to contribute to the development of policy at London Studio Centre.