Rambert School is committed to providing a caring and supportive environment and we have a strong tradition of providing student care and support services. We dedicate considerable resources to support each individual student’s needs, so every student can achieve their full potential.
Our Student Support aims to help our young adults prosper into healthy, happy, strong, and ultimately successful professionals, who have pride in their own sense of wellbeing, and who are able to recognise and address the stresses in their lives.
Whether a student has joined us from across the world, or from a local town or city, we appreciate that being away from family, friends, and home in order to study can be difficult. Student Support at Rambert School offers a bespoke, professional service, with emphasis on the need to respect and to protect the confidentiality of the young adults we work with. Our Student Support Manager is available to students at most times, including evenings, weekends, and during holidays. Students are encouraged to ask for support with any aspect of their lives, whether these be practical or pastoral. We have strong links with many professional bodies including counsellors, nutritionists, and the local community policing team.
The whole ethos of Rambert School and this Unit is integration and fulfilment of potential. We are proud to be unique in what we offer students in the field of support and healthcare. We understand what happens in the class environment and the trials and tribulations of vocational training. Niggles and injuries are inevitable, so we monitor technique, correct imbalances, and support students through the entire process of injury, treatment and re-introduction back into dance.
Some dancers used to think that class would give them everything they need to perform and reach their potential, but today the role of additional conditioning is paramount. We integrate and structure the conditioning, strengthening and warm-up for students into their daily schedules, tailoring to the needs of each group and technique. This is independent to the individual Performance Enhancement Programmes we plan and perform in our pilates/conditioning room. Our entire unit is under the direction of a qualified on-site Osteopath, for in-house diagnosis. This gives us autonomy and expertise few other schools can match. We also offer specialised yoga classes tailored for dancers.
Rambert School does not offer its own accommodation, but helps students find accommodation near the School before they arrive. Most students choose to live close to the School in the areas of St Margarets and Twickenham, either in shared rented houses or living with a host family.
When a student is offered a place at the School, details are provided on the options available and support is given to help students connect with each other and find accommodation together.
Our Subject Tutors and Personal Tutors provide support on all aspects of the training, both practical and academic. All students are given support as part of their academic studies to gain confidence in researching, note taking, writing and referencing essays, as well as thinking about learning styles and ways of organising study time. Academic support is delivered via regular study skills sessions, and also available via scheduled tutorials with the Head of Studies or other staff on the critical studies pathway. We use an online learning environment (VLE) to enable students to access course materials, video content and other learning resources at their own leisure.
Rambert School’s facilities support the learning, teaching and research needs of students and staff and provide access to resources on dance and related subjects in a variety of formats. Facilities include study space, a film viewing area, open access computers, printing and photocopying, wifi and specialist software. The library also subscribes to a range of electronic resources through Open Athens. All new students receive a library induction and ongoing support throughout their studies. Further information about services for existing students, is available on the School’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle.
Rambert School welcomes applications from students with disabilities and we are committed to admitting and supporting students with a disability. We select applicants solely on their talent and potential to develop the skills required for a career in the profession. Before you apply, we warmly encourage you to visit the school to view classes and facilities and to discuss any possible requirements with the school, so that the appropriate support can be put into place.
All students starting at Rambert School will be offered an initial assessment for dyslexia and dyspraxia, to identify those who may require support to gain equal access to the curriculum. If you are dyslexic or have another Specific Learning Difficulty, we strongly encourage you to let us know as soon as possible, so we can put support measures in place. Working with you, we can develop your Personal Learning Support Plan. We have a specialist tutor that visits the school to offer one-to-one support to students.
If you are offered a place at Rambert School, we can help you apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), where appropriate. Unlike a student loan, DSA does not have to be repaid. In order to apply for DSA, the awarding body will require evidence of any impairment or disability. We can also assist you with arranging any specialist support you may be entitled to, which can help cover the cost of specialist equipment necessary for your studies, which may include computer equipment, software and/or study skills tuition. Applications are made through your awarding body, for example, Student Finance England.
Details on non-medical support suppliers used by the School can be found here: NMH Rates Template v1.0 (1)
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s booklet about Support for Disabled Students has more information about our policies and provision. A copy can be downloaded using the link below, or you can request a printed copy on: 0207 387 5101 Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Support for Disabled Students.pdf | 549K
Students who do not have English as a first language are able to access support via our specialist ESOL tutor in weekly group sessions. Non-native English speakers are encouraged to attend these classes. There is also additional English language support offered to Japanese students.
Rambert School is committed to admitting and supporting students regardless of background. 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. 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 cash bursary You will have an opportunity to disclose at application stage, and again on your enrolment form. You can also talk to a member of the Rambert School staff at any point during the academic year. Full information about bursaries and other support can be found on the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website or you can download the Support for Care Leavers leaflet using the link below: