Access & Equity Policy
Sydney Theatre School ensures persons seeking enrollment in our course are treated equitably. Candidates are selected on the basis of their skills, aptitude and relevant qualifications, including life experience. Sydney Theatre School promotes a learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment including unsolicited approaches, comments or physical contact of a sexual nature, victimisation, bullying and racial vilification.
Entry to the course involves the completion of an application form, personal interview and evidence of ability to meet the specific program requirements as outlined in the course information.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants with a non-English speaking background are required to have an adequate level of English language to undertake the program.
Application forms are processed in order of receipt by Sydney Theatre School. Applicants will be contacted for an audition and interview appointment. The interview will assess applicant’s ability to fulfill the entry requirements. Upon acceptance of their application, applicants receive a confirmation letter detailing fees due, a copy of the ‘Student Handbook’, pre-reading material, and details of program timetable.
A student orientation session will be held at the beginning of the first class, and will cover the following:
- Introductions to teacher, staff and other students.
- Facilities equipment and resources.
- Rehearsal schedule.
- Organisational policies and procedures.
- Client support and welfare services.
- Question and answer session.
Fees & Deposits
To secure their place, successful applicants must pay a non-refundable deposit within seven (7) days after notification of acceptance onto the course. The balance of the program fee must be paid in monthly installments through Ezypay Pty Ltd. Sydney Theatre School employs financial management strategies to protect fees paid in advance.
A fee refund, less the non-refundable deposit, will only be given if a client cancels before commencement of the course. In the unlikely event of program cancellation by Sydney Theatre School, full fee refund including the deposit will be made to clients. After commencement of the program, fees are non-refundable.
Student Welfare and Guidance
Sydney Theatre School aims to provide useful and comprehensive information and support to clients to assist them during their training program. A copy of the ‘Student Handbook’ is provided to all clients on acceptance to the training program.
Complaints & Grievances
Sydney Theatre School is committed to the early resolution of complaints and grievances. Persons wishing to complain may do so through the following procedure:
1) Obtain a Complaints Form from the office
2) Complete and return form as soon as possible to the office
3) The complaint will be promptly considered by the Director
4) The Director will consult with other persons involved in the grievance
5) The Director will mediate to resolve the situation.
6) If the grievance remains unresolved an independent mediator will be engaged.
Occupational Health & Safety (OH & S)
Sydney Theatre School considers the occupational health, safety and welfare of its staff and clients to be of the utmost importance. Sydney Theatre School takes all “reasonably practicable” steps to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace and learning environment.
A successful OH & S program is dependent upon all persons on Sydney Theatre School premises sharing responsibility for insuring a safe and healthy environment.
Sydney Theatre School ensures all staff and clients are aware of their responsibility regarding OH & S issues through provision of safety information and education.
The delivery and assessment of all programs must incorporate the relevant OH & S legislation and requirements as they apply to work practices.
All injuries, accidents and near misses must be reported to the teacher / director, and recorded in the Accident and Injury Log Book. All incidents will be investigated, and action taken to prevent their re-occurrence. A first aid box and manual will be available for use by staff and clients.
Smoking is prohibited on Sydney Theatre School premises. Alcohol and/or illegal drugs are prohibited on Sydney Theatre School premises.
Any action by staff or clients that jeopardises the health, safety or welfare of others may result in dismissal.
Clients are expected to display a high level of personal responsibility for their learning process, and for their interaction with other clients and staff members.
Anyone displaying inappropriate or dangerous behavior (e.g. disruptive class behavior, refusal to follow OH&S procedures, irregular attendance) will be required to attend a disciplinary meeting to discuss the necessary changes they need to make. The meeting participants will negotiate an agreed plan of action and time scale for reviewing the necessary behavior changes. If the agreed changes are not implemented, the student may be dismissed from the program.
Our course will challenge students’ resolve and endurance. It is a fundamentally work-based program requiring a steadfast commitment. Regular and punctual attendance at classes is required for successful completion of the course. Students who do not display regular attendance at their training program may be required to attend a disciplinary meeting. If a student’s attendance falls below an agreed standard they may be withdrawn from the progam.
In the event of extended absence due to ill health or personal reasons, clients will need to discuss their position with the Director.
Training Delivery Procedures
The program at Sydney Theatre School is delivered in a manner that provides individual clients with the best opportunity to succeed in achieving their goals.
A variety of theoretical, practical and interactive delivery strategies are employed. Strategies include: trainer presentation and demonstration, clinical and workshop practice, discussions, question and answer sessions, case studies and structured exercises.
The program is delivered through group rehearsal, and includes one-to-one guidance and coaching for clients.
All teachers and directors have a minimum of 5 years experience in their area of expertise and are formally qualified to deliver training and assessment.
Issuance of Diploma
A Sydney Theatre School – Diploma of Theatre & Screen Performance will be issued to clients upon successful completion of the program. A Statement of Attainment will be issued for partial completion of the program.