HOT ACADEMY PARENTS
Everything you need to know if your child is part of the HOT Academy family, or would like to be!
AS WE SPAN 2 UK BOROUGHS AND ARE SUBJECT TO VENUE AVAILABILITY,
PLEASE NOTE THAT, THOUGH IT WILL BE AVOIDED WHEREVER POSSIBLE,
DATES MAY BE CHANGED AT SHORT NOTICE.
TERM DATES 2023-2024
SAT 16 SEPT - SAT 9 DEC 2023
(HALF TERM SAT 28 OCT)
DUNSTABLE SHOW: SAT 16TH DECEMBER, ALL SAINTS SCHOOL, HOUGHTON REGIS
BRACKNELL SHOW: SAT 16TH DECEMBER, 6PM PINEWOOD THEATRE
SAT 13 JAN - SAT 30 MAR 2024
(HALF TERM SAT 17 AND SAT 24 FEB)
SAT 20 APRIL - SAT 13 JULY 2024
(HALF TERM SAT 1 JUN)
Welcome to the HOT Academy family!
Here is everything you need to know!This is our most updated info, so this is your first port of call for any info on venues, dates, shows etc, but for now, here you go….
PAYMENT SIGN UP/ACCEPT YOUR PLACE NOW: https://bit.ly/HOTsignup
Web Tc and Cs: www.hotacademy.co.uk/parents
Kid’s Rehearsal Folder: www.hotacademy.co.uk/parents and click ‘Rehearsal Folder’
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A free trial/audition is available to every student on their first day, and is deducted from the first term's fees (below).
ALL MAIN SCHOOL CLASSES RUN ON SATURDAYS IN TERM TIME EXCEPT EXTRA REHEARSALS FOR SHOW WEEK.
(5-18 yrs): 10:00AM - 1:00PM (£250.80/term or £62.70/month)
(5-18 yrs): 3.15-6.15PM (£250.80/term or £62.70/month)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By accepting your place in the show, you are joining the HOT Academy Saturday School and agree to adhere to these terms and conditions which are freely available online and subject to change.
Please respond to your GoCardless direct debit via the email sent to you from Class Manager which will commence just before the 1st of the following month's fees are due.
A one-off payment will be taken imminently upon registration via Gocardless for the current month's payment of sessions. Any free trial/audition or offer is deducted from the current month's fees and the remainder is taken as a one-off direct debit as soon as you sign up. The next payment will be the first automatic Direct Debit which will be taken on or just befo0re 1st of the month.
FEES AND PAYMENT
Termly Fees can be made in equal instalments monthly or termly and are due on the first day of the month or term, respectively.
Fees must be paid by direct debit via GoCardless through registering with Class Manager:
One term consists of aprox 12 weeks of classes (you get quite a few hours free for show days as we don’t charge extra for those!) One term costs £250 .80 and is split equally across 4 months to keep the monthly cost as affordable and predictable as possible for parents. This is every month INCLUDING HOLIDAYS so you don’t have to stop-start Direct Debits. Eg. based on a single child paying full price, you’ll pay £62.70 per month (one month may only have one lesson in, but equally you’ll only pay £62.70 for a month with 5 Saturday lessons in of the termly fee). Autumn term's payment is split equally between September, October, November and December, Spring's term's payment is split equally between January, February, March and April, Summer term's payment is split equally between May, June, July and August.
Other payments should be made by BACS to
Hayley Richardson trading as HOT Academy, Halifax 11-02-50, 11395761
Charges are as follows:
Singing, Acting or Audition Technique with Hayley: £25 for 30 mins, £40 for 1 hour
Singing, Dance or Drama with other staff: £20 for 30 mins, £35 for 1 hour
(Charges above are based on lessons in the teacher's home or online. Further charges for room hire may be added where required, with previous written agreement between HOT Academy, the tutor and the parent/carer.)
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COMPULSORY NOTICE PERIOD
One full HALF term's WRITTEN notice BY EMAIL ONLY is required upon leaving the Academy and must be acknowledged by email by the principal exclusively via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. We will accept notice on the first day of term (to leave at half term) or during half term holidays (to leave at the end of term). This is payable at full price regardless of attendance, to cover costs of staffing and venue and is taken at the point of registration for those who only wish to stay for one half term in total. Any notice given part way through the term must complete full payment for that half term PLUS pay the one half-term's full notice period (equal to 2 months' payments).
Late fees will incur a £10 late payment fee which increases by £5 each consequent week it is unpaid. The student may be asked to sit out of classes until fees are up to date, unless otherwise agreed. Fees are payable from the week of registration regardless of attendance.
Costumes for shows are provided by parents. You will receive a reminder and suggestions via your class whatsapp group. Any loss or damage to equine used in the show and rehearsals is payable by the PARENT/CARER of the child wearing or using the prop, sound equipment, microphone or set. If more than one child uses it, the cost will be split evenly between parents of the children using the item.
On rare occasions, for special events, extra rehearsals may be added, but this will not be exercised without prior agreement from participants, and if requested after signing up to the event, will only be charged enough to cover the venue and teacher fee if necessary.
Successful triallists/auditionees who accept their place in the school are subject to all terms and conditions as stated on this page and on the website. Standard fees will be payable, and attendance at Saturday Academy rehearsals is required. You do not have to be a current member of the Academy to audition for any of our productions.
Free trials may still be available if you miss the audition date, at the principal's discretion. Please contact for more information. YOU MUST GIVE YOUR NOTICE ON DAY OF REGISTRATION IF YOU WISH TO LEAVE AT THE END OF ONE HALF-TERM as you will be subject to our ONE FULL HALF-TERM’S WRITTEN NOTICE POLICY (BY EMAIL ONLY) from the start of the first term after you’ve given your written notice.
SHOW WEEKEND WHEN THE SHOW IS AT A ‘BIG THEATRE’
These details often change but this is as a base guideline. PLEASE KEEP THE WHOLE OF SHOW WEEKEND FREE!
Please keep free 5-8PM on the FRIDAY of the show weekend for a possible DRESS REHEARSAL and 10-9pm BOTH Saturday and Sunday the show weekend - not all children will be needed the whole time, but a schedule will be sent out nearer Show Day. They will definitely be needed for longer - possibly all day - on the show day.
THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE ON A SHOW BY SHOW BASIS. PLEASE KEEP THE WHOLE WEEKEND FREE UNTIL TIMES ARE CONFIRMED.
Dress rehearsals and technical rehearsals are COMPULSORY FOR THE FULL TIME SCHEDULED.
Please note, there are no ‘comps’ or free tickets available.
Ticket prices contribute to paying for the hire of the venue.
CHAPERONES AND HELPERS
To keep the shows running, we need enough parent helpers backstage. To be fair to all, we require that one adult member of your family is available to Chaperone for at least one 3-hour slot on the show weekend. It may not be required but is often very enjoyable and gives a great insight into what the kids get up to!
TERMLY: 20% discount for the 2nd child in the same family.
20% discount on ALL siblings if 3 or more children are in the same family.
*ONLY ONE DISCOUNT PER FAMILY
DUNSTABLE: ALL SAINTS ACADEMY
Houghton Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5AB
BRACKNELL: MARTIN'S HERON AND THE WARREN COMMUNITY CENTRE,
Martins Heron Tesco, Whitton Rd, Winkfield Row, Bracknell RG12 9TZ
Annual awards are given on the discretion of the staff. Students receive a certificate and named medal to keep and a trophy to hold until the next ceremony where it is awarded to the next recipient. The cost of replacement per trophy is £20 and will be required if the trophy is not returned.
In the event of a Force Majeure, provided HOT Academy Ltd can offer an alternative provision of classes and performance opportunities, full fees are still chargeable. This includes, but is not limited to HOT Academy Ltd providing online group classes and performances including but not limited to pandemic lockdown, restricted access to venues ie road closure, ‘snow days’ etc. In the event of Force Majeure, all terms and conditions as outlined in this document apply in full, including but not limited to our required notice period.
We welcome anyone with a love of theatre to attend our classes. However, it is imperative that parents/carers are transparent with us regarding their child's needs BEFORE attending the trial so we can make reasonable adjustments. That said, we always consider our current students and staff's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and any student - SEND or otherwise - who demonstrate needs greater than our small, private school can provide, or that are detrimental to the group as a whole , will be gently advised of a more suitable class elsewhere. This is always for the good of the potential new student and our current students. Our SEND provision is limited and our staff are not SEND specialists, so we take this consideration of each individual's needs and suitability for the classes very seriously for the good of all.
See www.hotacademy.co.uk/uniform for info and to order. Klarna payment plans available.
Uniform COLOURS are compulsory and should be worn to every lesson BUT LOGO'D ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL.
Uniform is: black leggings/jogging bottoms/jazz pants, plain bright red T-shirt, bright red or black hoodie (this is vital to cover costumes during shows/rehearsals), and black JAZZ SHOES (not jazz boots, sneakers, trainers, ballet shoes or plimsolls). Jazz shoes are absolutely compulsory for all shows and students will NOT be permitted onstage without the correct ones. This saves you hiring or buying shoes for every show!
Uniform is not required for the trial or audition day for new students. Uniform can be purchased directly from us on our website or all good clothes and superstores. Hair should be tied back, smart and off the face. Jewellery is not permitted due to safety.
Attendance is VITAL. Just like any sports team, we require all students to be present each week, to keep our standard high and raise the children’s confidence. Dress rehearsals and technical rehearsals are COMPULSORY FOR THE FULL TIME SCHEDULED.
Mobile phones should be switched off during class, rehearsal & show times due to ‘location’ tracking leading to potential safety risk.
Bad behaviour towards staff and other students, or whilst associated with HOT Academy Ltd in any way may result in immediate and permanent expulsion without refund. Good attendance and punctuality is imperative and will have an impact on casting decisions. Poor attendance or tardiness may result in a student's part being reallocated to another student. Bullying or discrimination of any kind will categorically NOT be tolerated and will be dealt with immediately. In extreme cases, it may lead to expulsion from HOT Academy Ltd.