17 August 2020 16:00

RAD statement on Ballet West (updated)

18 August 2020

The ITV news report on Monday 17 August, did not provide a full and accurate account of events in 2012. Whilst we are unable to share the details, we want to assure you that our handling of the information at the time was thorough and appropriate, in line with our policies and procedures.

As a police investigation into Ballet West has now officially been opened, the Academy has offered its full assistance to the investigations.

The RAD remains cognisant of and committed to our safeguarding responsibilities to children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We believe this situation is a wake-up call for the dance teaching profession as a whole and has brought into sharp focus the gaps in the responsibilities of local authorities, other agencies and registered bodies.

As a leading dance education and training organisation, we believe the issue needs to be tackled directly and collectively and we will be approaching other sector leaders to start the conversation to identify the actions needed to drive change.

Original statement from 17 August 2020

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is deeply concerned by the serious allegations made about Ballet West.

Following the resignation of the Vice-Principal, a non-teaching member of the Royal Academy of Dance, and the suspension of a senior member of staff at Ballet West (an RAD Registered Teacher), the RAD has suspended both memberships, pending the outcome of the external independent inquiry or in the event of new information.

The RAD takes the safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults very seriously. We are guided by robust safeguarding policies and procedures, which are reviewed annually in line with legislation by a designated Safeguarding Committee and approved by our Board of Trustees. 

The RAD is not the governing body for Ballet West and has no legal or regulatory responsibility for the school. Since 2019, the RAD and Ballet West have had an agreement in place offering Ballet West students the opportunity to gain eligibility for RAD Registered Teacher Status. Eligible students must hold an undergraduate degree and have been successful on the RAD’s Access Route. The RAD chooses only to work with reputable and accredited dance institutions. In light of these allegations, and following the decision made by Bath Spa University to end immediately their partnership with Ballet West for delivery of their BA (Hons) Ballet degree programme, the RAD will be terminating its agreement with Ballet West.

The RAD is committed to the wellbeing of all its students. We have contacted all Ballet West students currently enrolled on the RAD Access Route confirming our intention to continue with the delivery of the Access Route for those students already registered.