Student Access and Participation Statement

Summary

Starquest Performers College Limited is committed to creating a supporting and inclusive environment for all students and staff to be able to fulfil their individual goals and potential as future performers and/or teachers.

Starquest Performers College is an independent education provider specialising in the training and teaching of musical theatre performing arts and dance teaching.

The College was initially set up in 2014 under a sole trader status. It has had a good level of success since then with its initial intake of students going on to full-time employment within the performing arts industry.

Starquest Performers College provides a three year course in musical theatre studies and performance skills and also a three year performance based and/or teacher training course, offering level 4 diploma on the National Curriculum’s Framework, in dance genres and musical theatre studies.

From the 2019-2020 academic year onwards, the College will start to trade with a Limited Company status as we are now committed to improving access, success and education training and career progression and would like to appeal to a wide cross section of students from a range of backgrounds and abilities.

The college will still offer its level 4 diplomas but will review its offering for the future to maybe upgrade to a level 6 musical theatre diploma through Trinity College London and/or a top-up BA (Hons) degree through a chosen university/partner and would embrace their access and participation plan when and if selection goes ahead.

 

Mission

To provide a safe, inclusive and professional vocational educational environment where all students have the opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations and to fulfil their career paths within their chosen fields.

 

Vision

To be a top level and leading provider of vocational education and development of students within the performing arts sectors.

 

Values

  • Provide the highest quality of training through small class sizes with more one-to-one student contact
  • Value opportunity, diversity and inclusiveness
  • Create a culture of professionalism, openness, empowerment, exchange and responsibility
  • Constantly strive and learn to teach and perform better
  • Be proactive and innovative in our teaching methods
  • Work with openness and honesty
  • Respond to changes and challenges within the performing arts industry and reflect those changes and challenges within the teaching and training in order to provide students with the most up-to-date current trends knowledge and information needed when preparing them for their professional careers.
  • Value staff and their contribution to the College and its teaching curriculum
  • Sustain and promote value for money

Access ambitions and strategy

Starquest Performers College will not discriminate on the basis of:

  • Disability (this includes physical, mental, sensory and learning difficulties)
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender or gender reassignment status

Our aim is to ensure places are offered to prospective students whose qualifications, skills and experience match the entry requirements and academic demands of our courses.

However it is our overall ambition to widen participation and include students from a wide range of socio-demographic and economic groups. We want to offer performing arts training to all those who would like to pursue a career in the performing arts sectors, whether on stage, behind the scenes or teaching.

Student intake to date has tended to be those aged between 16–26 years old, UK white females and although we do not discriminate on colour, race, gender etc, at present we have found that we have not been able to enrol students from other backgrounds as yet.

This may be due to the fact that the Creative Arts education sector attracts more white women than men and more white students than BAME.

According to the Universities UK report on ‘Patterns and trends in UK higher Education 20181, there has been a 10.5% increase of students studying Creative Arts and Design since 2007/08 to 2016/17, of these over 80% are classed as white male and female and just over 60% were female (source: HESA Student Record 2016-17).

As well as continuing to accept our current participation group, it is our intention to widen our participation to provide opportunities to students who are:

  • male
  • BAME
  • living in areas of low higher education participation and household income
  • people with disabilities

We will continue to market and target those groups where and when we can and have recently sent out some printed direct mail to secondary schools within the South East area with the hope of building awareness of our college and what we offer.

We are currently considering some out-reach teaching in local schools which we could develop in order to promote diversity within the college.

 

Activities and student support

Starquest Performers College is totally committed to support all our current students in the access and participation of their course and training.

As well as the general academic support on classes for learning, students are also offered individual tuition for those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and general learning requirements.

We also offer awareness and support in future development within the following:

  • personal development
  • current trend requirements
  • background knowledge support in chosen genres
  • personal accountancy and financial management
  • self evaluation
  • self promotion including audition technique and preparation for repertoire suitability.

Feedback from students is done termly and we actively encourage their input of how they feel they are progressing and course objectives for reassurance.

We also offer pastoral support and advice regarding outside scenarios and influences, accommodation and personal issues that students may be dealing with.

The college continues to support student success and will help promote these where we can. We also take a keen interest our alumni and their professional career pathways and continue to help where we can to give advice, support and references.

As the years progress we will endeavour to build and share our student inclusion information, successes, outcomes and employability rates which will help to evaluate the effectiveness of our course, its structure, teaching and ability.

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