Governance

Central School of Ballet is an independent training organisation and registered charity number 285398. The School is administered through a Board of Governors, which includes representatives from the dance industry including leading dance companies and related arts organisations and from a wide range of industries and business sectors providing skills and advice to support Central’s goals. The Board meets regularly to discuss the objectives, strategy and performance of the organisation which is then implemented by the Executive Director and executive team.

Members of the Board of Governors are appointed in accordance with the company’s Articles of Association, serving for one period of three years renewable for a further two terms of three years each.

The Board has three requisite sub-committees: a finance committee, an audit committee, and a remuneration and nominations committee. From time to time the Board establishes other ad hoc committees or working groups to address specific strategic matters.

The School is a member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, a Higher Education Institute of six schools dedicated to education in the fields of dance, drama and circus.  All Higher Education students at Central are currently registered with the Office for Students through the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama, and their courses are academically validated by the University of Kent.

Looking to the future

Central is an independent training organisation and charity, registered charity number 285398. The school is currently a member school of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD), but over the next few years will be moving towards greater independence. Central is seeking self-registration as an independent Higher Education Provider with the Office for Students, with plans to end its membership of CDD by 1 August 2022. This is earlier than the 2023 exit date formerly published on our website. As Central moves into our new home, The Countess of Wessex Studios in Southwark, this path towards greater autonomy and independence will allow the School to respond dynamically to the changing needs of the dance world, as well as engage in new partnerships and activities locally, nationally and internationally. All Central courses will continue to be validated by the University of Kent, and the CDD and Central will continue to support our students in the successful completion of their studies, aiming to ensure there is no disruption for those studying with us during the transition to independence.