The school is inclusive and multicultural; we currently have approximately 200 pupils attending on a weekly basis during term time. 20 of those pupils are boys, the rest girls…. I would estimate that at least half of the pupils attend three/four sessions per week the very younger end of the school (3/7yrs) once to two/three per week. Many of the pupils studying all subjects are with us for about 18 hours per week
The school is inclusive and multicultural; we currently have approximately 280 pupils attending on a weekly basis during term time.
The school was running classes from the Hartley Centre in the Barking Road up until July 2015. The Centre was closed and then we ran our classes from two separate venues, Newham Leisure Centre,
Prince Regents lane, and Brampton Primary School, Masterman Road, East Ham we now operate from Stratford Academy Grosvenor Road site over 55 hours of tuition is provided per week, employing specialised
teaching staff. We currently operate on a Tuesday evening from 4.30pm - 10pm a Thursday from 4.30pm - 10 pm. Fridays 4.30pm - 10pm and Saturdays from 9am -5 pm .
Newham and the surrounding areas fall within the bottom percentiles of the registers for income, education, skills & training, health deprivation & disability, and access to employment & services. This means that despite the desire or interest of children and young adults in the Borough to participate in sport, dance, music and the arts, there are not always the facilities, the community support or the teaching skills available for them to pursue their talents, alongside other more challenging factors that they may personally face. I as principal of the school have realised that I could not continue to run the school in its present state. The cost of running the school with rents and wages was becoming impossible with parents not being able to afford the class fees and ever increasing rents/wages to pay out therefore, I decided that the only way the school could survive was to try to achieve charitable status. This was achieved in October 2008.
We also have social gatherings for the parents and children, summer day trips to the seaside, Christmas parties, and prize giving discos.
We are working very hard to try and make a difference to the community who are interested and have a passion for the performing arts. Please see our website www.ddtst.com for further information.
The Trust needs to raise 1 million pounds to complete the project and needs to secure the building on a 15 year lease from Newham council on condition that the renovations are carried out, facilities to be offered are: - four dance studios, circus skill training areas, sound studio/recording equipment, study space with computers and IT facilities, boys and girls changing rooms shower facilities, café bar, safe entry and cctv systems and enclosed garden.
A full time ISTD level three and four teaching course is currently offered in partnership with Adult Education during the daytime, this will be expanded . Genres during evening and weekend classes will be expanded to include Cheerleading, rhythmic gymnastics, Salsa, Zumba, Bollywood, classical Indian dance, Latin American, Ballroom, African dance, Adult classes will be introduced alongside classes specifically targeted to groups with disabilities.
We are working very hard to try and make a difference to the community who are interested and have a passion for the performing arts. Please see the rest of our website for further information.