Razzamataz Performing Arts School Wimbledon

Why every child is special

For some children and young people, they also have challenges of coping with additional needs. That can be anything from dyslexia, autism or health complications.

Denise Hutton-Gosney is the MD and Founder of Dragons’ Den backed theatre school franchise Razzamataz, with a school based in Wimbledon. Denise has encountered what it feels like to parent a child with additional needs as she explains: “My four-year old son Lewis was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just two. This is a condition which poses many challenges to his day to day life. However, with careful management, he can lead a completely normal life so I was particularly shocked and upset when a tutor refused to teach him because of it. While I would not expect anyone to administer medical treatments, I was very sad that he was excluded even when we explained that she would be fully supported and would not need to deal with his condition, just to liaise with us his parents and my diabetes team.”

Fortunately for Denise and Lewis, many children’s activities have a much better understanding and he is able to experience fun classes and clubs like any other little boy, including Razz Minis, which he adores.

As a franchise, every Razzamataz school is under strict obligations to adhere to a stringent set of audits to ensure they are as inclusive as possible. This includes: First aid certificates, DBS/PVG certificates for all their team, full insurance, risk assessments, fire assessments, child protection policies, GDPR policies and thorough staff training and induction.

“We also annually review our safeguarding policy and child protection to keep up with current legislation and best practice,” adds Denise. “We have a care plan outline that Principals can access and as well as safeguarding training before each school opens and we constantly share best practice and update the whole network to ensure consistency across the schools.”

The care and attention to detail that Razzamataz Wimbledon offer students and their families have led to wonderful student success stories over the years.

Razzamataz offers a wide range of performing arts styles for children age 2-18 including current trends that are accessible to children and teenagers. Razzamataz classes consist of dance, drama and singing and the curriculum covers the whole of the performing arts, from classic West End musical theatre to street dance, pop singing and acting for camera.

Razzamataz Wimbledon is committed to helping as many children as possible the chance to enjoy performing arts. Principal of the school Sophie Atkins says: “We have many students who have additional needs that really flourish with us. It’s quite heartbreaking to meet parents who are genuinely shocked that we welcome their children who have particularly needs. The success comes from meeting with parents and talking through each child’s care plan and if necessary we will arrange to meet with their medical professional to get some training. We will do absolutely all we can to ensure each child can enjoy our classes and meet new friends in a safe and caring environment.”

Razzamataz Wimbledon is held at St Cecilia's School, Sutherland Grove SW18 5JR every Saturday morning. To book a FREE taster session or discuss any particular needs, email wimbledon@razzamataz.co.uk or call 07500 837911. Alternatively visit wimbledon.razzamataz.co.uk

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