Project information

Satellite School

Central School of Ballet's Satellite School offers free weekly ballet classes to primary school children in Southwark. Delivered by professional teachers and musicians, the project provides a fun and sociable physical activity that promotes creativity and encourages a healthy lifestyle.

September 2014 - July 2015

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  • Need


    Central School of Ballet has been delivering dance workshops to primary school children in Southwark for several years. Evaluation of the work showed that participants benefitted from increased confidence alongside the discovery of their own creative ability. The projects however took place for only a few weeks per year meaning that pupils who discovered a real enjoyment of dance, but whose families could not afford to pay for afterschool classes had no way to continue developing this skill.


    The Satellite School provides free after school ballet classes, one evening per week throughout the school year, (excluding school holidays). Classes take place at the Alfred Salter Primary School, with participants attending from two other primary schools in the local area. All classes are taught by highly experienced teachers and are accompanied by live musicians.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide free weekly ballet classes to children in Southwark


    » Deliver free ballet classes, one evening per week during term time at Alfred Salter School with pupils from two other Primary Schools also attending.

    This will be deemed a success if classes are delivered throughout the 2014/15 academic year during term time with at least 10 students from each school regularly attending.

    Aim 2

    Develop pupils’ dance ability and inspire a focussed attitude in class


    » Engage professional dance facilitators with extensive experience of teaching ballet and creative movement to young people.
    » Arrange a visit for project participants to Central School of Ballet to watch an informal performance and student rehearsals in the studios.

    This will be monitored from dance teacher feedback.

    Aim 3

    Offer an inspirational example of live ballet performance


    » We plan to take the project participants to a performance by Ballet Central, Central School of Ballet’s graduate touring company at a London theatre.

    If regular attendees are provided with a free opportunity to see Ballet Central perform live, this aim will be acheived.

    Aim 4

    Give participants a performance opportunity


    » We plan to arrange a performance for the participants to present what they have been learning in their classes to friends and family.

    If regular attendees are given the opportunity to perform for friends and family this will have been acheived.

  • Impact


    The project will provide young people with a creative outlet as well as providing them with a regular and fun, physical activity that will support and promote a healthy lifestyle. Participants will also become more comfortable with taking part and watching dance through the visits to Central School of Ballet and a theatre as well as giving their own performance.


    The main risk is lack of financial support for the project to ensure that there is longevity to allow participants to attend for continuous years. We are seeking funding from a range of sources to ensure the project's sustainability.


    Donors will receive a report at the end of the academic year featuring project details and feedback from teachers and participants as well as email updates of any major developments throughout the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,293

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,230 Teachers' fees Dance teacher and assistant.
      £2,257 Musical accompaniment Pianist fees
      £2,110 Ballet Central performance Coach hire and tickets
      £1,350 Class facilities Moveable ballet barres, uniform.
      £2,346 Other costs Performance opp, admin, travel for Central students to support a class, summer workshop scholarship.
      £2,800 Other staff Learning and Participation Manager
      £1,200 Visit to Central School Coach hire

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Ernest Cook Charitable Trust £7,500 Guaranteed
    Austin and Hope Pilkington Charitable Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    In 2013 it was reported that 24% of children in Southwark were living in poverty. The three schools involved with the Satellite School all have a level of pupils eligible for free school meals above the national average. Public Health England reported that in Southwark during 2012-13 26.7% of 4-5yr olds and 42.3% of 10-11 yr olds were classed as overweight. The Satellite School provides structured physical activity, free of charge in a fun and creative environment.


    7-11 yr old pupils from Alfred Salter Primary School and two other local schools based in Southwark.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Satellite School has been in operation since 2011, managed and administered by Central School of Ballet's Learning and Participation Department which has over 20 years of experience running a Junior School for children aged 3-16 in Farringdon. We take pride in working with the best qualified dance teachers who have a wealth of experience working with children and young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Quang Kien Van - Ballet Tutor

    Central School of Ballet graduate, dance outreach practitioner. Has danced with Matthew Bourne’s Company, Cirque du Soleil & Michael Clark Company.

    Karine Rathle - Ballet Tutor

    Dancer, choreographer, teacher (Montréal, New York, Ottawa, Buenos Aires, & London), rehearsal director and researcher in dance science.

    Debra Cougil

    Head of Learning and Participation at Central School of Ballet