Merton Schools Dance Festival


Perseid Upper School Studios

Middleton Road Morden Surrey SM4 6RU

Competition date

19th Mar 2024 @ 3:15 PM -
21st Mar 2024 @ 3:15 PM

Team requirements

  • Age: KS2, KS3 and KS4
  • Mixed gender event
  • Squad size: Maximum of 15 pupils per troop
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Inclusive Festival

Competition type

Competitions and Festivals

This event will take place over 2 afternoons – after school. Your troop will be allocated a date of either 19th or 21st March 2024.


  • Booking is available to all schools on the initial booking date of:
  • Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm.
  • There are limited slots available however if the festival is in high demand, we will use a back up date to extend the opportunity to more schools.

Event Eligibility

  • This is Festival-based event open to all MSSP Primary, Secondary and Special Schools.
  • The intent and principles of the festival have been designed to support pupils learning of the different activities and not be restricted by enforcement of the rules.
  • We anticipate that many children may not have attended one of our sports events before and aim for children to learn more about the sports and skills throughout the day.
  • We endeavour to design our events to be accessible and enjoyable for SEND participants. Please let us know if you plan to bring children with either communication and interaction needs, cognition and learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health difficulties or sensory and physical needs. We will be mindful when shaping our festivals to amend activities to suit any participants with these needs and impairments.


Performance based show. All styles of dance welcome.


  • 3.15pm Arrival for schools 
  • 4.25pm Audience seating 
  • 4.30pm Show start
  • 5.30pm Show end
  • 6pm Schools depart 

(If the event is in high demand, an additional date will be sought to include more troops) 

Staffing and Spectators 

For this onsite, performance-based event, audience members will be permitted entry with a pre-booked place/ticket via their school PE Coordinator. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part of the one-ticket-per-performer structure for it to be fair for all schools. 

All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school.

DBS numbers, full name and school will be required in advance by the host school. 

Event Eligibility 

  • This is a Festival event.
  • We welcome all abilities of dance across mainstream and SEND schools.
  • School troops should be well prepared and have time to practise their routines before attending this event.

Team Requirements & Eligibility 

  • Age: KS2 (Also open for KS3 entries – please email
  • Mixed gender event.
  • Squad size: Maximum of 15 pupils per troop.

Competition Format

  • There will be no judges or competitive level at this event.

Draw Format

  • The running order of the show will be determined by the event organiser.
  • Each troop will have time to rehearse in the space before audience members arrive.


  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.

Kit & Equipment

  • No jewellery permitted.  
  • Children are allowed to perform barefooted.


  • We are welcoming all styles and genres of dance to encourage pupils with a wide range of dance on display.  
  • Troop size: Maximum 15 dancers.  
  • Audience Tickets: We will provide at least 1 audience ticket per child in your troop.  
  • Please let us know how many you will require and we can then reallocate any additional seats.
  • Length of piece: Between 2-3 minutes.
  • Music: Must not contain inappropriate or lewd lyrics and must be commercially available.
  • Sound: MP3/4 format must be sent in advance via
  • Please bring a spare copy of your song with you on the day on USB/CD.
  • Visuals: Projection and lighting effects will not be available.
  • Space: Studio floor space with wings.
  • Dimensions: Depth 27ft, Visual width 21ft, Wing width 5ft either side.
  • Performance: Small props can be used but no scenery will be permitted.
  • Please ensure your children arrive in costume if possible, to reduce changing time.
  • Parking: There is NO onsite parking at Perseid Upper School. Please make pick-up arrangements with any visiting parents as we must all be offsite by 6pm.


  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending. 

Winner’s Pathway

MSSP Duty of Care 

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out: 

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed 
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed. 

Safeguarding and DBS 

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation. 

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders: 

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events 

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.  

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here 

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here 

Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.  

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here

If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.

Photo Consent 

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event. 

Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.  

Social Media 

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First Aid 

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.  

Comments, Compliments and Complaints 

MSSP aims to deliver a first-class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here

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