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Children’s performing arts school closes leaving parents out of pocket

Kings Performing Arts. Credit: Facebook Kings Performing Arts. Credit: Facebook
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Parents claim they have been left out of pocket after a children’s performing arts company was forced to close due to financial issues.

Kings Performing Arts in Middlesbrough, which is understood to have held classes at different locations across Teesside, including at Rye Hills School, posted on its Facebook page on April 14 that the company would be closing.

However, two parents have told The Stage they have still not received money they claim to be owed, totalling £110, while others have commented on the Facebook post enquiring about refunds.

Tamsin Smitheringale, whose daughter attended a class with Kings, says she is owed £40, which she has been chasing since November 2017 after her daughter left the class.

She told The Stage: “It’s disgusting. When they needed money off you they treated it with urgency but as soon as they owed you money they ignored you for months.

“I know £40 isn’t a lot, but I have three children, two who are in primary school, and that £40 could have gone towards their school trips this year.”

Another mother, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed she was owed £60 in fees for two of her children who attended classes with Kings, and £10 for a t-shirt she says she ordered but never received.

She added: “My girls liked attending and they throughly enjoyed it but the communication was terrible, at least they could of had the decency to reply to me.”

A statement on Kings Performing Arts website said: “Due to finance-related issues that started in September and continued throughout the first term with less than two thirds of students fees being paid, a change of staff during the autumn term and other personal circumstances, we have had to close Kings Performing Arts.

“Please cancel any standing orders that may still be active as the bank account is now closed.”

The statement went on to ask parents who are owed a refund to contact the school via email.

Kings Performing Arts did not respond to a request for comment from The Stage.

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