London drama school the Musical Theatre Academy has agreed to review its safeguarding procedures and its financial processes following a compliance case launched by the Charity Commission.
The Charity Commission said it had no ongoing regulatory concerns about the MTA but that its trustees had been issued with guidance and an action plan about how to “strengthen the charity’s processes”.
“This included reviewing its existing safeguarding procedures and financial controls and ensuring safeguarding leads were trained appropriately. The trustees have committed to implementing the changes,” a statement from the charity regulator said.
Earlier this year, the commission opened a regulatory compliance case into the school to examine its safeguarding and governance arrangements after concerns were raised.
It said it had been assured by the school’s response as part of the regulatory case, which is an intermediate form of action enabling inquiries by the Charity Commission but is not a formal statutory inquiry.
Details of the case have not been made public, but MTA chair Jon Harries said the school did not believe “this particular complaint was justified”.
He said: “We were pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Charity Commission and to receive their guidance. We are of course happy to hear that the commission has no regulatory concern about our operation.
“We’re an effective and robust organisation, providing a unique service to our students and always ready to learn more about how to keep improving.”
The MTA, founded in 2009, offers a fast-track musical theatre training programme, held over two years rather than the traditional three-year course.