This is the legal bit, modelled on the lesson contracts of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
The Teacher will give tuition during school terms, during the school day on a weekly basis, at the school, on a rotating timetable, on a day mutually convenient to the Teacher and the School.
2. Payment of fees
The Pupil (or the Pupil’s parent or carer) will pay the fees for each term in full on or before the last lesson of the previous term. In the case of the first term, before 31st August. The Teacher’s fees are revised in July each year.
Cheques should be made payable to Fergus Black.
3. Lesson timetable
Before the first lesson of each term, the Teacher will give the Pupil (or the Pupil’s parent or carer) written confirmation of the date and time of the first lesson of the term.
4. Missed lessons
The Teacher will charge for any scheduled lessons which the Pupil does not attend, unless the Teacher chooses not to do so because of exceptional circumstances. If the Teacher cancels a scheduled lesson, the Pupil (or the Pupil’s parent or carer) may choose between (i) carrying the lesson forward; (ii) receiving a replacement lesson; or (iii) receiving a refund of the lesson fee.
5. Examinations, competitions and public performances
The Pupil will not be entered for any examination, competition or public performance without the prior consent of both the Teacher and the Pupil (and the Pupil’s parent or carer, where appropriate).
6. Termination of tuition
(a) This Agreement may be ended by mutual consent at any time by both signatories to it signing and dating a written statement to that effect.
(b) Where fees are not paid on time, the Teacher reserves the right, entirely at the Teacher’s discretion, to terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by giving written notice of termination to the Pupil or Pupil’s parent or carer. This right to terminate is without prejudice to any other rights the Teacher may have.
(c) Either signatory to this Agreement may terminate the Agreement by giving notice in writing to the other signatory at least one month before the end of a term for the termination to take effect at the end of that term. Such termination will take effect at the end of a term only and not at any other time. If the Teacher gives notice to terminate tuition at the end of a term in accordance with this Condition 6(c) the Teacher will continue to provide lessons until the end of that term.
7. Failure to give notice
Unless terminated under Condition 6 above, this Agreement shall continue from term to term. If the Pupil (or the Pupil’s parent or carer) fails to give full notice to terminate this Agreement in accordance with Condition 6(c) above and the signatories have not agreed to terminate the Agreement in accordance with Condition 6(a) above, the following charges will be made in lieu of notice:
(a) Where the notice given is less than that required under Condition 6(c), but is one month or more before the start of the next term: 50% of the fees for the next term;
(b) Where the notice given is less than one month before the start of the next term: 100% of the fees for the next term.
If the Pupil stops attending lessons during a term, the Pupil (or the Pupil’s parent or carer) is not entitled to a refund of any fees paid for that term. The Pupil is entitled to attend any lessons paid for.
If the Teacher stops lessons without giving the correct notice specified in Condition 6(c) above the Teacher shall refund any fees already paid for any lessons not given.
If the Teacher, in his or her reasonable opinion, feels unable to continue tuition on account of unreasonable conduct by the Pupil or anyone connected with the Pupil, the fees for any outstanding lessons will not be refundable.
(a) Any changes to the terms of this Agreement must be confirmed in writing and signed and dated by both the Teacher and the Pupil (or the Pupil’s parent or carer).
(b) If the Teacher chooses to waive any right or remedy under this Agreement or otherwise (for example, if the Teacher chooses to waive fees for any lessons which the Pupil does not attend) this shall not mean that he or she must do so in future or that he or she waives any other rights or remedies, unless agreed in writing in accordance with Condition 9(a) above.
10. Communication between the parties
For the purposes of this Agreement written notice must be given on paper or by email.
11. Governing law and jurisdiction
This Agreement shall be subject to the laws of the jurisdiction of the location for the lessons (specified above) and the signatories to this Agreement agree that any dispute relating to the subject matter of this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that jurisdiction.
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