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  1. Last year we applied in March and received an acceptance on 13th April then no further communication until 17 May when a new summer school coordinator took over - communication in general was quite sporadic in response to emails . I have no information on this year's summer school as DD has different plans this year.
  2. Yes my DD did a mixture of GCSEs and iGCSEs at Elmhurst which is why they don't appear on academic league tables. They did whichever fits in best with the time constraints i.e. Less practical work
  3. Most motivated children at Elmhurst can achieve excellent GCSE results with many achieving numerous A* and As in a limited number of subjects ( my DD achieved 10).Teaching is particularly good in Maths English and History.In Maths several children did further Maths in addition to GCSE Maths .In addition English Language and some French work was completed in Year 10 to reduce the workload in Year 11 .Achieving at A level is more difficult at present 6 options are available- Art Dance Drama English Maths and biology, only 2 may be chosen and only 5 hours per subject per week are timetabled.The options for 2017/18 are changing and I know that Dance isn't being offered.The days are very full in upper school and most students find it difficult to do justice to their A level studies and underachieve, as their first commitment is to dance in 6th form.
  4. I recently added my DD back onto the school BUPA scheme in place of AXA-PPP as 2 of my favoured physio providers no longer accept AXA - this is due to AXA-PPPs poor reimbursement of physios . Having said that if DD was referred by a consultant she was able to have unlimited physio on her AXA - PPP policy.
  5. Nick Allen at the Jerwood Centre in Birmingham.BRB's medical director 01212453544.
  6. I Will have a few hours to pass on Sunday morning.Any suggestions for good coffee shops / relaxing near the RAD headquarters .I will be on public transport.
  7. Good news here also for my DD
  8. My DDs first tutu was £19.99 off eBay crushed velvet stretchy lilac Lycra body comfy & forgiving - looked effective on stage & didn't stop her winning medals. Hanging in a corner in her bedroom as a memento now.
  9. DD said no pointe work at prelims last year but to take pointe shoes as it changes year on year, but she did do pointe at Tring as her solo was en pointe .Pointe was required in finals- fouettes were required at English National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School. DD also said requirements also can vary between groups.
  10. 12/15 on my specialist subject !
  11. Absolutely down to a fine art! Had to sacrifice the gummy bears in post #21 to fit in a few strepsils
  12. Today's parcel contained USB stick to back up work on dodgy laptop, more dance thongs, train tickets home , silly card , photo of Cumbrian cows in the rain , heart and star confetti ( drives her mad when she opens the envelope) some gummy bears & lots of love .Roll on leave out.
  13. Very disappointing pups mum.I would definitely raise it with the school .
  14. My DD got to WL and Elmhurst finals for year 7 but didn't get a place. She reauditioned in the January prelims for a year 8 place and was offered an immediate place in year 7 as a place had opened up and started after Easter in year 7 - so go for it if your DD wants to
  15. DD really enjoyed this course which had a good friendly atmosphere.Well organised though practical information was quite late in coming through ( 2 weeks before the start) due to a change in course coordinator. There was no dress code. There were 3 ladies groups of about 20 students and 1 men's group. There were 7 French girls in my daughters group, and others from the USA , UK, Australia, and elsewhere in mainland Europe.Students were mainly from elite vocational schools .Age range 15-21. Classes ran from 10-5.30 Monday to Friday and Sat am.All days started with a 1.5 hour ballet class , then pointe, or Pas de deux for the oldest group, then rep/ contemporary. Tuition was top rate,and inspirational . Classes were conducted in English but individual corrections were given in English or French depending on the students origins, as the majority of the teachers were French speaking. It was possible to audition for the Dutch National Academy during the course.About half the students stayed in the StayOkay hostel in Zeeburg which was an 8 -11 minute tram journey away .Tram travel cost about €45 for the 2 weeks using the chip card travel card, including use in free time. The hostel was in a quiet residential neighbourhood , spacious , bright and clean.Communal meals were provided at breakfast and dinner, except at the weekends.Students were expected to make up a lunch pack from the breakfast items. Snacks such as muffins and Pringles were available for purchase.DD was not impressed by the food, but she is very picky , but still managed to find adequate nourishment.There is a supermarket across the road from Dutch National Opera and Ballet where the classes were held.My DD had a preloaded travel card with euros which was a MasterCard- a number of shops however only accepted Maestro cards including the Albert Hein supermarkets, she was able to use this to withdraw cash from ATMs.Wifi was patchy in the dorms but adequate in the communal areas. There was a secure luggage storage area.My DD was in a 6 person dorm, very basic , no soap or towels provided. The dorm accommodation was arranged by age and the dancers were housed with others on the course. The hostel is very large sleeping 600.No supervision was provided outside of class times ,suiting confident ,independant dancers .My DD enjoyed the freedom to explore Amsterdam with her new dance friends and found it a friendly ,safe city.Sensibly she declined the offer of cocktails (at 16) in the Ice Bar.There was a comprehensive 2 hour studio presentation at the end of the course at 3:15 on the final Friday featuring all the dancers in at least 3 pieces of work and attended by the Artistic Director of Dutch National Ballet Company.The course was expensive but worthwhile.