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    Questions about Upper School auditions

    They do have some school scholarships which apparently mirror Dada funding.
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    Social Media

    Another question then. Does Whatsapp reply on the people you are communicating with knowing your phone number or email address? (I don't give those out as a general rule). On Facebook you can add people without knowing those personal details.
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    Ballet vs academics

    I think its very unlikely that 5 hours of dance per week is affecting schoolwork that much. It's much more likely to be something else, friendship issues, moving into Year 5 so heading towards SATS in year 6 and extra pressure. Others in her class at school being late bloomers so catching up academically or just a sudden discovery of social media, Fortnite or whatever the current trend is. Does she sleep well?
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    Hammond and JA?

    I have no idea why it’s allowed other than it’s seen as more akin to a high quality summer school/performance opportunity. The one dancer I know who did it rehearsed in the summer holidays and the performances were at her “home” theatre.
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    Hammond and JA?

    I’m fairly sure that it would not be allowed. He would be dancing 6 days per week as it is. Occasional one off workshops & summer schools are allowed as well as English Youth Ballet but regular classes/associate schemes are not.
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    Btda intermediate exam

    Yes it is. Each accredited qualification has a size & a level & some confer UCAS points. So a Level 2 qualification will include GCSE’s, Grade 5 RAD/ABRSM Level 2 Btec etc Level 3 is A Level, Btec Nat Diploma, Grade 8, Intermediate Level 4 is HND, 1st year degree, Advanced 1 & so on. Dance teaching diplomas are available from Level 4 onwards.
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    Btda intermediate exam

    It means that their exams sit on the Qualifications Framework or whatever it is called now.
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    Btda intermediate exam

    British Theatre Dance Association. One of the lesser known exam boards but as far as I am aware it is accredited.
  9. Just a heads up as I think from what other forum members said that this sold out last year. Sunday 27th January 2019 Age 11-18 A day of Free masterclasses including ballet, commercial & musical theatre at The Hammond School, Chester Email linda.young@thehammondschool.co.uk to register interest.
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    Questions about Upper School auditions

    I think that if the exemptions were not in place then many employers and educational institutions would be reluctant to give references at all.
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    Questions about Upper School auditions

    References provided in confidence are exempt from Disclosure under a SAR according to the Data Protection Act 2018. https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/exemptions/
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    Ballet West Finance

    Yes. If your child is awarded a DaDA it isn’t a loan so you don’t have to pay it back but it is means tested so there is often a parental contribution towards fees.
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    Ballet West Finance

    I don't have a child there but can confirm tht yes, the maximum Student Loan for fees is £6,165. The Mainenance Loan available depends on your family income and is a maximum of £8,700. You can use this calculator to give an idera of what you might get. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator
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    Social Media

    I'll have to check if ds has upgraded his 5s to ios 12
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    Homesickness

    I thnk a lot depends on your location. When dd begin in year 7 she felt very isolated not being able to board and the long commute took its toll but by Year 11 when we gave her the option of boarding in her final year she chose not to and said she didn't think she'd have been very happy in full boarding. (She did spend a few weeks most years in boarding due to other commitments or family ill health etc.) I think its the lack of privacy and sleep that takes its toll the most. She was a 60-90min car or train journey away. If she'd been at the other end of the country work and family (her brother) commitments would have meant that we couldn't have brought her home each weekend. If she had been homesick in that situation it may not have been feasible to continue. The ideal situation to my mond would be to board in the week and have a wekend day at home but thats not always practical. I now have the complete opposite situation. Dd has gone away at 16 without so much as a second glance, has chosen not to come home on the exeat weekend and has informed us that she also isn't coming home for her birthday. We had to send a passive aggresive text in order to get her to call/facetime us!
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