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I’m new to such forums but the dance world is very complex in deed, no matter what the level, vocational or non vocational and all the other variables! So I’m looking for anyone with any advice or experience on day students at the Hammond. Thanks 

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Several day students in DD’s year - what are you wanting to know? Feel free to PM if you prefer 😁

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Hello CruelDance and welcome to the Forum!  If you click on your red Hammond tag it will bring up loads of threads where the Hammond is discussed.

 

I am sure members will chip in if you have any specific queries too.

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Thank you everyone for replying my DD has done some Associate places and auditioned at the Hammond recently and has been offered a Y9 place.  From what I gather funding is unlikely so we are just looking into options and wondered if there are school buses for any borders from anywhere and do the children settle as well if just day students?

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My DD was often invited to sleepovers at day students houses and they would also meet in  town and go shopping too.   There is a boarding activity day out once a year that I don’t think day students can attend and also a boarders Xmas party and I always felt this was unfair but I have no idea if the day students themselves felt this.  However, I also know of occasions when day students have been at the boarding house to socialise with their friends and also join in on days to cinema etc. From what I see they all seem to get along irrespective of whether they are boarders or not

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Picturesinthefirelight was there a school bus for day students or did you arrange your own accommodation?

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She travelled every day by car with her Dad.  Occasionally by train then a taxi from Chester Station to school. Another day student in her year travelled by train from Crewe each day but she was a drama student and they finish at 4/5pm rather than 6pm.  It was sometimes possible to get a lift on the boarders bus (boarding house was 5 mins walk from Chester station).  Some students got a public bus to Warrington Road (by the Toby carvery) and walked from there. 

 

She did feel quite quite socially isolated at first especially when everyone was talking about the Christmas party and the summer leavers party. What they were wearing etc etc. There were no equivalent events that day students could attend. I think that’s one thing the school has got wrong in terms of including everybody. However she does have an asd so social skills are not her strong point. 

 

She often used used to get the boarding bus after Saturday morning class and go into town with the boarders. I’d then go and pick her up later. She also boarded during production week. 

 

 

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