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  1. Sorry, I don’t have any insider information from the current year 11 group 🤣
  2. Once you’ve filled in the form and sent the £150 then they will assume that you are going unless you tell them otherwise after the funding audition. Every year there are lots that drop out at that point due to lack of funding. The number of mds places varies year to year; when my dd auditioned there are only 8 and they weren’t all given to the incoming y7s, one went to a y8. In the current year 7 there were about 13. The number available is determined by how many mds pupils there are leaving that year, as they ‘recycle’ them to the new year group joining.
  3. This is something I’ve been so careful to tell our two dc, I would hate for them to think that they had to continue because they owed us something. At times I have also needed to remind their teachers of this too, that it is just school, albeit a very different sort of school! Your dd is amazing, and will be fabulous in her newly chosen career. I wish her all the luck in the world.
  4. It is income - all income, pre tax and deductions - but not other assets. The calculator is fairly accurate.
  5. It’s worth asking if they’re wildly out but from my experience of looking at lots of students marks at our school, vocational grades bear no relation to any grade exam they might have done before. They’re almost always lower. And I’ve heard the same from other schools too.
  6. Yes, so long as you meet the residency criteria.
  7. We had this issue last year, although not for MT. We replied to the offer saying thank you very much but we’re not in a position to accept any offers as yet due to the long audition season this year, and said no more than that. They kept the offers open without us having to explicitly ask them to do so.
  8. “organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing” Depends on your definition of “mixing with” I guess? 🤷🏼‍♀️
  9. They’re looking for potential so don’t worry about it too much. My boy couldn’t do any splits comfortably at 11 and got an mds place. He got a number of upper school offers last year and still can’t do box splits!
  10. Yes to all of this, funding plays a huge part in decision making, and I think there is also an element of after having been there for five years, some want to try a different environment for their US training.
  11. I have two dc at different schools. There is definitely a different ‘type’ of pupil at each one. Not just physique but personality type too.
  12. My ds has dyslexia and sensory processing differences, which bring lots of executive functioning challenges for him in the studio and the classroom. He has been at vocational school since he was 11. He has struggled with the teaching style of some dance teachers but in general school have been really supportive and understanding. The needs won’t go away and if someone is going to be successful in dance then they need to work out strategies that work for them in the studio. Teachers have always been willing to work with him on this, once they know what the needs are. Academically, school mad
  13. https://www.royalballetschool.org.uk/information/venue-hire/
  14. I shouldn’t think so since they are educational establishments and as such they should be able to run their usual curriculum, in line with their own risk assessments of course.
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