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  1. To clarify, extract from the elmhurst website says the MDS focuses on classical ballet training in the Lower School (Years 7 – 11) with continuity of means-tested support for the most talented children entering Year 7. Under present arrangements, these Aided Places are allocated to the most gifted and eligible children aged 11 years on entry to the school each September. Subject to successful artistic appraisal in Year 9, MDS funding continues until the completion of Year 11. Yes, you have to be eligible, and they are means tested, and they are awarded based on talent.
  2. ENBS results have been sent. I know students with offers. Have the Royal upper results been sent for non wl students? I have heard anywhere between 5 and 9 boys from WL got offers at upper school, and 5 girls.Happy to be corrected if this is wrong!
  3. There isn't any other physio check at Tring. At the funding audition they select a group who go for physio, the rest never get seen by the physio
  4. Eastleigh has less children applying so the ratio of those applying to places given is lower and therefore if you want to maximise chance of a place it might make sense to apply there. London JA centre always has the highest number of applicants and the highest ratio to places, something like one in ten will get a place, other centres it can be anything from one in four to one in seven.
  5. No, current MAs who had their assessments have been told if they can continue with MAs next year. The MA results for new applicants from auditions will be sent out before Easter.
  6. Hi Valentina, That is very good to hear about the UK students accepted into y9 last September. Thanks for sharing that. I was referring to students being told this year that international students had been given places for September start pre-assessment.
  7. Ballet Coach, sorry I wasn't quite clear - are you saying you disagree with the approach taken by international competition winners, and that the UK method of not allowing teachers to 'push hard' is in your opinion a better approach?
  8. As this thread from last year was resurrected I took the time to re read it all from start to finish. It truly makes for sorrowful and depressing reading. In terms of all the issues that have been raised in the personal and sometimes harrowing posts people made under this subject I would expect it must all feel very raw yet again at this time of year as some UK students and parents face the pain and bewilderment of having been told their child is 'no longer suitable' for the training the school handpicked them for a year or two ago. I personally know people affected by this. There has been a large amount of current students assessed out of various years at WL in the past few weeks, and from other vocational schools. In one case students were told in advance their places could be at risk pre assessment, as spaces had been given in an already full year to international students for September. This was also before any of the final auditions were held for potential entry to that year. At the final audition for that particular year there were a few UK students but a majority of international students. No Uk students were given a place. What message does this give out? For the students who have been asked to leave they now face the worrying time of trying to find a place to continue their vocational training in one of the other schools in the UK whose classes may already be full or close to. This is a problem which could be compounded by places at White Lodge being given to international students, meaning spaces haven't been made in the other vocational schools here in the UK. Once can only imagine that some of these very students may well have turned down places at the other UK schools for y7 in order to accept a place at White Lodge - and now find themselves in this situation. As Royal upper school have their final auditions this weekend it will be interesting to see a) how many non White Lodge UK students have made it to finals, and b) out of these and the current White Lodge students how many are offered places. I would like to hope it is a different story to last year, and that a large proportion of the original White Lodge cohort do get places, which might go some way to restore people's faith in UK training, rather than it be the case that the majority of places go to either international students (competition winners and otherwise) or International Students brought in for a year or two at the end of White Lodge.
  9. Sorry posting this here as well as on Tring auditions thread as I wasn't sure which was best. Just wondering if anyone knows how many spaces there might be on the dance course at Tring for y9 entry in September? Friend of mine who isn't on here has a DC who has funding finals (currently y8 at another vocational school). They are hoping to know likelihood of funded place. Thanks!
  10. Just wondering if anyone knows how many spaces there might be on the dance course for y9 entry in September? Friend of mine who isn't on here has a DC who has funding finals (currently y8 at another vocational school). They are hoping to know likelihood of funded place. Thanks!
  11. Very sorry to hear that - I hope your DC isn't too upset. Which year and audition centre were you at? A friend of mine is still waiting to hear from the first London audition. x
  12. Fingers crossed for those still waiting! I wonder does it seem that they are sending out nos first this year? Hope those who havent' heard have good news coming, Was Birmingham after Manchester?
  13. Really sorry to hear of the nos. Hope all your DC are ok. Don't give up as others have said. Keeping fingers crossed for those who are still waiting on results. x
  14. I'm glad to hear she is ok. They have to be so resilient, dont they. Which audition was after Bath? Hope to hear of some good news for balletco dc soon. x
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