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  1. Hello, is the Gaby medium fleece still for sale? DD is a UK dress size 6 and 5'4 – would it fit do you think? thanks
  2. Congrats to all the yeses and SWL 🎉. I know SO many gorgeous dancers that are now at vocational school or with RBS Mids and Senior Associate places who never received a JA place - so if it was a no today - don’t give up 👍
  3. I think some people thought we were crazy sending our very young 11-year-old off to boarding school, but it felt the right thing to do and it still does. She’s a very sociable girl who likes spending time with friends and even during the later primary school years, I could see dance lessons impacting on her downtime. We live close to lots of great schemes but travel times to associates etc still ate into the spare time she had left. I miss her so much, but knowing that she has a busy, happy life full of dance lessons and close friendships makes it all worthwhile. I think she has much more downtime to relax and do stuff with her friends being away at school than if she were at home trying to juggle it all. But as others have said, what works varies from child to child and also family circumstances x
  4. Children don’t just leave because they’re assessed out - two left in my DDs year 7 group as decided it wasn’t for them.
  5. Yes, my DD has been accepted for the Senior Summer school 👍
  6. I think most don’t take no’s too much to heart when they see the sheer volume of other children at auditions. I remember talking numbers with DD at her first JA audition and likened being offered a place to getting Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket!!
  7. Pretty much anything goes as long as the main colour is white. My daughter has worn big chunky Filas and also Nike Airforce One. They wear them for commercial dance lessons so just need to be comfortable.
  8. You can buy uniform directly from the school. I *think* there’s a possibility that the uniform might be changing soon. The kids used to wear a traditional uniform (blazer/tie etc)for academics but since the pandemic started have been wearing their dance tracksuit all day to limit time in changing rooms. I would contact the school to find out if this will be carrying on/changing back for September 2021.
  9. Oh I wish DD had got tidier! She’s very organised with her dance kit/homework but keeping her room tidy is a battle! I even been called up by the head of boarding as it had got so bad! The shame 🤣
  10. I’m really sad and sew labels on everything. So far no major losses and DD is in year 9. I sew labels into a loop first then sew to the inside top of socks so it’s easily seen and doesn’t itch.
  11. Yep agreed, but unless one actually asks that person directly if they’re a particular user - it’s only ever an educated guess.
  12. I thought it was a bit strange, especially as people are posting anonymously. The school has always asked parents not to discuss funding with other parents in their child’s year, which is sensible I think. The kids know to be discreet, too. But posting anything here is a bit different and there’s never been an issue before 🧐
  13. We heard at Year 9 parents evening earlier this month. Am guessing we heard first as it’s starting for Year 10 from September 2021 so DD’s year is the first to be affected by it. They have to make their genre choice in the summer term. They’ve just chosen their GCSE options - this framework has been overhauled, too.
  14. I know we were so pleased when we heard! DD is very ballet-focused so means she’ll be in a smaller class with others who share the love. She’ll still do the other genres (tap, commercial etc) but only once a week I think. There are some kids in her year with really strong commercial/ musical theatre skills so will help them focus on their strengths, too. All good news for upper school audition prep!
  15. The school moved to new boarding accommodation in September 2021, and whilst it isn’t as homely, it’s certainly more practical with all rooms having en-suite and year 10 and upwards having their own rooms. DD loves the school which has not only nurtured her love of ballet, but also helped strengthen other dance genres such as modern and tap. She also discovered she could sing! From year 10 they now have a choice of following a classical/contemporary or musical theatre/jazz route in lessons. I like the teaching staff on the whole and the headmistress and new head of boarding are very approachable and enthusiastic.
  16. In my DDs year ( she’s currently year 9) 10 got MDS in year 7, in year 8 another four joined with an MDS and I believe one was awarded to child starting last September in Year 9. Don’t give up hope ☘️.
  17. Have you tried calling the school? All the staff are back on site now. I’m sure if you explain the situation someone will try and help you ASAP. Must feel very frustrating!
  18. Good luck to you all, it’s a fantastic school and my DD absolutely loves it. ☘️☘️☘️
  19. Hammond is not academically selective so don’t worry. When my daughter had her audition a couple of years ago they did a non-verbal reasoning test on the day, then maths and English tests were sent to her primary school to do afterwards.
  20. I also think that how a child reacts to a ‘no’ is so important. After seeing my DD react so stoically after getting her first RBS no when she was 8, I realised that she had thicker skin than I’d given her credit for and that maybe we were travelling on the right path. She’s had many, many no’s along the way, but enough yeses to make it all worthwhile (she’s now at voc school) As you said - I think in some ways the no’s were almost as valuable as the yeses for keeping her focussed and determined xx
  21. Funding decisions aren’t always right. One of DDs friends didn’t get an MDS for year 7, which DD couldn’t understand as she was clearly one of the best at ballet (and other genres) and hardworking, too. I saw for myself at parents evening how good she was. Luckily it was rectified as she was awarded one further up the school. Maybe she didn’t perform as well in the auditions? Or her potential bloomed between auditions and starting year 7? Who knows.
  22. There was a child at my daughter’s school who was offered places at all four MDS schools - with funding! Pretty incredible achievement.
  23. There’s no rhyme or reason! I know of DC who’ve had no’s to Tring and Elmhurst finals but Yes to WL and Mids. Also yeses to Elmhurst, but no’s to the others. There are a few exceptions, who get a full house of offers to choose from, but the vast majority of applicants (if they’re lucky) get one or two finals places, with one place offered.
  24. My daughter is currently Year 9 at Hammond. From what I can gather, most MDS go to Y7 and Y8, but there is a girl in DD’s year who got one when she joined at the beginning of Y9. Don’t want to give you false hope - but there is a chance 👍. For the funding final they normally do a ballet class, then a modern class and then do a singing workshop on a particular musical. My advice is for your DD to go for it on each stage, even if one of these categories isn’t her thing! My daughter for example wasn’t a particularly good or confident singer, but belted our loudly in the audition! (She’s a bunhead, but Hammond training has transformed her voice - another string to her bow for the future!). Good luck x
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