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  1. It was a while ago for us, but we always used to park at Eastleigh station and walk up to The Point. It’s only about 7-8 minutes, and there is usually plenty of parking on a Saturday. It wasn’t too expensive either, and I think I remember that the rate is for the day, so there was no panic if we overran (stayed behind chatting)!
  2. Ouch! The wording of this is incredibly harsh! The original poster said her DC was getting fed up because there were children messing about in class and not taking it seriously, and that frequent absence was making the whole class spend weeks repeating the same thing. She didn’t even mention wanting to have a professional career, unless I have missed something. OP, it sounds like your DD is ready to move on, and is looking for somewhere that she can take things more seriously. I would definitely echo what others have said about talking to the teacher, but also to start looking at what is available near you.
  3. It would be nice to see a greater attention given to home grown talent, of course, and ensuring that lower school training is in line with what is required to gain upper school places. As you say, with so much funding involved, it should be imperative, but also from the point of view of the eleven year olds that forsake so much in order to place their training in the hands of the AD. However, the employability of the upper school students is massively boosted by the international renown of the school. The prizes given at international competitions and the overseas scouting for talent to ensure that the very best are being offered places is an essential part of being known as a world class training centre. It is incredibly tough, especially when we are parents of vocational dancers, to look at the numbers of lower school children that don’t make it into the upper school. But I can understand why the system is what it is. For the students that make it to the end of upper school, it pretty much guarantees them an illustrious career. But this is because the school is known for being one of the best in the world, not just in the country.
  4. Turquoise and Viola leotards now sold. Eglatine still available (it’s a very dark pink… a lovely colour, but definitely needs googling unless you have a Farrow & Ball vocabulary of colours!)
  5. Hi, I have three meryl soft Degas leotards: very flattering and perfect for auditions! 9502 Eglatine 12a (excellent condition) £30 + £3 postage 9502 Turquoise 12a (excellent condition) £30 + £3 postage 9501 Viola 12a (there are tiny marks from audition numbers, but only noticeable if you look for them) £25 + £3 postage
  6. Hi, do you still have any T0 leotards, please?
  7. They discussed it at length with PHE, but were instructed to close. It was definitely a scenario they had tried to avoid, but with an order from PHE they didn’t have any choice. The narrative from Gavin Williamson about schools sending too many students home is infuriating. The schools are only doing this under instruction. It’s so sad for the students and staff who have worked so hard to get the show ready. And for everyone who was looking forward to watching. I’m not sure how much freedom we have gained with all these vaccinations if we are still cancelling events and closing schools.
  8. The artwork just explains the different aspects of the various LGBT+ flags. It doesn’t promote or discourage, it’s just a completely neutral presentation of the flags. RBS are acknowledging and celebrating the diverse community that forms their past, present and future. Your comments seem to imply that they are promoting a gender ideology, which is simply not the case.
  9. I have found last years MDS photos… you need your P60, March payslip, documentation to show superannuation and/ or pension contributions, self assessment form (if self employed), business accounts if appropriate, plus evidence of all other income, such as child maintenance, interest on accounts, pensions, dividends, unearned income of children etc. If you expect that your earnings will be significantly different in the coming year, you can fill in an extra page for a current year assessment. I have never been asked for evidence of child benefit, which comes under non-taxable social security benefits, presumably because it is standard for all families that are in receipt of it. I completed last year’s form on 25th June, and that was a year that it arrived late due to delays at the DfE, so this year is very late… I expect to have to have a fairly quick turnaround on it! You get sent a booklet along with the form, which explains how to complete it. It is fairly straightforward, but does take ages the first time you do it! Good luck!
  10. We had an email to say it was delayed because they are waiting for information from the DfE. If it’s the first time you have filled one in, you could get together your P60 and three months of payslips. That will definitely be required. A top tip is to photograph each page, as next year’s will be almost identical and it saves a lot of time! xx
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