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  1. I don’t think degrees in medicine or geography or a PhD in Physics (all Tring graduates) are particularly linked to performing arts? There is nothing which precludes a “purely” ballet school from achieving good, broad academic results (not all dancers have to be arts students!). And absolutely nothing stopping them celebrating students who go down the academic route. If the school has done its job properly, then graduates should have the skills they need to help them succeed, whatever their destination, and schools should celebrate this.
  2. I agree about transparency. It’s all but impossible to work out destinations and results. So x girls graduated to the school’s upper school or y boys got a contract? How many were there from year 7? How many joined for the last year or two? How many received outside coaching? Impossible to work out. I think Tring’s new website is a good example of how all students are celebrated whether they end up in the performing arts studying or wherever else.
  3. The problem is that these schools don’t really need to “sell” themselves. They know that most parents will accept a place with glee so there’s no need to give a proper introduction and answers questions. Open days are nice but they’re not going to tell you the truth. These schools are hugely impressive to look around. Doesn’t mean they’re the right school for your child. parents are also scared to ask hard questions. Are you going to ask WL whether it’ll take proper care of your child without being scared it’ll bias them against her/him??? Parents are in a weak position and from my experience have such stars in their eyes they often just accept prestige at face value.
  4. I’d also suggest looking at how transparent the school is. If you’re already an associate, how much are you told about progress? How easy it is to talk to teachers and get honest answers? How much do you feel your child is treated as an individual? Will they take personal difficulties into account? Will they work through challenges with your child or move onto the next child eager to take their place? And, hand on heart, if you knew nothing about the school and its ‘name/fame’ would you still choose it based on the reality? There is a cachet to being offered / accepting a place at one of these schools: if you’re honest, is that a reason in potentially wanting it?
  5. I would stress that you need to look behind the websites and the social media posts and the general pedestal these schools are put on. In my experience few year 6 parents seem to ask (for whatever reason) the important questions: how is my child cared for emotionally? How much will I know about what’s happening to/with my child and how they are progressing? What are the odds of success (destinations at age 16 do not necessarily reflect the destinations of year 7 joiners: the members of two groups are often very different)? Are children encouraged to develop in areas outside of ballet (this for me is crucial)? Etc etc. Don’t be intimated: ask questions just like you would any other school. My DD is away now at vocational school and my sadness at her not being here is helped by how I know as far as I believe I reasonably can (since every school, vocational or not, carries risks!) she is being well cared for in every aspect. I did so so much research (people on this forum kindly pm-Ed me their experiences amongst things): all I can suggest is that you do the same. Don’t go down this route because everyone else is and/or the school is one of the well known ones.
  6. Thanks both. Have managed to get access to the online parent portal and it’s confirmed Monday so flight changes are needed!!
  7. Long shot but does anyone know when new international students are expected to arrive at Tring this year? Trying to book flights and the info I have is contradictory. Thanks.
  8. Tring has an excellent academic reputation. It’s a major reason we were happy to let DC attend: dancing is a hugely vulnerable career and we wanted to be certain she had really good academics to rely on, should she change her mind/dancing not be for her.
  9. But how people claim to have trained there when they enter already at international competition level (which to my eyes is surely close to professional? They dance professional repertoire anyway for the competition..)? Or how can the school claim credit for them? Surely the school which got them to competition level is the actual trainer?
  10. Clearly Symphony Ballet School is the place to train…!
  11. Is entry into US a realistic goal? Or is exclusively competition winners and ex-WL?
  12. Selling - 2 white leotards. One still in its wrapper unworn. The other worn but excellent condition. Both size 2. - homemade character skirt. Waistband is 22 inches and it’s 18 inches from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom of the skirt hem. - tracksuit top and bottom. Age 7-8. Worn so been washed a few times. Selling leotards for £15 (for the pair), the skirt for £15 and the tracksuit for £10. Or can combine for a discount. Plus postage.
  13. Smoking kills. No career is worth dying for. I had cancer in my 20’s: it’s not fun. My children are still all in primary school but they already know that if I ever catch them smoking they will witness an anger they cannot imagine . Totally unacceptable I’m afraid.
  14. Yes. I just emailed. They’re very accessible. PM me if you want to know more about the specifics
  15. Both. The training at the classes helped her decide it was what she wanted to do full time. And then her teacher and Emma (the head) gave us some really great advice about the best school for her (based not just on her dancing but also her personality) and how to prepare for the auditions. I found this openness really helpful in comparison to the other associate schemes she was doing which haven’t been anything like as clear in terms of feedback.
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