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  1. I was simply saying that if a school had that attitude this year, then I wouldn’t want my child to be there. Not that any school necessarily does: it was hypothetical. There are pros and cons to assessing out. Take your own view. And year 7 entry is hugely about potential: body shape and proportions (“luck” as one very experienced teacher once described it to me). Reduced training won’t change that: the schools should still be able to see what they need to in order to make a decision. And any child who is not successful this year should not be at all discouraged: it is a mar
  2. I’m not against assessing out. I’m against taking children with the attitude “we’re not sure but hey, we can always get rid of them”. That’s how the suggestion read to me.
  3. Any school which acted on that basis does not deserve my child or my money...
  4. DD has a year 7 place but I understand that boarding places are normally assigned post funding and that everyone who needs a bed normally gets one (although no guarantee).
  5. Being a JA isn’t necessarily a benefit though: like an internal candidate at work, you know their strengths but also their weaknesses... I just think that if I were on an audition panel I’d want as much information as possible about the candidates even if it wasn’t possible to obtain this information about every one of them... but what do I know?!: I’m sure each school has its own reasoning as to why it does things a certain way.
  6. I believe almost all of our JA group have been (girls and boys).
  7. Interesting. Seems a bit of a waste of a source of useful information about some of the candidates: work ethic etc.
  8. I think this too. If they don’t know after seeing a child in JA’s then you wonder what an on-site audition will tell them. Presumably JA teachers have been contacted for feedback and that plus video must give a lot of information. Although having said that, I do wonder why they (seem to have) taken so many through to finals this year. Surely JA feedback could have narrowed it down more...
  9. Thanks. Year 7 (form 1 I think it’s called).
  10. Thank you! They’ve confirmed she can have a boarding place super excited: Tring is our top choice for ballet training
  11. Plus there’s the mental aspect to it. Can your child cope with regular assessments and the worry of having to leave or their friends having to leave? That would have been very difficult for me as a teenager.
  12. Are there any current Tring ballet parents who’d be willing to answer a question for me over PM? Thanks.
  13. Presumably the loss of funding isn’t the loss of a place: if you can find the funds you can continue? Just for most it would sadly result in the same conclusion.
  14. Odds are generally around 1:5/1:6 at year 7 finals although those stats are misleading in my opinion: if you’ve got what they’re looking for, your odds are 1:1 and if you don’t, they’re zero, and there’s very little you can do about it (you were either born with the body they’re looking for, or you weren’t). However more places were given out for finals this year if our JA cohort is anything to go by...
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