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I'm wanting to find out more information about the MDS award.  Is it a case that if your DD is good enough/gets a place and you fall into the category to be eligible for a MDS award - you get it?  I can't believe that it's that easy.  I'm sorry if this has been discussed before - I have done a quick search which now means that I know the difference between MDS and DADA so thanks for that.  I'm looking at Elmhurst and Hammond potentially in three years time.

 

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On the whole all offers at WL and Elmhurst come with an MDS. Tring and Hammond have more places than MDS available so do make non fundedicated offers. I know Hammond also offer school funded bursaries.

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........ Yes, so in theory s DC could be given a place at Hammond or Tring but not necessarily an MDS funded place. I've even heard of some children at Elmhurst not being offered an MDS place, not sure about WL. As Sarahw says there are school bursaries & scholarships available at some schools when an MDS isn't offered.

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There are very few Mds awards at Tring and Hammond. All rbs students get one providing they are from uk and parents earn under £250,000. Not all Elmhurst students receive. If you watch 'the ballet school', you can follow the story of Dominic. Accepted at Elmhurst but no funding. His parents remortgaged but their money run out in yr8, I think. He then had to leave but did go to Hammond.

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Maybe the principal got her numbers mixed up then?? Could be very misleading/confusing for those at the audition yesterday!!

 

......unless the error is mine and I've misheard the figures?? Was anybody at the audition yesterday that could confirm??

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We are in receipt of an MDS and would be mighty surprised if the cut off had gone up by £110k in a year.

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The RBS site has a fees calculator which if up-to-date shows how much you might get - the value is different for boarders and day pupils and it also depends on siblings and other carer responsibilities - the basic cut off is around £175k.

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The RBS site has a fees calculator which if up-to-date shows how much you might get - the value is different for boarders and day pupils and it also depends on siblings and other carer responsibilities - the basic cut off is around £175k.

Just out of sheer curiosity and lack of customers I tried this out.

If your gross income is £190,000 with one dependant your contribution would be £900 .

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Hairbelles, I think you might have looked at the wrong box.  The MDS grant would be £900 on that income not the parental contribution.

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I, on the other hand have no excuse.  I am supposed to be working.  Instead I am following links to the Royal Ballet School website, a school my daughter will never attend and funding she will never receive.

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Cut off for MDS earnings is £140k ish, are you sure RBS is different?

As far as I understand it, there isn't a limit to the number of MDS places available at RBS, but the rule is the same as the others in that your earnings have to be below the earnings threshold in order to be eligible. Basically at RBS if your dc is offered a place and you qualify for MDS you will get the funding.

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As far as I understand it, there isn't a limit to the number of MDS places available at RBS, but the rule is the same as the others in that your earnings have to be below the earnings threshold in order to be eligible. Basically at RBS if your dc is offered a place and you qualify for MDS you will get the funding.

Yes, I quite understand. I was just confused by the £250k limit being mentioned as I know that's not the case for us.

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So £195k seems to be about the cut off at RBS. I put in our wages and the same contribution came out as we are currently paying, it just seems to have a higher cut off. It also looks as if day pupils have the same cut off point whereas at our school day pupils have a lower threshold by about £20k. Interesting.

 

Just looked at Purcell school where my brother in law went and their threshold has changed - the scheme must have changed recently to include a higher threshold. Good news for more families.

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I agree....& for something that is publically funded it is frankly appalling! More transparency & a 'Plain English' approach is required.

Open gender inequality is admitted by key decision makers at some schools making these awards....hmmm......sex equality commissions should be interested in this one....& that's just for starters!

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The MDS system has never been fair, I could write a whole essay on it!

What I’ve never quite got my head around is the piffling amount they deduct from your gross income for additional children - about £2000 a year. Anyone know the rationale behind this? Are they implying that the rest of the family should be prepared to live on baked beans so that we can support dd?

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I agree BlouLou....cetainly they asume you can only have one DC in the family & all others must do nothing extra in life as lets face it, £2000 a year woudl not come close to what most families have spent helping those DC's with an MDS offer to get to where their love of dance became matched by standard to get a place! Add up lessons, associate scheme costs, holiday courses, dance kit, petrol, lost work days, audition fees, travel costs & hotel accommodation etc etc etc.....Now what about the sibling who loves football? Bet there are similar training schemes & holiday courses & I bet they are not free!!

All kids deserve an equal shot at following their dreams & yes, I do worry that sometimes the DC get financial priority over others in our families.....

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