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45 minutes ago, Miss Tutu said:

Has anyone been lucky enough to find a way of  self funding ? 

No, Still playing the lottery and looking for a sugar daddy. 
 

Virtual induction?

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1 hour ago, Miss Tutu said:

I didnt hear that on the meeting I thought all were going on there , Hammond have said most parents are self funding this year wish that was an option , best of luck

No, on the year 10 meeting they said there were 10 potential new starters but only 3 definates as the rest were still trying to raise the funding. I think you are right though more having to self fund this year compared to previous years xx

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46 minutes ago, Milzmam said:

No, on the year 10 meeting they said there were 10 potential new starters but only 3 definates as the rest were still trying to raise the funding. I think you are right though more having to self fund this year compared to previous years xx

Less than a hand full got fee remission (which is less than last years fee remission) and only 12 MDs all to year 7 😢. Hard times 

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13 hours ago, WrapsnBows said:

Less than a hand full got fee remission (which is less than last years fee remission) and only 12 MDs all to year 7 😢. Hard times 

I think I heard them say in meeting last week that there were only 17 year 7 dance pupils but maybe I misheard. If that is right then that is a lot less than previous cohorts of year 7 xx

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Remember there will be new drama & new music course year 7’s (though they do not qualify to be considered for MDS....not sure if any fee remissions go to those courses either?)

Pretty sure a few years back it was 16 started year 7 dance but that a couple left over time & lots of new starters in years 8/9/10 so it expanded in size 

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1 hour ago, Milzmam said:

I think I heard them say in meeting last week that there were only 17 year 7 dance pupils but maybe I misheard. If that is right then that is a lot less than previous cohorts of year 7 xx


In your daughter’s year group there were 16 dancers and 4 drama students  in the year 7 intake so I would say that’s about average. As Peanut says, this increases over the years.

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1 hour ago, Milzmam said:

I think I heard them say in meeting last week that there were only 17 year 7 dance pupils but maybe I misheard. If that is right then that is a lot less than previous cohorts of year 7 xx

In my daughter year 7 class (Sept 2018) there were 18 dancers and one drama. Just over half had MDS. 
in Year 8 seven joined but two left, so year group totalled 24. I think there are 6-8 joining this September a mixture of dance and drama, so it will rise to roughly 30 for year 9.

I hope you manage to find some funding for your daughter. Fingers crossed x
 

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35 minutes ago, margarite said:

In my daughter year 7 class (Sept 2018) there were 18 dancers and one drama. Just over half had MDS. 
in Year 8 seven joined but two left, so year group totalled 24. I think there are 6-8 joining this September a mixture of dance and drama, so it will rise to roughly 30 for year 9.

I hope you manage to find some funding for your daughter. Fingers crossed x
 

Thanks @margarite

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My child's year had far less.  There were I think about 12 dancers of which 7 had MDS.  There were less than 20 in the year group as a whole.

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7 hours ago, Bothballet said:

The current year 7 had 16 dancers and 5 drama/music students when they started. 2 have left during the year so currently 19 in Year 7.

Oh well maybe normal for year 7 intake this year then. Fingers crossed for everyone still trying to raise funding xx

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I guess the latest to withdraw is just not paying the first terms fees a week before term starts or whatever it said on those initial registration papers. X

No, we won’t be going 

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Do check what T&C’s you’ve signed up to with registration for this if any school/course with Sept start date. By simply not paying may not protect you if you’ve actually signed what could be construed as a contract or written ‘significant intent‘ to join as that might make you liable for the first terms fees that they could (let’s hope none would) go after you for....and if schools are suffering financially in these challenging times their governing boards & finance masters may indeed force hands to chase for any contractualMy agreed payments!!!

CHECK!!!  
and good luck to all still hoping to secure places/funding at any schools x

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15 minutes ago, Peanut68 said:

Do check what T&C’s you’ve signed up to with registration for this if any school/course with Sept start date. By simply not paying may not protect you if you’ve actually signed what could be construed as a contract or written ‘significant intent‘ to join as that might make you liable for the first terms fees that they could (let’s hope none would) go after you for....and if schools are suffering financially in these challenging times their governing boards & finance masters may indeed force hands to chase for any contractualMy agreed payments!!!

CHECK!!!  
and good luck to all still hoping to secure places/funding at any schools x


Absolutely. My child applied for a place at an independent secondary school and we paid a deposit of £500. Following successfully gaining a place at vocational school we withdrew but were liable (& were chased for) the first term’s fees in lieu. The deadline in that case for withdrawing was the first day of the Summer Term. 

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We have neither formally accepted nor declined, we are at peace with DD not going as we have found their communication extremely poor, call me crazy but if we are paying for schooling the one thing I would hope we could rely on is a decent communication. Has anyone had or requested feedback from the DC audition?

Those still hoping we have everything crossed for you 🤞🤞

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2 hours ago, Dancemum1 said:

We have neither formally accepted nor declined, we are at peace with DD not going as we have found their communication extremely poor, call me crazy but if we are paying for schooling the one thing I would hope we could rely on is a decent communication. Has anyone had or requested feedback from the DC audition?

Those still hoping we have everything crossed for you 🤞🤞

Not this year but my DS applied in 2018 and the only feedback we got when I asked was a phone call. They didn’t give me that many proper reasons either, it was all things that would have come as he had grown. They said he did not have enough muscle and upper body strength, and now two years on, he’s a lean mean muscle machine! 😂 We could never have afforded it without bursaries or MDS anyway so it’s worked out ok. (Even though he was distraught at the time).
Remember not all the top dancers went the vocational route. There’s more than one way to crack an egg! DS is still dancing and has been able to expand his repertoire more than he could have had he gone to Hammond. Sending (((hugs))) We’ve been there...xx

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I would say that sometimes those with MDS' might still find a fee remission better if they are high earners. MDS is still means tested, so if a high earner has MDS they may ask to hand it back in return for a fee remission. This happened previously, so 🤞 for everyone. X

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16 hours ago, Dancemum1 said:

We have neither formally accepted nor declined, we are at peace with DD not going as we have found their communication extremely poor, call me crazy but if we are paying for schooling the one thing I would hope we could rely on is a decent communication.


This is one of many reasons we handed back an MDS place after two years.
 

9 hours ago, Ballet bun said:

I would say that sometimes those with MDS' might still find a fee remission better if they are high earners. MDS is still means tested, so if a high earner has MDS they may ask to hand it back in return for a fee remission. This happened previously, so 🤞 for everyone. X


 We tried and were told it wouldn’t be possible.

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7 minutes ago, Ballet bun said:

@elfinwas that for this year entry or a couple of years ago, seems mad not to take a fee with remission and give the MDS to someone else. 


It was three years ago. We asked as we had heard it had been previously done, but  were firmly told it wouldn’t even be considered so happily took our MDS award!

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I can't see any MDS awards been handed back this year now, assume they would have already been handed back unless someone's circumstances have changed. Still keeping our fingers crossed for some miracle funding though xx

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10 hours ago, Milzmam said:

I can't see any MDS awards been handed back this year now, assume they would have already been handed back unless someone's circumstances have changed. Still keeping our fingers crossed for some miracle funding though xx

I *love* your eternal hope Milzmam. If I do win the lottery we’ll fund your place too 😘

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There seems to be a few places reading this that may come available to DC on waiting lists, if people are going to hand back very late, hopefully it will not be too late for those DC on reserve to accept, if they are in a position to at that late stage.  I would also recommend reading contracts, as a parent having children at independent schools, once you pay that initial deposit to accept their place- you are normally committed to the first term and the first term fees....

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