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28 minutes ago, Balletmum2Many said:

We are! :) Y7 place.

Congratulations @ballet mum us too- we don’t know many boys so I’m a little nervous!

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12 hours ago, Balletmum2Many said:

We are! :) Y7 place.

@tutugirl yep. I am so terrified! I have no idea what to expect and have not been to WL for decades! At the audition everyone seemed to know everyone else!

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Oh don’t worry , I know it often feels like everyone knows everyone else , but it’s probably a group of JA Mums or a group from the same dance school .

Quite often it is best to stand alone - away from all the chit chat and speculating !!

I have experienced many many auditions , as a parent and as a teacher - it can be quite daunting at first , but you get used to it , and find your best way of making the day enjoyable.

We always used to set off the night before - stay in a nearby hotel and get a good night’s sleep .

Not talk about the audition too much , and have a bit of a treat afterwards !

Wishing you all the very best for your DS at the finals .

Have you done Tring and Hammond too?

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No, we were going to but he is such a ballet boy! I had a chat with the team from Hammond at cyd and they were so mt/ commercial focused- I just couldn’t see him being happy there. We also got through screening at tring but he had flu on audition day 

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Informed from an Elmhurst student parent that year 11 is full and no pupils as yet have given notice. I didn’t realise Elmhurst do not drop pupils at the end of year 11, hence only the smallest chance of gaining a place into sixth form, doesn’t seem fair that they let so many pupils audition if no places........   from a parent point of view, audition fee, accommodation before audition and travel, unnecessary extra expense 

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I do believe the current Elmhurst Year 11’s have had to/will have to audition for places/funding.  And presumably if Elm lower school have done their job well then  their own pupils will be likely to be successful in gaining places.... that’s not to say that if they see better external candidates that they won’t prefer to give places to newcomers....Sixth Form intakes in many schools can often vary & increase in numbers - exp if living off site as opposed to school provided boarding. 

I’m sure it’s same at other schools too.... after all, White Lodge should’ve done a fantastic job that all their year 11’s would be good enough to join RBS Upper School should they want a place.... but past eveiermce perhaps paints a different picture?  Auditions I do think are a big PR boost & even can offer a financial boost to schools!

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Thank you for your insight. Both current year 11 parents that spoke to me advised their children had an assessment, but no assessing out is occurring.... they know they have a place already if they wish to stay, along with the other current year 11s 

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19 minutes ago, Princess dreams said:

Thank you for your insight. Both current year 11 parents that spoke to me advised their children had an assessment, but no assessing out is occurring.... they know they have a place already if they wish to stay, along with the other current year 11s 


If any of the year 11’s require Dada funding then they have to attend the finals audition and compete with everyone else. Funding is issued according to talent/potential so there is no guarantee of a place for either the current pupils or external applicants. Good luck xx

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That sounds logical, they obviously were lucky enough not to require funding!   It was just quite alarming how they were so confident that the current year 11 were going straight through, unlike year 11 at white lodge, which I know get assessed out as my daughters very good friend is there. The complications of upper school places, good luck everyone ! X

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I can say with confidence that not all the current Y11s are going through to 6th form. They also haven't had their final assessments yet. Happy for you to pm me if you want to know more.

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I can also tell you with confidence that not all Elmhurst y11s will be staying. They all have to do their final audition yet, alongside everyone else, and some are choosing to move elsewhere anyway. They have been told if they are likely to have a sixth form place or not, based on their current performance, but that’s not the same thing, and it’s most definitely not guaranteed.
 

Plus there’s no such thing as a ‘full’ year group at Elmhurst, they’re flexible on numbers and so will take different numbers each year depending on available beds and funding.  

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This current year 11 is also quite small so even if they were all offered places I'd expect another 5 or 6 to join the year. As said above though not everyone will be staying on, they do assess out and not everyone wants to stay, others schools may offer a better fit for current Elmhurst pupils, as you would expect it's quite focused on classical ballet which might not be the best training for someone who wants to move into the wider world of dance.

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There is a huge amount of movement at the end of year 11, some choose to follow completely different paths and some will have multiple upper school offers. Many will

be waitlisted after finals and as decisions start to be made and places accepted and turned down, further offers will be made. As said above, the year group numbers can vary a lot at Elmhurst.

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Just received an email regarding the finals at Elmhurst. Not exactly sure what this means...

 

"Due to the fact that health professionals are being held in hospitals, we are also unable to hold the physio assessments, due to be held on the day. We will be in a position this year where we have to make offers of a place at the school subject to satisfactory physio screening at a later date."

 

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1 hour ago, AdageKitty said:

Just received an email regarding the finals at Elmhurst. Not exactly sure what this means...

 

"Due to the fact that health professionals are being held in hospitals, we are also unable to hold the physio assessments, due to be held on the day. We will be in a position this year where we have to make offers of a place at the school subject to satisfactory physio screening at a later date."

 

It just means that if they offer you a place it’s conditional upon passing a physio assessment at a later date. 
hope that helps. 

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5 minutes ago, Flower said:

It just means that if they offer you a place it’s conditional upon passing a physio assessment at a later date. 
hope that helps. 

 

Oh I see! Thank you for the explanation.

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12 minutes ago, Flower said:

It just means that if they offer you a place it’s conditional upon passing a physio assessment at a later date. 
hope that helps. 

The poor kids having to wait even longer for results :( 

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On 13/03/2020 at 13:50, Flower said:

It just means that if they offer you a place it’s conditional upon passing a physio assessment at a later date. 
hope that helps. 

 

On 13/03/2020 at 12:40, AdageKitty said:

Just received an email regarding the finals at Elmhurst. Not exactly sure what this means...

 

"Due to the fact that health professionals are being held in hospitals, we are also unable to hold the physio assessments, due to be held on the day. We will be in a position this year where we have to make offers of a place at the school subject to satisfactory physio screening at a later date."

 

From experience RBS, Tring & Central have their own on-site physio teams - Elmhurst don’t - they have to call physios in which can also cause delay treatment should an injury occur. 

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30 minutes ago, SouthernBelle said:

 

From experience RBS, Tring & Central have their own on-site physio teams - Elmhurst don’t - they have to call physios in which can also cause delay treatment should an injury occur. 


Having had two children go through injury at Elmhurst I can positively add that the current physio service is the best it has ever been. 

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48 minutes ago, cotes du rhone ! said:


Having had two children go through injury at Elmhurst I can positively add that the current physio service is the best it has ever been. 

Good - everyone has their own experiences. 

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53 minutes ago, cotes du rhone ! said:


Having had two children go through injury at Elmhurst I can positively add that the current physio service is the best it has ever been. 


Similarly, we’ve had no issues accessing physio whenever it has been needed at Elmhurst. 

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