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11 hours ago, Hawthorn said:

Does anyone know when they finish on the last day? I’ll email them, but we need to book a train home to Scotland and there are only a few seats left. I’d like to know ASAP! 

I asked recently as it’s my partners 40th that day, and wanted to book theatre/dinner etc, and needed to roughly know what time we could be back in the West End. I was only told ‘pick up is some time between 3pm and 5pm’ so hoping that we don’t have to wait too much longer for formal/fixed timings. 

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2 hours ago, Hawthorn said:

Thanks. Oh dear. That’s abit vague, isn’t it? 

Yes, I’m imagining (from what I read about spring intensives) there will be multiple groups/bubbles, and staggered drop off and pick up times. Just hoping this information comes sooner rather than later. 

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The Waiting List closes on 22nd June so you might not hear more precise details until after that. I imagine they’ve chosen that day as they will have a better idea of the guidelines they’ll be working within after the announcement about 21st June and restrictions lifting.

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1 hour ago, Waverley said:

We have one very happy child here tonight - was on SWL but we had an email today saying a place had become available so she's in! Week 3 🙂

Congratulations! I think my DS might know your DD from JAs? They're on in same week for Summer Intensive!

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1 hour ago, Waverley said:

We have one very happy child here tonight - was on SWL but we had an email today saying a place had become available so she's in! Week 3 🙂

Oh what lovely news for you . My DS is week 3 too xx

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2 hours ago, Dancedreamer said:

Has anyone recieved more details such as a timetable or when to drop them off etc yet?

Nothing yet. I have a feeling drop off and collection times will be staggered, as I queried pick up time on the Friday, and was told ‘some time between 3pm and 5pm’.  Maybe we will know after the next government announcement re: road map etc. 

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14 hours ago, Waverley said:

We have one very happy child here tonight - was on SWL but we had an email today saying a place had become available so she's in! Week 3 🙂

Congratulations! As a parent to a fellow waiting-lister (for week 1), I'm so happy for your daughter and it's great to know that places do come up :)  Hope she has a wonderful time. 

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36 minutes ago, GabrielleDeV said:

Congratulations! As a parent to a fellow waiting-lister (for week 1), I'm so happy for your daughter and it's great to know that places do come up :)  Hope she has a wonderful time. 

I agree. We are also a fellow wait lister (I think we were week 3), it’s very exciting to hear of others getting places, especially when it’s a child of the same age (ie the youngest group) and does keep hopes up 😁

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6 minutes ago, SJBallet said:

I agree. We are also a fellow wait lister (I think we were week 3), it’s very exciting to hear of others getting places, especially when it’s a child of the same age (ie the youngest group) and does keep hopes up 😁

Thanks both - I agree it’s really nice to hear of people getting in from the wait list and I think - for us anyway - it’s really important to be open about it, as we were proud of DD for getting onto the wait list in the first place even if nothing had come of it (as I’m sure everyone is). 
 

I really hope more places become available 🙂 

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3 hours ago, Waverley said:

Thanks both - I agree it’s really nice to hear of people getting in from the wait list and I think - for us anyway - it’s really important to be open about it, as we were proud of DD for getting onto the wait list in the first place even if nothing had come of it (as I’m sure everyone is). 
 

I really hope more places become available 🙂 

Depending on the next government announcement, its not impossible that more spaces might be offered.  If I understand correctly, numbers are still limited this year as its residential-only, where as in the past I was under the impression it was open to both residential and day students.  Even if all restrictions are lifted, they might decide to 'play safe' and keep it residential-only, but regardless of what happens, its really positive and inspiring to see wait-list places turning into actual opportunities :)

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I think the government's announcements will be game-changer whatever's said. If it's positive, then day places may open up and if it's negative, then foreign students may not be able to travel, opening up more spaces for UK Waiting Listers!

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2 hours ago, BalletBoysDad said:

Depending on the next government announcement, its not impossible that more spaces might be offered.  If I understand correctly, numbers are still limited this year as its residential-only, where as in the past I was under the impression it was open to both residential and day students.  Even if all restrictions are lifted, they might decide to 'play safe' and keep it residential-only, but regardless of what happens, its really positive and inspiring to see wait-list places turning into actual opportunities :)

In previous years there have been  very few day students attending but yes it may open out even a few more places.

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Just a practical query for anyone who attended spring intensives.... what covid testing was required for attendance? If they (inevitably) push back the lifting of covid restrictions from 21st June to at least the 20th July, the first week register on the 18th July to start on the 19th. Will any paid for testing be required? 

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5 minutes ago, BalletBoysDad said:

Just a practical query for anyone who attended spring intensives.... what covid testing was required for attendance? If they (inevitably) push back the lifting of covid restrictions from 21st June to at least the 20th July, the first week register on the 18th July to start on the 19th. Will any paid for testing be required? 

A PCR test before attending and they then they did one lateral flow on arrival whilst waiting in the car and then one midweek. 

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1 hour ago, Lara Eschler said:

A PCR test before attending and they then they did one lateral flow on arrival whilst waiting in the car and then one midweek. 

I paid for the PCR (way too much) as I was also worried about the time frame (initially they needed to be done no less than 72 hours prior to arrival and it was Easter weekend, then they changed to 5 days).   The only way to get an NHS PCR test was to say the child has symptoms. They might just go with lateral flow tests this time for Students based in the UK. We might know more next week?

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Just now, Lara Eschler said:

I paid for the PCR (way too much) as I was also worried about the time frame (initially they needed to be done no less than 72 hours prior to arrival and it was Easter weekend, then they changed to 5 days).   The only way to get an NHS PCR test was to say the child has symptoms. They might just go with lateral flow tests this time for Students based in the UK. We might know more next week?

I meant no more than 72 hours. 

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19 hours ago, Lara Eschler said:

I paid for the PCR (way too much) as I was also worried about the time frame (initially they needed to be done no less than 72 hours prior to arrival and it was Easter weekend, then they changed to 5 days).   The only way to get an NHS PCR test was to say the child has symptoms. They might just go with lateral flow tests this time for Students based in the UK. We might know more next week?

I hope PCR tests are a little cheaper now. It’s my DS’s 10th birthday the day before they go on the Sunday. He will be super annoyed if his main birthday present is a PCR test 😂 

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33 minutes ago, BalletBoysDad said:

I hope PCR tests are a little cheaper now. It’s my DS’s 10th birthday the day before they go on the Sunday. He will be super annoyed if his main birthday present is a PCR test 😂 

It's my sons 10th birthday the day he goes on week 3 he is ecstatic about spending his birthday night there!

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38 minutes ago, BalletBoysDad said:

I hope PCR tests are a little cheaper now. It’s my DS’s 10th birthday the day before they go on the Sunday. He will be super annoyed if his main birthday present is a PCR test 😂 

Can you imagine😂

 

I was looking at PCR tests a few weeks ago, the cheapest I could find was £58 although availability and location do seem to vary quite a lot. There is a list of approved providers on the government website. If you need any help when you know exactly what’s required, I’m happy to pm you my findings. 

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For those on the various waiting lists (and apologies for boring everyone else) does anyone else think this might be a hopeful sign?

 

BBC reporting that despite the delay to removing legal limits on group sizes/social distancing etc, there are some changes being brought in from 21 June including the following:

  • Children can go on overnight trips in groups of 30 with, for example, the Scouts or Guides, or as part of summer residential schools

 

So possibly group sizes might be able to be larger, and open up more places?

 

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Hello all,

 

Our DD-12 is looking forward to attending week 2 of the summer program.  As this is our first RBS experience and being an international student, we were trying to get a better understanding of how the week typically goes.  This is her 1st time boarding so she is looking forward to attending and making new friends.  We are assuming that the rooms are arranged 4 kids per room, is this the norm?  Also, what does a typical day of dance look like?  Is there placement done the first day or is every one grouped together?  What types of activities do the kids participate in addition to dancing?  Thanks in advance!

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