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Please don’t give up hope - it’s still early days!  My dd was put on the waitlist for MDS funding last year (y7)!  The very next day she was offered the MDS.  When all schools have got their offers out things can start moving quickly!  Some of the current y7s were offered later in April too!

 

Your children have achieved so much by reaching the finals! Although it may be disappointing news - they are still amazing and there is always next year!  Good luck!

 

As @Betty’s mum said last year was a bigger y7 MDS group - it depends on how many were on MDS in the Y11 leavers!  

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7 hours ago, Raquelle said:

Yes..yours?...she is thrilled but it is very far away for us so some big decisions x 

Congratulations - my dd is y7 and we live nearly 5 hours away!  It’s a fab school - my dd was one of the y7 helpers! Happy to chat privately if it is helps? 

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We finally had an email from the school today. My daughter has not been offered a 6th form place at the moment but has been put on their waiting list. Congratulations to all who have had offers of mds fir their dc. To those still waiting.... everything happens for a reason & I'm sure your dc will  reach their dreams too. 

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Hi guys , 

 

ive been reading this thread and I can definitely feel for you all . 
my daughter is PS1 at Hammond now and loves it . 
It wasn’t a straightforward journey , she applied for Sept 17 as a year 9 place 😳. We knew this was tough joining an already established year group but went anyway , 2 days after audition we got offered place , and back then she didn’t need to do recalls She got waiting list , lots of tears and stress but we got through it , and 2 weeks before they started back in September we got the call giving her MDS , we were shocked excited and even had more tears as she didn’t believe it , lots of rushing around and off she went . 
3 fabulous years and then more auditions for upper school , luckily she got a DADA immediately and loves every minute she’s there . 
My message is don’t give up hope , hang in there even if it doesn’t happen it’s never a no it’s just not yet . 
Good luck to you all x 

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14 minutes ago, Dancemumk8 said:

Given covid restrictions we haven’t been able to visit the school or boarding houses, what are the boarding houses like? Have heard differing views!

The school moved to new boarding accommodation in September 2021, and whilst it isn’t as homely, it’s certainly more practical with all rooms having en-suite and year 10 and upwards having their own rooms. DD loves the school which has not only nurtured her love of ballet, but also helped strengthen other dance genres such as modern and tap. She also discovered she could sing! From year 10 they now have a choice of following a classical/contemporary or musical theatre/jazz route in lessons. I like the teaching staff on the whole and the headmistress and new head of boarding are very approachable and enthusiastic.

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5 minutes ago, margarite said:

The school moved to new boarding accommodation in September 2021, and whilst it isn’t as homely, it’s certainly more practical with all rooms having en-suite and year 10 and upwards having their own rooms. DD loves the school which has not only nurtured her love of ballet, but also helped strengthen other dance genres such as modern and tap. She also discovered she could sing! From year 10 they now have a choice of following a classical/contemporary or musical theatre/jazz route in lessons. I like the teaching staff on the whole and the headmistress and new head of boarding are very approachable and enthusiastic.

Thank you so much for your reply. This is very encouraging to read x

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Just now, Dancemumk8 said:

Maybe the school are doing their sums over the weekend to work out how they can offer us all funding 🤣🤞🏻

If only!!!🤣🤞🤞 wouldn't that be wonderful!! 😁😁

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49 minutes ago, Dancemumk8 said:

Given covid restrictions we haven’t been able to visit the school or boarding houses, what are the boarding houses like? Have heard differing views!

My DD is in yr7 so this has been our first experience of boarding. She is an a room for 2, all have private bathrooms, access to a communal kitchen, common room etc. She absolutely loves it, they are encouraged to make their rooms a home from home and can basically bring anything they need. They are even allowed to change curtains etc. She has walls covered in pictures, LED strip lights even has a fridge, beanbags, plants.. it really is just like she would have at home. Boarding staff seem lovely & approachable. One thing that is so good is the houses distance from town. Pre COVID regs the girls & boys met up in Chester each Saturday after dance and are able to go off in small groups together. They grow up quickly, but in a secure environment. Any specific questions feel free to message me. I would say i can not honestly imagine anyone regretting choosing this school, I pinch myself every day when I think how lucky we are. Xx 

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45 minutes ago, Daintydancer said:

Does anyone have any idea why not all emails were sent out yesterday? We are yr7 and have received nothing x

 

There could be lots of reasons - try not to read too much into it :)

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I’m not sure if there are any boys on this forum who have got places but if there is and you need to know anything specific to boys (like boys boarding) or anything else my son is Year 8 at the Hammond and I’m happy to answer any questions. Like others have said it’s a lovely, nurturing school and I feel so lucky he is there.

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1 hour ago, Dancemumk8 said:

Thank you so much for your reply. This is very encouraging to read x

@Dancemumk8 - this is a great school!  We have no regrets whatsoever! Boarding houses are currently rented from Chester university and are predominantly 2-bed (bunks) and en-suite for years 7-9!  Years 7&8 are on the top floor!  Boys and girls have separate lodgings.  There is a fairly new boarding manager and he is fantastic and is slowly bringing in new changes to boarding - ie better wifi, menus etc.

The dance and academic teachers all seem fantastic and most importantly are very approachable!  

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Ahhhh Hammond, still miss Hammond! What struck us coming from another vocational school was, how happy it is! DD said they even sang going from class to class in the corridors when it was show time! And the whole school warm ups in Theatr amongst the seats and on stage! And their performances were amazing! Still say their version of les Mis was the best we’ve seen, brings a lump to my throat! Ahhhhhh happy times 💗

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On 20/03/2021 at 11:44, margarite said:

The school moved to new boarding accommodation in September 2021, and whilst it isn’t as homely, it’s certainly more practical with all rooms having en-suite and year 10 and upwards having their own rooms.

 

 

From year 10 they now have a choice of following a classical/contemporary or musical theatre/jazz route in lessons. I like the teaching staff on the whole and the headmistress and new head of boarding are very approachable and enthusiastic.

Well, it certainly seems as though the school in a relatively short time has turned around really the only 2 issues that sadly were of concern to us when there....

The new boarding sounds exactly what was required & I recall a conversation where for older years, genre streaming was suggested! At year 7 so many start out with a ballet dream but by year 10 those wanting to focus in on ballet as a career were a very small minority & the timetable & then felt very much for the all rounder. No complaints at all about teaching or opportunities beyond those that have now been addressed it would appear so bravo to Hammond! 

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