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On 20/11/2019 at 10:17, AdageKitty said:

I've just noticed that they've added an extra date for Junior Dance on the 28th February while most of the ones are in January.  Are there any advantages/disadvantages of doing a later audition? 

I don’t know of advantages or disadvantages, but this is the one my daughter has been offered

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4 hours ago, Milzmam said:

Hi everyone, has anyone heard of any local authorities that have funded lower school places? If so which ones? Thanks

Not sure what you mean by this? But Marylebone school for Girls has dance places available by audition, there may be other schools that offer dance options as well. This is a regular state funded school with a dance program though, not a full time dance training. 

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Local authorities used to be the bodies that funded arts education but I think once MDS & DaDa funding from Central government was established this largely ended....though each authority may be different so worth looking into for any candidate. Also they can usually provide you with a list specific to your region of charitable bodies which might help arts (though in my experience the funding generally - not always - is for more university age or for small amounts more like a grant towards kit etc....but as they say, every little can help!) Also look for very local to you organisations; we’ve benefited from small (c. £300 annually) from a local Arts Society who make awards to children & adults in very small geographic area to help further studies/but kit/attend courses etc. 

I have heard in large city areas of sizeable  awards (probably not anywhere near full funding but might be a game changer!) from organisations like Rotary/Lions & Masons (though it can be a long drawn out process with no guarantees & often needs to be almost a year in advance if starting (which is daft as you don’t know you need funding until after finals etc....) 

But if you don’t ask you don’t get!

good luck to all still needing that vital funding xx

 

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1 minute ago, Sally-Anne said:

Not sure what you mean by this? But Marylebone school for Girls has dance places available by audition, there may be other schools that offer dance options as well. This is a regular state funded school with a dance program though, not a full time dance training. 

Hi @Sally-Anne I mean any local authorities that have either paid or contributed towards fees for lower school entry. My dd has been offered place with no MDS or bursary and our local authority have said if I can find details of any Las that have funded people they will see what they might be able to do for her 

 

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 I know of someone who was funded by their council - Hammersmith and Fulham, I think - for a lower school place. It was for Arts Ed, Chiswick, so not one of the main schools and no government funding, I think. This was quite a few years ago. There was only one piece of funding available - and it wasn’t just for dance - maybe it was for any type of specialist education - so there was stiff competition and stringent eligibility criteria. I don’t know if funding was available for just that school or if such a scheme still exists. Nor do I know if it was fully funded or topped up with other bursaries etc. 

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50 minutes ago, rowan said:

 I know of someone who was funded by their council - Hammersmith and Fulham, I think - for a lower school place. It was for Arts Ed, Chiswick, so not one of the main schools and no government funding, I think. This was quite a few years ago. There was only one piece of funding available - and it wasn’t just for dance - maybe it was for any type of specialist education - so there was stiff competition and stringent eligibility criteria. I don’t know if funding was available for just that school or if such a scheme still exists. Nor do I know if it was fully funded or topped up with other bursaries etc. 

Thanks x

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5 hours ago, Milzmam said:

Hi @Sally-Anne I mean any local authorities that have either paid or contributed towards fees for lower school entry. My dd has been offered place with no MDS or bursary and our local authority have said if I can find details of any Las that have funded people they will see what they might be able to do for her 

 

Interesting - we had the same situation and I just assumed that meant we wouldn’t be able to take the place. Will be interested to hear how you get on with this 

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Thinking back, it might be that it was some sort of special school bursary but only available to someone in that borough, but I don’t think it was. I think it was a council thing. Pupil definitely did not apply to any of the main dance schools. 

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Again I may not be right on this but think places like Jersey/Isle of Man might not elegance for MDS so it’s possible local authorities may assist funding as I’m sure I’ve heard of people from those regions attending schools with help...they are still part of overall UK so might give a precedent for you to present? 

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Just to be clear, the Channel Islands (including Jersey) and the Isle of Man are not part of the UK. Residents there do not (generally speaking) pay tax to the UK and so do not receive benefits from the UK exchequer.

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Thanks Bangor - Wasn’t too sure.....knew about the tax hencevno benefits etc....still UK passports now/post Brexit? 

And so how do these Island residents get funded for vocational training out if interest? 

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So I’m in y11 at a non vocational school currently. I am really keen on auditioning for tring and Hammond post 16 after GCSEs. Has anyone had any experiences joining post 16? Can anyone also tell me how good I have to become to be considered for funding because otherwise I could never afford fees , thanks :)

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Plenty of people join vocational school for upper school ( post 16 ) so it is most definitely possible ( and for some maybe even preferable but that’s a whole other thread!). With regard to “how good you need to become” I wonder what experience you have had outside of your local dance school? Summer schools, masterclasses etc can be helpful along the way to give an idea of the kind of standard to expect but I would always encourage a young person to have a go if it’s something you think you might enjoy. You just never know if you don’t try and at worst, you’ll have had a lovely class in a great studio with a live pianist and a good teacher!

Do your homework on the schools you decide to apply to but go with an open mind, you may end up preferring a school that started off further down your list! best of luck 

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