Our next R.A.D. Exam session is Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th July 2018. You should have had an email if your child is involved. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like your child to be entered or not. The R.A.D.need to know how many days I require as soon as possible. Thank you.
I do not have a date for the 'in house' exams but it will possibly be the previous Saturday/Sunday, 30th June/1st July.
The R.A.D. exams are run by the Royal Academy of Dance. (R.A.D.) The examiner is sent out by the R.A.D.The standard is high and the students therefore need to attend two lessons per week in order to reach the required standard for these exams. From Grade 3 and above the students wishing to continue taking the R.A.D. exams should be attending at least 2 lessons per week continuously. This is where the pre junior Masters, Junior Masters and Masters classes come in. The higher exams earn valuable NVQ and UCAS points equivalents, please see below.
IN HOUSE EXAMS. These are run by our own school. The students study the same syllabus and are entered for the 'in house' exam. Mrs Lewis (R.A.D. teacher) or another R.A.D. teacher will examine the students. Certificates and medals are given by our school, not by the R.A.D. Students may be entered for these with no extra lessons, so attending once a week is fine.
I introduced this system a few years ago to enable all children to take an exam, achieve a result and feel qualified to move up a grade with their peers. It has proved most successful. Sometimes, due to lack of attendance through no fault of their own the R.A.D. exam is not an option. They can go from 'in house' in one grade to R.A.D. in another grade quite successfully.
Another reason may be expense. The R.A.D exam fees are from £50 upwards. The 'in house' exam fees are from £20 upwards.
R.A.D. Marks are awarded and medals given as follows:
40-54 marks, Pass and a Bronze medal.
55-74 marks Merit and a silver medal.
75-100 marks Distinction and Gold medal.
The 'in house' marking system is slightly different as I don't want the children comparing with the R.A.D. exams. We have the same examiner every time for our 'in house' exams so they are more on an even keel. The categories are:
45-54 Pass Bronze medal,
55-74 Commended Silver medal,
75 and over Honours and Gold medal.
Pre Primary are given a certificate and Gold medal with no individual marks.