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 Senior Masters classes come in.
The higher exams earn valuable NVQ and UCAS points equivalents.
UCAS points are offered for R.A.D exams only and are as follows:
GRADE 6 PASS - 30 POINTS, MERIT - 35 POINTS, DISTINCTION - 40 POINTS
GRADE 7 PASS - 35 POINTS, MERIT - 45 POINTS, DISTINCTION - 55 POINTS
GRADE 8 PASS - 45 POINTS, MERIT - 55 POINTS, DISTINCTION - 65 POINTS
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.
In House Exams
What are '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.
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 and a bronze medal.
55-74 = Commended and a silver medal.
75 and over = Honours and a gold medal.
Pre Primary are given a certificate and gold medal with no individual marks.