Update on Spring and Summer exams/assessments 2020
I was keen to hold assessments and exams for those who were due to take one at the end of the Spring and Summer terms. However, on further reflection and as the situation has developed over the summer, I have decided that it would be best for the students to return to class in the correct grade for their year group without taking the previous grade’s exam or assessment. I feel that all students will have some degree of catching up to do at school and elsewhere, and I would like dancing to be a place they can come to that is free of this. I would really like them to return to class with no pressure and just get used to our new normal. We will ensure they reach the correct standard and strength for their year group as we work through the syllabus.
Our Year 8 to 13 students will be submitting a video entry for their next exam to keep them on track to reach Grade 8 by the end of Year 13.
The RAD exams are run by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the examiner is sent out by the RAD.
Due to the level of accuracy required and the volume of syllabus to cover, we ask pupils to undertake 2 ballet classes a week if they would like to take the full exam. Up to and including year 4 this extra class is only required in the term leading up to their exam however, from year 5 upwards we ask the pupils to attend weekly Masters classes which focus on further strengthening their technique. For more information regarding Masters classes please see the 'Masters Classes' page.
The higher exams earn valuable NVQ and UCAS points equivalents.
UCAS points are offered for RAD 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
RAD 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.
These are run by our own school. The students study the same syllabus and are entered for the in-house assessment. Mrs Lewis (RAD teacher, former school Principal) or another RAD teacher will examine the students. Certificates and medals are given by our school, not by the RAD. Students may be entered for these with no extra lessons, so attending once a week is fine.
We 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 RAD exam is not an option. They can go from in-house in one grade to RAD in another grade quite successfully.
The In-House Marking System
This is slightly different as we don't want the children comparing with the RAD exams.
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.