Vocational Exams

We provide the opportunity for our pupils to complete their Vocational Training and Examinations with the following examination boards :

  • ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) in Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap.

  • RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) in Ballet.

  • LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

  • GCSE and A Level Dance with AQA.

We are also a private examination centre for Edexcel, Pearson and AQA for all academic subjects. 

 

Click a link below to find out more.

examination boards

 

Istd vocational examinations

styles offered

Imperial Classical Ballet : Pre Primary, Primary, Standard 1, Grade 1-6, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2

Modern Theatre : Primary, Grade 1-6, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2

Tap : Pre Primary, Primary, Grade 1-6, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2

Will my child take their exam?

Our staff have to consider multiple factors in or to enter a child for their exam. 

  • Class attendance and punctuality. If children are missing from class, they are missing the syllabus that has been taught that day, which they will be examined on. This makes it very hard for us to enter students for their exam if they have missed a number of lessons. This includes attendance to coaching sessions leading up to the examination so the students are fully prepared and have practised with their specific group thoroughly before the exam. 100% commitment is required which allows the children to attain the outstanding results of the past years.

  • Effort, focus and discipline shown in class.

  • There are minimum age requirements for some grades set by the ISTD. If your child is in a grade for older children they cannot be entered for their exam.

What to expect on the day?

Prior to the examination you will have confirmation of your exam timetable and examiner.

The students are entered in groups with exercises learnt and worked on in class, but a huge part of the examination is marked on their spatial awareness. 

Please ensure that you arrive at least 1 hour before your child is scheduled to take their exam with all the requirements that have been listed below.

 

Uniform requirements 

 

Ballet exams 

Leotards and Skirts provided on the day. 

Pre Primary to Grade 2 PINK BALLET SOCKS AND PINK BALLET SHOES

Grade 3 and above PINK BALLET TIGHTS AND PINK BALLET SHOES


MODERN EXAMS

Primary, Grade 1 and 2  SCHOOL UNIFORM LEOTARDS

Grade 3 and above SCHOOL UNIFORM UNITARDS

 

TAP EXAMS

Primary and Grade 1 SCHOOL UNIFORM LEOTARDS BLACK SOCKS AND BLACK TAP SHOES

Grade 2 and above SCHOOL UNIFORM LEOTARDS OR UNITARDS BLACK SOCKS AND BLACK TAP SHOES

All exam candidates must bring the following

1 Suitable hair brush preferable a paddle brush

2 Nit comb

3 Hair elastics the same colour as their hair and plenty of these

4 Hair nets not bun nets same colour as their hair

5 Hair pins not Kirby grips and assortment of sizes and strengths

6 Hairspray

7 Water spray bottle available from Boots or Superdrug

8 Scissors to cut ribbons

9 Spray gel for those that have fringes

May I suggest that all the above is brought in a make-up type box with the Children’s name on it. We will do their hair once you have  arrived so that we don't mess it up getting dressed.

 

We have  the Official ISTD Exam Letter for absence which you can present to your current school so children are still awarded their attendance mark for the day of the exam.

The cost for the exam comprises of exam fee, coaching fee and venue charge (which incorporates the pianist cost and teacher time) this will be detailed on email.

Where will my exam be?

We hold our ISTD Examination at The Studios, 661 Rayleigh Road, CM13 1SS.

DID you know you can gain UCAS points too?

For Grade 6 + with the ISTD you can gain tariff points Take a look here for more information. 

PREVIOUS EXAM RESULTS:

TOTAL IN FOR EXAM                            DISTINCTION                          MERIT

2022                                       91                                                               81                                               19

2021                                       157                                                             128                                             29 

2020                                      66                                                              59                                              7            

2019                                       131                                                              104                                            27

ISTD Examination Candidate Entry Form

RAD vocational examinations

 

styles offered

Ballet : Inter Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. 

Will my child take their exam?

Our staff have to consider multiple factors in or to enter a child for their exam. 

  • Class attendance and punctuality. If children are missing from class, they are missing the syllabus that has been taught that day, which they will be examined on. This makes it very hard for us to enter students for their exam if they have missed a number of lessons. This includes attendance to coaching sessions leading up to the examination so the students are fully prepared and have practised with their specific group thoroughly before the exam. 100% commitment is required which allows the children to attain the outstanding results of the past years.

  • Effort, focus and discipline shown in class.

  • There are minimum age requirements for some grades set by the RAD. If your child is in a grade for older children they cannot be entered for their exam.

What to expect on the day?

Prior to the examination you will have confirmation of your exam timetable and examiner.

Examination will tkae place at The Studios, 661 Rayleigh Road or the new RAD Headquarters is 188 York Road, London, SW11 3JZ. (For SatNav please use the Travelodge next door, SW11 3QR.)

The main points to note for the RAD HQ are:

 

  • Parents are not allowed to wait at HQ, they must drop off their child and return to collect them

  • There is no parking available at all

  • Teachers must arrive prior to the candidates and stay with them (unless the Exam Attendant is with them). If you are entering Class Awards you should bring a second teacher with you if you have more than one set of candidates that day.

  • Only one exam set should arrive together – please do not bring all children at the same time, we need to limit the amount of people in the building at any one time. As the RAD has recently moved, there will be maintenance workers on site, so we must limit the amount of people on site where we can. Arrival time for each set is 30 minutes before the start of their exam, allowing time for entry checks and warm-up studio time.

  • Candidates should arrive ready and dressed – access to changing rooms is limited, and should be kept to a minimum. Hair should be done prior to arrival and not in the changing/warm-up area. Remember we do not add/deduct marks for hairstyle, so as long as the hair is back off the face securely this will be fine.

DID you know you can gain UCAS points too?

For Grade 6 + with the RAD you can gain tariff points Take a look here for more information. 

PREVIOUS EXAM RESULTS:

TOTAL IN FOR EXAM                            DISTINCTION                          MERIT

2022                                      14                                                               10                                                4