ISTD Exams - July 2018

We are pleased to be holding Tap + Modern exams at Kitson Hall on Sunday 1st July and Sunday 8th July 2018. 

If this will be your child's first exam with Clifford Studios, please take the time to read the blog post here. It's about why we do exams and the school's approach to them. 

You will have received an email stating which exam we are considering your child for, however, if you are unsure, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Pupils will take their exams in groups of 2 – 4 and wear their Clifford Studios Tap + Modern uniform.

Approximately 6 weeks after the exam session, the ISTD will send the exam results through to the school. Pupils will receive either a Pass, Merit or Distinction. They are awarded marks in several criteria and the overall percentage totalled to ascertain their result. 

The school distributes the mark sheets in a sealed envelope to each pupil. Pupils should not open these at the hall and pupils have no obligation to share their results with anyone other than their parents.

Following this, the school will receive the certificates from the ISTD and at this point, parents will be invited into the class to see their children receive their certificates.


Pupils need to ensure consistent attendance throughout the year however, in ‘exam term’ (in this case the Summer Term), it is particularly important.

In addition to the once a week classes, pupils taking exams will be required to take part in coaching sessions. If the required number of coaching sessions/classes are not met, we will have to withdraw your child from the exam. We would far rather a pupil did not take an exam than did so underprepared. A positive exam experience is fun and enjoyable, however a negative one can be extremely damaging to a pupil's confidence and love of dance.

As pupils will be taking their exams in small groups, they need to rehearse doing so. This will include where to stand, which order to dance in and in general familiarise themselves with dancing some exercises solo.


Exams are a non profit making part of the school. The ISTD sets the exam fees themselves and we then charge a further fee to cover extra coaching (hall hire + teacher time), hall hire for exam day, examiner refreshment, practise music and music operator.

Usually we would request the total amount right away however, as we are waiting until half term to decide if some students are going to be entered, we are requesting the exam fee only at this stage. Please be aware that we will be requesting the coaching fee later. The amount of coaching required will depend on the students progress this half of term. We aim to keep costs down wherever possible.

Fees are as follows:

Primary Tap - £32.70
Primary Modern - £32.70
Grade 1 Tap - £33.70
Grade 1 Modern - £33.70
Grade 2 Tap - £35.70
Grade 2 Modern - £35.70
Grade 3 Tap - £41.90
Grade 3 Modern - £41.90
Grade 4 Tap - £43.90
Grade 4 Modern - £43.90
Grade 6 Modern - £50.00
Intermediate Tap - £74.50

Please make payment for the above amount(s) by Friday 11th May. Payments should be made via bank transfer to the school account.

Account Name: Clifford Studios
Sort Code : 40 26 12
Account Number: 02107694
Ref: ISTDJUL2018


As per the information above, we do not yet know where the coaching will take place or how much will be required. It will likely be taking place onSaturday and Sunday afternoons in June and we will let you know ASAP.

Exam Day

We will release the exam timetable before June half term so that you can plan accordingly.