Coaching + Exam Timetable

Thanks everyone for making payment of the exam fee itself. The students have been working well and please let me know if you do not have the music for exam practise. This was sent via WeTransfer.

Please find below the timetable for coaching, and then the timetable for the exams themselves.

Both timetables have been created taking into account groups involved e.g. if they are doing 2 exams, hall space, studio space, Mother's Day lunches, teacher availability as well as some requests re swimming galas and school events.

As you are all aware, attendance is vital. Your children are all fantastic dancers and we don't want nerves to get in the way of them showing the examiner their best work. We make sure they know the steps inside and out so that if initial wobbles do happen, their muscle memory will take over!


Sun 11th March : Kitson

8.00- 8.45am
G1 Mod (all)
8.45 - 9.30am
G1 Tap (all)
9.30 - 10.15am
G2 Mod (all)
10.15 - 11.00am
G2 Tap (all)
3.30 - 4.30pm
G3 Mod (all)

Sat 17th March : Studio

1.00 - 1.30pm
G1 Tap (1)
Lucia, Leonor
1.30 - 2.00pm
G1 Mod (1)
Lucia, Sarah, Yasmeen
2.00 - 2.30pm
G1 Tap (2)
Lily, Yasmeen, Izzy
2.30 - 3.00pm
G1 Mod (2)
Lily, Izzy
3.00 - 3.30pm
G2 Mod (1)
Jess, Sienna
3.30 - 4.15pm
G2 Tap
Perdey, Danni, Sophie A, Jess
4.15 - 5.00pm
G3 Mod (1)
Ava, Hannah, Jophiel, Daisy

Sun 18th March: Studio

1.00 - 1.45pm
G2 Mod (2)
Perdey, Danni, Sophie A
1.45 - 2.30pm
G3 Mod (2)
Sophie F, Olive, Cleo
2.30 - 3.30pm Primary Tap + Mod

Sat 24th March :

2.15 - 3.00pm
G2 Mod (2) 
Perdey, Danni, Sophie A
3.00 - 3.40pm
G2 Tap
Perdey, Danni, Sophie A, Jess
3.40 - 4.20pm
G2 Mod (2)
Jess, Sienna
4.20 - 4.45pm
G1 Tap (1)
Lucia, Léonor
4.45 - 5.15pm
G1 Mod (1)
Lucia, Sarah, Yasmeen
5.15 - 5.45pm
G1 Tap (2)
Lily, Yasmeen, Izzy
5.45 - 6.10pm
G1 Mod (2)
Lily, Izzy
6.10 - 6.55pm
G3 Mod (1)
Ava, Hannah, Jophiel, Daisy
6.55 - 7.40pm
G3 Mod (2) Sophie F, Olive, Cleo

Coaching Fees

Primary: £17.50
Includes: 1 x 60 min coaching
Exam day costs

Grade 1 Modern: £29.00
Includes: 1 x 45 min, 1 x 30 min coaching + 1 x mock
Exam day costs

Grade 1 Tap: £29.00
Includes: 1 x 45 min, 1 x 30 min coaching + 1 x mock
Exam day costs

Grade 2 Tap: £31.00
Includes: 2 x 45 min coaching + 1 x mock
Exam day costs

Grade 2 Modern : £29.00
Includes: 1 x 45 min, 1 x 30 min coaching + 1 x mock
Exam day costs

Grade 3 Modern: £36.50
Includes : 2 x 45 min coaching + 1 x mock
Exam day costs

Grade 6 Modern : £9.00
Exam day costs

Please make payment for the above amount(s) by Friday 9th March. Payments should be made via bank transfer to the school account.

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

Exam Timetable

This has now been submitted to the ISTD for their approval so MAY be subject to change, however this is not likely.

Our examiner's name is Ms Butcher and she will be examining on both days.


Sunday 25th March

10.00 - 10.50am
G6 Mod Florence

10.50 - 11.35am
G3 Mod (1) Sophie F, Olive, Cleo

11.35 - 12.00am

12.00 - 12.45pm
G2 Mod Jess, Sienna

12.45 - 1.15pm
G1 Tap (2)  Lily, Yasmeen, Izzy

1.15- 1.40pm
G1 Tap (1) Lucia, Léonor

1.40 - 2.05pm BREAK

2.05 - 2.35pm
G1 Mod (2) Lucia, Sarah, Yasmeen

2.35 - 3.00pm
G1 Mod (1) Lily, Izzy

Wednesday 28th March

12.00 - 12.35pm
Primary Tap Honor, Maud, Beth, Matilda, Annie

12.35 - 1.20pm
G2 Tap Perdey, Sophie A, Danni, Jess

1.20 - 1.55pm
Primary Mod Honor, Maud, Beth, Matilda, Annie

1.55 - 2.30pm

2.30 - 3.15pm
G2 Mod Perdey, Sophie A, Danni

3.15 - 4.00pm
G3 Mod (2) Ava, Hannah, Jophiel, Daisy



ISTD Exams - March 2018

We are pleased to be holding Tap + Modern exams at Kitson Hall on Sunday 25th March and Wednesday 28th March 2018. 

If this will be your child's first exam with Clifford Studios, please take the time to read my blog post from September 2016 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 Spring 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, with the studio opening date being uncertain, we are requesting the exam fee only at this stage. If we are able to hold coaching sessions at the studio this will reduce fees greatly. Additionally, 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 Modern - £41.90
Grade 6 Modern - £50.00

Please make payment for the above amount(s) by Friday 2nd February. Payments should be made via bank transfer to the school account.

Account Name: Clifford Studios
Sort Code : 40 26 12
Account Number: 02107694
Ref: EXAMMAR2018


As per the information above, we do not yet know where the coaching will take place or how much will be required. Please keep the following dates free and we will let you know as soon as possible when your child will be required. They will be called for 30 -60 minutes per exam they are taking for coaching and for 25 - 55 minutes for their mock exam.

Saturday 3rd March (from 2.30pm)
Sunday 4th March
Saturday 10th March (from 2.30pm)
Sunday 11th March
Saturday 17th March (from 2.30pm)
Sunday 18th March
Saturday 24th March (from 2.30pm)

Exam Day

We will release the exam timetable before February half term so that you can plan accordingly. Should your child be scheduled on Wednesday 28th March, and therefore need time off school, please find below a letter you can submit with your request. Taking an exam is classed as an authorised absence.

Summer Term

Not everyone from every class is taking an exam in March. Some are taking them in July. Therefore, following the exams, your child will go up into the next grade and may no longer be with their usual class mates.

At this stage, we are planning for the timetable to stay the same as it is now, so you can look ahead to see what your child's schedule will look like for the Summer Term.

Grade 3 Modern pupils:
As there are no Grade 4 pupils taking their Modern exams in March, the result will be a large Grade 4 class for the Summer Term if those taking their Grade 3 move straight up.

Ellis and I are still considering what would be the best arrangement for all concerned so please be patient on that one. If the students do move up into the Grade 4 class, we will switch the order of Grade 3 Tap and Modern on a Thursday so there is no waiting around for those that will be Grade 3 Tap but then Grade 4 Modern.