ISTD Exams: February 2020

Sunday 2nd February Timetable
Saturday 8th February Timetable
Sunday 9th February Timetable

We are pleased to invite Tap + Modern pupils from Primary up to Grade 5 to take their ISTD exams next term. 

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

About the Exams

Exams will take place as below:

Sunday 2nd Feb: from 11.15am at Castlenau Community Centre
Saturday 8th Feb: From 2.30pm at Kitson Hall
Sunday 9th Feb: from 11.15am at Castlenau Community Centre

We submit a timetable to the ISTD who in turn approve this and send it back. We expect to have confirmation a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the first exam day. We submit the timetable along with fees so prompt payment means we will be able to tell you sooner exactly when your child’s exam will be. For now, please keep ALL of the above times/dates free.

Pupils take their exams in groups of 2 – 5 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 taking an exam 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.

Exam Preparation

Pupils need to ensure consistent attendance throughout the year however, in ‘exam term’ (in this case the 2nd half of the Autumn term and first half of Spring term), it is particularly important.

If the required number of classes are not met, we will have to withdraw your child from the exam and you will not be refunded. 

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.

The following coaching sessions are in addition to regular classes and are an essential part of exam preparation. In these sessions students practise in their groups/space and get individual attention as well as experience a ‘mock’ exam feel.

Please make a careful note of your child’s group name + number and then check this against the timetable.

Group Names + Numbers

Primary Tap: Sophie W, Grace, Evie, Lilah
Primary Modern: Sophie W, Grace, Evie, Lilah
Grade 1 Tap 1: Honor, Matilda, Alanna
Grade 1 Tap 2: Beth, Maud, Annie
Grade 1 Modern 1: Honor, Matilda, Alanna
Grade 1 Modern 2: Beth, Maud, Annie
Grade 2 Tap 1: Leonor, Lily, Julia
Grade 2 Tap 2: Yasmeen, Isabelle, Sophia R, Ameera
Grade 2 Modern 1: Yasmeen, Isabelle, Francesca, Sarah
Grade 2 Modern 2: Lily, Lola, Nell, Olivia
Grade 3 Tap 1: Perdey, Danni, Sophie A, Jess R-S
Grade 3 Tap 2: Jess B, Lori, Sienna
Grade 3 Modern 1: Perdey, Danni, Sophie A, Jess R-S
Grade 3 Modern 2: Jess B, Lori, Sienna
Grade 4 Modern 1: Cleo, Sophie F, Hannah
Grade 4 Modern 2: Cara, Phoebe
Grade 4 Tap 1: Cleo, Sophie F, Hannah
Grade 4 Tap 2: Polly, Kate
Grade 5 Modern 1: Bella, Maddie, Angel
Grade 5 Modern 2: Kate, Izzy
Grade 5 Tap: Bella, Maddie, Florence

Coaching Timetable

Saturday 4th Jan - Studio - Jo

1:30 - G4 Tap 1
2:15 - G4 Mod 1
3:00 - G4 Mod 2
3:45 - G4 Tap 2
4:30 - G5 Mod 2
5:15 - G5 Tap
6:00 - G5 Mod 1
6:45 - FINISH

Sunday 5th Jan - Studio - Jo

12:30 - G1 Tap 1
1:15 - G1 Mod 1
2:00 - G1 Tap 2
2:45 - G1 Mod 2
3:30 - FINISH

Saturday 11th Jan - Studio - Ellis

2:30 - G2 Tap 1
3:15 - G2 Mod 2
4:00 - G2 Tap 2
4:45 - G2 Mod 1
5:30 - FINISH

Sunday 12th Jan - Studio - Ellis

12:30 - G3 Tap 2
1:15 - G3 Mod 2
2:00 - G3 Tap 1
2:45 - G3 Mod 1
3:30 - FINISH

Saturday 18th Jan - CCC - Jo + Ellis

2:30 - G4 Tap 2
3:15 - G2 Tap 1
4:00 - G2 Mod 2
4:45 - G2 Tap 2
5:30 - G2 Mod 1
6:15 - FINISH

Sunday 19th Jan - CCC - Jo + Ellis

11.45 - Primary Mod
12:15 - Primary Tap 
12:45 - G1 Tap 1
1:30 - G1 Mod 1
2:15 - G1 Tap 2
3:00 - G1 Mod 2
3:45 - FINISH

Saturday 25th Jan - KH - Jo

2:30 - G4 Tap 1
3:15 - G5 Mod 1
4:00 - G5 Tap
4:45 - G5 Mod 2
5:30 - FINISH

Saturday 25th Jan - CCC - Ellis + Jo

2:30 - G3 Tap 1
3:15 - G3 Mod 1
4:00 - G3 Tap 2
4:45 - G3 Mod 2
5:45 - G4 Mod 1
6:30 - G4 Mod 2
7:15 - FINISH

Fees

Exams are a non profit-making part of the school.

Your fee includes:

  • Exam fee : this is fixed by the ISTD.
  • Practice music sent digitally
  • 2 x coaching sessions:* 1 x 45 min session at the studio and 1 x 45 min session at the whichever hall your child is taking their exam
  • Music operator on the exam day(s)
  • Examiner refreshments
  • Hall hire for coaching + exam days

*Primary Tap + Modern students will have 1 x 30 min session at the hall for each exam as they will be attending classes twice a week from January onwards.

Primary Tap: £60.00
Primary Modern: £60.00
Grade 1 Tap: £70.00
Grade 1 Modern: £70.00
Grade 2 Tap: £75.00
Grade 2 Modern: £75.00
Grade 3 Tap: £80.00
Grade 3 Modern: £80.00
Grade 4 Tap: £85.00
Grade 4 Modern: £85.00
Grade 5 Tap: £90.00
Grade 5 Modern: £90.00

Payment should be made via BACS transfer to the school account using the details below, before 13th December 2019. You cannot make payment any other way as we will incur card fees and/or banking fees for paying in cash.

ACCOUNT NAME : Clifford Studios
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 02107694
SORT CODE : 40 26 12
Ref : ISTDEXAM20

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