Performances

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We believe taking part in performances is as crucial to pupils’ development as working towards exams. Therefore Clifford Studios endeavours to involve pupils in as many shows as possible. Along with the excitement of dancing for an audience, the students experience the joy of shared achievement and the commitment required to successfully work as a team.

Performances range from dancing for their parents at the end of every term, to events + productions planned by local organisations. Click on each image below to see highlights of our previous shows/showcases.

Exams

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Pupils from each class that are judged to be ready (usually after 3 – 4 terms of study) take exams in the ISTD syllabi. They start with ISTDD Primary Tap, Modern + Ballet aged 6 years +.

Taking an exam is the culmination of all work put in by the pupils throughout their classes. The exam is an opportunity to showcase what they have learned and have an external dance specialist reward their efforts.Through taking exams, pupils learn the value of hard work and understand the concept of working towards a goal; essential life lessons regardless of whether pupils intend to make dance their career.

Exams also give a purpose and meaning to their dance classes; the sense of achievement upon receiving their certificate further inspiring them for the future.

ISTD exams are recognised by the National Qualifications Framework and, as such, from Grade 6 level, pupils accrue UCAS points with their exam results. Exam results are also recognised Duke of Edinburgh Award goals.

Exam Procedures

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Parents will be informed at least 6 weeks in advance by the class teacher if their child is judged to be ready for an exam. This is entirely at the discretion of the teacher. They will receive a detailed email, outlining times, dates + fees. (Please note that exams are a nonprofit making part of the school).

Pupils need to ensure consistent attendance throughout the year however, in ʻexam termʼ it is particularly important. In addition to the once a week classes, pupils taking exams will be required to take part in additional coaching sessions and mock exams. Any pupil who fails to attain the exam standard through lack of attendance, or any other reason, will be withdrawn from the exam at the discretion of the teacher.

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

Approximately 6 weeks after an exam session takes place (held either at the school or at the ISTD headquarters if a smaller group), exam results are sent through to the Studio Founder. Pupils 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 then distributes the mark sheets in a sealed envelope to each pupil. Pupils do 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 receives the certificates from the ISTD and at this point, parents are invited into the class to see their children receive their certificates.

Exam Results

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2019

Tap

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Merit - 2
Primary CA
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Intermediate Foundation
Intermediate
Bronze
Silver

Modern

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 2
Primary CA
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Intermediate Foundation
Distinction - 1
Intermediate
Distinction - 1
Bronze
Silver

Ballet

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Primary CA
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Pass - 4
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Intermediate Foundation
Intermediate
Bronze
Silver
CA = Class Award; only Pass / Fail result available

2018

Tap

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 6 | Merit - 5
Primary CA
Grade 1
Distinction - 4 | Merit - 4
Grade 2
Distinction - 7 | Merit - 1
Grade 2 CA
Pass - 1
Grade 3
Distinction - 3 | Merit - 5
Grade 3 CA
Pass - 4
Grade 4
Merit - 1
Grade 4 CA
Pass - 1
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

Modern

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 8 | Merit - 3
Primary CA
Grade 1
Grade 2
Distinction - 5 | Merit - 3
Grade 2 CA
Pass - 1
Grade 3
Distinction - 4 | Merit - 5 | Pass - 1
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Merit - 9
Grade 4 CA
Pass - 2
Grade 5
Grade 6
Distinction - 1
Bronze
Silver

Ballet

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Merit - 6
Primary CA
Pass - 1
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Merit - 4
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Distinction - 1
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Distinction - 1
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver
CA = Class Award; only Pass / Fail result available

2017

Ballet

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Primary CA
Grade 1
Grade 2
Merit - 7
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Merit - 2
Grade 3 CA
Pass - 2
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Pass - 2
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver
CA = Class Award; only Pass / Fail result available

2016

Tap

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 3 | Merit - 1
Primary CA
Grade 1
Distinction - 3 | Merit - 2
Grade 2
Distinction - 4 | Merit - 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Distinction - 2 | Merit - 2
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

Modern

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 4
Primary CA
Grade 1
Distinction - 5 | Merit - 1
Grade 2
Distinction - 2 | Merit - 8
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Distinction - 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Distinction - 1
Grade 6
Bronze
Distinction - 2 | Merit - 3
Silver
Distinction - 1

Ballet

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Primary CA
Grade 1
Distinction - 2
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

2015

Tap

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 2
Primary CA
Grade 1
Distinction - 2 | Merit - 4
Grade 2
Distinction - 1 | Merit - 3
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

Modern

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 2
Primary CA
Grade 1
Distinction - 5
Grade 2
Distinction - 1 | Modern - 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Distinction - 2
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

Ballet

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Merit - 2
Primary CA
Grade 1
Merit - 3
Grade 2
Merit - 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

2014

Tap

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 7
Primary CA
Grade 1
Merit - 2
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

Modern

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 5
Primary CA
Grade 1
Merit - 2
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver

Ballet

Pre Primary CA
Primary
Distinction - 2 | Merit - 1
Primary CA
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 2 CA
Grade 3
Grade 3 CA
Grade 4
Grade 4 CA
Grade 5
Grade 6
Bronze
Silver