ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE EXAMINATIONS
Ballet Train enters students for RAD Exams in the Summer Term of the school year.
Exams give the student a great sense of achievement and most students, if properly prepared thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Exams are marked at three levels Pass, Merit and Distinction, with certificates and corresponding Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals for Grades 1 to 5.
Grades 6, Intermediate and Advanced candidates can receive from 8 to 24 UCAS points (for university entrance) dependant on the level of the Grade and the pass mark.
At Ballet Train we enter students from Primary level right through to Advanced.
Our youngest Primary students must be 6 years old at the time of examination.
Primary and Grades 1 to 5 examinations take place at Mortimer Hall. Intermediate and Advanced exams are held at RAD headquarters in Battersea.
Exams fees are charged at RAD rates with a small extra fee for those taking their exam at Mortimer Hall to cover the hire of the hall and staff to play the music and organise the examinees on exam day.
At Ballet Train Exams are optional, and your child will not suffer if they do not wish to enter. Students that do not take exams will generally move up to the next Grade level at the same time as their peers unless they are deemed to be struggling in their current grade. Students that do wish to be entered for examination must have reached the required standard by the end of the Spring term. Parents will be advised at this time if your child is deemed ready to take an exam.
Over the years we have seen a huge difference in the levels of confidence, enjoyment and attainment between those students that attend class once a week and those that attend twice or more. RAD guidelines state that "Students studying for vocational graded examinations should take a minimum of two syllabus classes a week at the lower levels, increasing as the student progresses to the higher levels" Taking this into account, we strongly suggest that all exam candidates attend class more than once a week and have now made it a mandatory requirement for all Ballet Train students from Grade 2 up.Therefore students from Grade 2 upward will not be considered for examination entry unless they are attending class twice weekly. Our weekly timetable offers at least two classes per week at each grade level to accommodate this.
Ballet can be a lot of fun and is a great form of exercise but it is an extremely hard physical and mental discipline and almost impossible to master at any level on just one hour a week.