FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (PAGE 2).................. (Page 1 FAQ)

8). Question. May I pay on a weekly basis, or do I have to pay per term?
  • Answer. Our fees are payable per term in advance. This is because if fees are paid on a pay-as-you-go basis, we could arrive at some of our rented studios to find that, for one reason or another, numbers are insufficient to cover the cost of the already-paid-for hall, pianist and

9). Question. Why do I have to give a full terms notice in writing if I want to leave?

  • Answer. This is a rule common in all private fee-paying schools, and, aside from the courtesy point of view, it is essential for us to be fully aware of the number of children in a class.

10). Question. I already attend another school for some classes, may I join the Bristol School of
.........Dancing for lessons?

  • Answer. We do not take pupils who are already pupils of another dance school. There are several reasons for this, oneof which is the ethical consideration to the other teacher and school. The teaching of dance is a highly disciplined art form within the industry, and every teacher has his/her own ideas and teaching methods that it is hoped will carry their pupils from pre-school lessons right through to the Advanced level. This continuity can only really be achieved when allteachers in one school agree with the methodology and ideas within the school. The Bristol School aims to be as ethical as possible toward our fellow teachers and their terms notice condition, and ask all prospective pupils if they have given the required notice before acceptance into the school. The one and only exception to this is our annual Summer School (see answer to Q.5) when, for one week, classes are open to all.

11). Question. If I cannot make my usual lesson, may I make it up in another branch or in
.........another class?

  • Answer. Regretfully we cannot allow pupils to interchange lessons for those they may miss.
    Each pupil's name must appear on a class register for health and safety reasons, and if you
    swap one class for another, our computer system would pick up that you have attended an
    extra lesson and you will be then charged for an entire term for that particular class.

12). Question. My child has been in the same class for over a year, when will he/she be taking
........ their examination?

  • Answer. The short answer to is; “when they are considered by the Principal and teacher to be ready”. Children are all different and individuals and must be treated as such. The Bristol School follows the syllabi of The Royal Academy of Dance for Ballet and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance for Modern Theatre Dance and Tap. Both these societies have high standards that they rightly expect candidates to achieve and aspire to. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your child will be ready to take an annual examination if the required standard has not been attained. We aim to enter children who attend two ballet classes per week for an examination each year, but children who only attend one ballet class per week will take 18 months to two years to reach the same level. We must bear in mind that all children develop at different rates and there is always an exception, but, rest assured, that we always have the best interest of the pupil at heart and will certainly not hold them back if they show exceptional promise and aptitude.

    NB1: The Royal Academy of Dance with whom we enter pupils for Ballet examinations have minimum age limits for examinations. Pre Primary Class Award is 5 and children must be 5 on January 1st for examinations taken in March and September 1st for examinations in November. Primary has an age limit of 6 with the same date regulation. We cannot enter children for Royal Academy examinations until they are of the appropriate age. So if they move into a lesson too early, they will face a longer period of time in that class than is ideal.
    NB2: All examinations are held in the main Clifton studio on weekdays during school hours and it is the responsibility of individual parents to arrange for the necessary time off school. The dressing room is for the examination candidates only please do not attempt to enter the dressing room as the need to ask you to leave is upsetting and unsettling for the teachers and your child. This request is actually for the good of your child and after many years experience is found to be very successful.

13). Question. Do you do school shows?

  • Answer. The school presents its annual school show during the summer school week that is held at the end of July. In doing this, it prevents any interruption and disruption of class work during term time and because pupils are taking part in classes on a daily basis during summer school a great deal more can be achieved in a relatively short period of time.

14). Question. May I watch lessons?

  • Answer. Not every week. We make arrangements for parents to view their childrens' progress three times per year. We find that when parents are present the children, especially very young ones, tend to keep running to mummy and older children look for approval. This does not make for a happy or disciplined class, and that is why we restrict parental viewing to three occasions per year.

    • * the week before we break up for Easter;
    • * the week before we break up for Summer;
    • * the week before we break up for Christmas. (Term Dates)

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