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Question. May I pay on a weekly basis,
or do I have to pay per term?
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
Why do I have to give a full terms notice in writing if
I want to leave?
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
I already attend another school for some classes, may I join
the Bristol School of
.........Dancing for lessons?
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.
If I cannot make my usual lesson, may I make it up in another
branch or in
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
My child has been in the same class for over a year, when will he/she
........ their examination?
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
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.
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.
Do you do school shows?
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.
May I watch lessons?
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
WATCHING CLASSES - PARENTS VIEWING WEEKS:
the week before we break up for Easter;
the week before we break up for Summer;
the week before we break up for Christmas.
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