Spotlight pupils are encouraged to take examinations in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap with ISTD Modern being added to te timetable from September 2019, and although they are not compulsory, they give the student a goal to aim for and a great sense of achievement upon passing. Examinations are a valuable base on which to record successes and progress, they help pupils to grow in confidence and self esteem and aid the students’ development by encouraging teamwork, dedication and creativity.
At the teachers’ and the Principals’ discretion, pupils are invited to enter for Royal Academy of Dance examinations in RAD Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing examinations in Tap and Modern when they are ready.
In Ballet, some pupils may be invited to take the Presentation or Class Award examination, also run by the RAD, rather than the full examination. Examination/ Awards sessions are held most terms.
Where one class per week is taken, a second weekly coaching class must be taken in the examination term, in order to reach the very high standards set by the accrediting bodies of the RAD and ISTD. Private dance lessons are necessary in order to be entered for vocational RAD examinations.