At our discretion and based on progress and attendance, pupils are invited to enter for Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations in ballet, and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) examinations in tap and modern theatre. Examinations are offered from Primary or Grade 1 and children begin working towards exams from age 7 (start of Primary 3) The period of study required increases with each grade and varies between genres. While not compulsory, we encourage students to enter for exams to mark their achievement and build their confidence. Students who decline an exam invitation will always progress to the next grade with the rest of the class. Students considered not ready to be entered will be assessed on a case by case basis and if it is considered beneficial for their development they will consolidate the grade rather than moving up.