Woodbury Dance Studio follows the grade and major examination system of the Royal Academy of Dancing. It also enters students for IDTA medal tests, Classical Awards 1 and 2 and for IDTA’s very different vocational exams.

Only teachers registered with the RAD are able to enter students for RAD exams. These teachers have passed an examination that covers 3 year's study and they continue to keep up to date by attending courses arranged either nationally or regionally. The RAD have now made an association with IDTA which enhances the opportunities to the student.
ARAD is a qualification used only by teachers who have passed their Advanced 2 Examination.

If a student is under 4, they will normally join the "START TO DANCE!" class. This is a weekly half - hour class.

If your child is 4, 5 or 6 years old, she/he will be placed in the Pre-primary class and a 7 year old will usually join the Primary class.
The Pre-primary Presentation Class is normally taken when the child is six years old; it takes the form of a normal ballet class taught by the normal teacher. Primary is the first "proper" exam and it is taken when they are ready!

GRADES 1 to 5
These classes provide a logical progression for students.

These classes are for teenagers and are available both to those who want to train more seriously as well as to those who only want to attend once a week. Adults are welcome to come to these (and to any other class if appropriate!)

If at the age of 10 or 11, your child wishes to train more seriously, they may follow the Major Course of Study. This means at least an additional 2 classes per week on top of their current grade level.
The first course is RAD Intermediate Foundation, and the first of the compulsory exams is Intermediate, either in RAD or IDTA. The next levels are Advanced 1 and Advanced 2.

To prepare for the annual performance, now held in Sidmouth Manor Pavilion, the students attend a “repertoire” class which is in addition to the normal technique class. This means that these performance do not hold up the child’s technical progress.

Child Protection Policy Woodbury Dance Studio
1. It is the policy of the studio to provide efficient, up-to-date, enjoyable and safe
instruction in ballet to all pupils who enrol in the school or join in the classes.
2. The premises are rented from a primary school which is checked regularly for
any defects or faults which might present a hazard to any attending the
3. The cleaning of the premises is cleaned regularly as part of the letting
4. All instruction will be geared to the previous experience and abilities of the
pupils and no person will be required to perform movements beyond their
intrinsic capabilities. Staff will be sensitive to all pupils’ religious beliefs and
5. Woodbury C of E Primary School is in charge of the servicing of the fire
alarms and extinguishers.
6. A book is kept to record injuries to pupils.
7. No young pupil will be allowed to leave the studio premises until collected by
a parent or guardian or other adult authorised to do so. A member of staff will
remain on the premises until all pupils have left. Parents are expected to
collect their child at the end of their class unless they have indicated later
arrival and have requested that their child sits quietly inside the studio until
8. No pupil under the age of 16 will be driven home by a member of staff in his/
her car without the permission of a parent or guardian or in the event of an
9. Normally no member of staff will be alone with a young pupil for any
substantial period of time without the consent of a parent or other authorised
10. Where possible parents should supervise their own children in the changing
area. For performances, changing rooms will be supervised by licensed
chaperones with DBS clearance.
11. No child may be photographed or videoed without the consent of parent or
12. All staff are DBS checked.
13. Only suitably qualified persons will be employed in a teaching capacity while
any student engaged to assist with teaching will only work under the
supervision of a qualified adult.
14. In the event of activities outside the studio premises the instructors will regard
themselves as being in “loco parentis” and, so far as applicable and within
their control, apply the preceding and subsequent guide lines as if the event
were in their own studio.
15. Teachers will avoid any unnecessary physical contact with pupils. However,
parents should understand that some aspects of teaching involve some
contact. Where it is necessary teachers will use the utmost discretion and, in
any event, not do so without another adult in the room.
16. The studio principal will ensure that she and the members of staff are properly
covered against incidents involving public liability and professional negligence
17. The studio principal undertakes not to involve the studio in misleading or false
18. No form of discrimination by religion, colour, the child’s background and so on
will be tolerated in the school.
19. At all times the staff will endeavour to keep the highest standards of
instruction and behaviour. The school principal retains the right to discharge
from the studio any pupil who persistently disrupts the tuition, uses offensive
language or other ant-social behaviour.

This policy will be reviewed to ensure compliance with any changes in legislation or
guidance. These changes will be communicated to parents and carers.

Woodbury Dance Studio
Woodbury, Devon, UK
email: marygriffiths@hotmail.com