‘The aim of the scheme is to help identify and assist children with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education, which will enable them, if they choose, to proceed towards self-sustaining careers in music and dance.’ Statement agreed by the MDS Ministerial Advisory Group, 5 March 2001
At Elmhurst, the MDS focuses on classical ballet training in the Lower School (Years 7 – 11) with continuity of means-tested support for the most talented children entering Year 7. Under present arrangements, these Aided Places are allocated to the most gifted and eligible children aged 11 years on entry to the school each September. Subject to successful artistic appraisal in Year 9, MDS funding continues until the completion of Year 11.
MDS pupils in Year 11 who successfully audition for Sixth Form entry may continue to receive Government funding through the award of a Dance and Drama Award.
Occasionally, Aided Places become available as the result of the withdrawal of award-holders from the Lower School. In this event, in order to identify the most deserving recipients, non-supported pupils from all Lower School year groups are artistically assessed alongside external candidates who have successfully auditioned for entry to the school.
The Music & Dance Scheme is a means-tested scheme open to children who satisfy the age and UK residence qualifications. The level of funding provided is dependent on the gross parental income in the household where the child normally resides, with an allowance given for other dependent children in the household. As these notes are meant for general guidance only, it is not appropriate to go into the specific details of the scheme, but should any parent wish to discuss individual circumstances, please contact the Bursar’s office. Set out below are some illustrative examples of the level of contribution parents would be asked to pay for one boarding pupil in the academic year 2013/14. Allow a deduction of £1,990 from total gross income for each additional dependent child.
|Gross income in the tax year 2012/13||Parental annual contribution|
In addition to the above, the DfE will contribute towards the
Music lessons for one instrument
Public exam fees and field trips
Syllabus classes where applicable
Uniform and travel allowances for some lower income families