Students live in a friendly and caring community which is committed to their safety and welfare. Students receive outstanding Health & Well-being support specifically designed for dancers.
We are proud to be a world class centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers where graduating students are prepared to secure contracts with national and international ballet companies. Teachers come from successful professional dance backgrounds and teach with passion and commitment.
A student-focussed learning experience maximises each studentís potential in learning, living and dancing skills. The positive learning environment and high expectations prepare our graduates for life in the very best national and international ballet companies.
Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of ballet dancers. Students are equipped with the skills, resilience and creativity to succeed and make a difference in the professional dance world and beyond.

Music and Dance Scheme

Mission statement
‘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

School policy
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.

Financial support
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
£ £
10,000 0
20,000 630
30,000 1,803
40,000 3,258
50,000 4,935
60,000 6,735
70,000 8,604
80,000 10,548
90,000 12,546
100,000 14,547
120,000 18,546
140,000 22,548

In addition to the above, the DfE will contribute towards the following:
BUPA membership
Music lessons for one instrument
Ballet uniform
Public exam fees and field trips
Syllabus classes where applicable
Uniform and travel allowances for some lower income families

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