Sixth Form students are accepted for their physical facility and aptitude. These are
the essential qualities necessary to complete an intensive training such as that
required to meet the ever-increasing demands of dance companies. By the end of
this three-year programme, students should have developed the range of techniques,
artistry, self-belief and maturity to accept responsibility for their own progress
within a major dance company and should know an expanded repertoire of classical
and contemporary works.
Sixth Formers study for the National Diploma in Professional Dance, awarded by Trinity College, London. This is a Level 6 qualification, which is recognised on the new Further Education Qualification Framework as the vocational equivalent of an honours degree. It consists of modules that are assessed both internally and externally and moderated externally throughout the three-year course.
The Ofsted (The Office of Standards in Education) inspection report of this course listed the school's key strengths as 'very good and outstanding teaching; highly effective strategic management; high technical standards; high standards of performance in productions; thorough pastoral and academic support; effective staff appraisal'. In addition classes were said to be 'well structured and teaching focuses effectively on each discipline and its particular requirements'.