Media release: 18 August 2011
ELMHURST SHOOL FOR DANCE ANNOUNCES AS/A2 RESULTS
Elmhurst School for Dance, based inBirmingham and an associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is delighted to announce its AS/A2 results.
Once again Elmhurst School for Dance students have excelled themselves at their academic studies and students in year 13 achieved 100% pass rate at A2 level with 73% of students gaining grade C and above. This represents an 8% increase on last year’s excellent A2 results.
Students in year 12 achieved 95% pass rate at AS level with 69% gaining grade C and above and 54% gaining grade B and above.
Jessica Ward, Principal said: I am delighted to celebrate our students’ A’ level success. Alongside their rigorous dance training of up to some 25 hours per week 73% of students have secured A*-C grades. This will open many doors for them going forwards into their dance careers with a strong academic grounding.
Diane Moreton, Director of Studies said: These results bode very well for the future and represent a considerable improvement on last year’s excellent AS results. The students are to be congratulated for their hard work and commitment.
Elmhurst and Birmingham Royal Ballet – Birmingham Royal Ballet (formerly Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet) relocated to Birmingham in 1990 under the leadership of Sir Peter Wright, and quickly established itself in the Midlands as one of the truly great, international ballet companies. Performances are staged at Birmingham Hippodrome and, with its famed Symphony Hall and orchestra, Birmingham has become a cultural centre of major importance not only in the UK but around the world. The city was shortlisted for the coveted title of European Capital of Culture in 2008.
In March 2002 Elmhurst became an Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet and the company’s DirectorDavid Bintley CBE became the school’s Artistic Advisor. This ground-breaking association benefits all the students. There are opportunities to join company class and see what a professional dancer’s life is all about. Many students have the opportunity to perform with the company.
By linking the school to a major ballet company in this way, Elmhurst is able to offer pupils vocational training and potential career prospects on a par with any in the world. By the end of the three-year sixth form course, students should have developed the range of techniques, artistry, self-belief and maturity required to accept responsibility for their own progress within a major dance company.