Academic and boarding

Students smiling in classroom

The Royal Ballet School gives talented dancers the chance to pursue a career in classical ballet, alongside their academic education.

Students train full-time in classical ballet alongside their regular academic studies. Entry is by audition and hard work and dedication is required to progress through the school.

Our students come from across the UK and all over the world and are therefore required to live in boarding houses. Younger pupils live within the grounds of White Lodge, Richmond Park and Upper School students live either in Covent Garden or at our new boarding house in Pimlico.

Learn more about what it’s like to be a student of The Royal Ballet School.

Life at White Lodge

Academic and boarding

Life at Upper School

Academic and boarding

BA (HONS): CLASSICAL BALLET AND DANCE PERFORMANCE

Validated by The University of Roehampton

The Year 14 (3rd Year) class of 2021 was the second cohort to complete the BA (Hons) degree. There were 20 entries, of which 18 were awarded 1st Class Honours.

FOUNDATION DEGREE: CLASSICAL BALLET AND DANCE PERFORMANCE

Validated by The University of Roehampton

The foundation degree is completed by our Year 13 students. We are delighted to announce that 100% of our 20 candidates achieved a ‘Distinction’.

A LEVEL RESULTS

As outlined above, The Royal Ballet School Upper School students undertake a degree in Classical Ballet and Dance Performance. A small number of students choose to take one A level alongside the degree programme. Numbers of entries are therefore small and so, in any particular year, percentage figures are not statistically significant.

A* A B C D E U
Total 4 8 2 0 0 0 0
% 29 57 14 0 0 0 0
Cumulative % 29 86 100 100 100 100 100

A LEVEL PASS RATE

2021^ 2020^ 2019 2018 2017 2016
Entries 14 6 14 11 12 14
Passes 14 6 14 11 12 14
Pass Rate 100 100 100 100 100 100
%A*-B 100 83 50 45 50 29

GCSE RESULTS

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 U
Total 74 50 56 28 18 6 0 0 0 0
% 32 22 24 12 8 3 0 0 0 0
Cumulative % 32 53 77 89 97 100 100 100 100 100

GCSE PASS RATE

  2021^ 2020^ 2019 2018 2017 2016
Entries 233 178 222 211 211 200
% 9-4 (A*-C pre-2019) 100 100 95 94 96 98

GCSE VALUE ADDED (CEM DATA)*

2021^ 2020^ 2019 2018 2017 2016
Overall Value Added 1.03 0.99 0.88 0.49 0.57 0.47

 *More information on the Value Added measure produced by The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring can be found at www.cem.org. As a rough guide, the recorded number gives a measure of how well the students have done, on average, against what their ability suggested that they might achieve against students of similar ability nationally. For example, a positive result of 0.5 suggests that, overall, the students scored, on average, 0.5 grades higher in each subject than other students of similar ability nationally.

^ Results in 2020 and 2021 were affected by COVID-19. Centre Assessed Grades (2020) and Teacher Assessed Grades (2021) were used instead.

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