Exams

ISTD Dance Examinations:

‘The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession, either as a performer or dance teacher, and for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. From Ballet to Ballroom, they have 12 dance faculties covering Theatre, Dancesport and Social Dance.
Since 1904 they have provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling teachers to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and spread the joy of dance.

(Source ISTD)

istd-logoAt Louise Benson School of Dance our pupils have the opportunity to take ISTD examinations once they can display the correct discipline and ability required for the grade. Examinations are not compulsory but they are beneficial, gradually building strength, ability and confidence.

As a guide it takes approximately 18 months to 2 years (in higher grades) to move from one grade to the next. It is very important that attendance is consistent when preparing for an exam, pupils will be offered extra classes in the weeks leading up to their exams to help each them achieve their full potential.

Pupils are assessed externally by visiting examiners recruited and trained by the ISTD. They receive a report and successful candidates are awarded a certificate and progress to the next grade.

All ISTD examination results are monitored by the ISTD/QCA and all teachers must maintain the recognised pass rate to remain eligible to enter candidates in the future. Our teachers regularly attend training courses to update on new syllabi and exam requirements.

We are aware that for various reasons some pupils are unable to take examinations and these pupils are moved up to the next grade when appropriate.

The marking system for ISTD dance examinations are as follows:

  • Distinction: 80-100 marks, reflects a high to extremely high standard of acheivement overall
  • Merit: 60-79 marks, reflects a good to very good standard of acheivement overall
  • Pass: 40-59 marks, reflects a satisfactory to fairly good standard of acheivement overall
  • Not attained: 0-39 marks, indicates that there is insufficent level of acheivement

LCM Musical Theatre Examinations: 

‘The London College of Music Examinations syllabus is designed to prepare students for the graded examinations in Music Theatre awarded by University of West London Qualifications.
It provides a structured approach that enables students to progressively master the understanding, knowledge and skills necessary for effective communication and performance; fosters learning through vocal and dramatic performance techniques; and encourages a love of the literary and musical aspects of the genre. Candidates may choose their own performance repertoire for the examinations, and are encouraged to explore the full range and extent of possibilities, so that they may have the opportunity to perform material which is as appropriate as possible to their own particular performance skills and interests. Examinations are conducted by trained external examiners and are held at approved centres in the UK and overseas’.
(Source LCM)
The marking system for LCM Music Theatre examinations are as follows:
  • Distinction (85-100%)A candidate who achieves a Pass with Distinction will have offered a highly accurate and fluent response in all or most of the components. They will have demonstrated the ability to perform accurately from memory, with audibility, good projection and secure vocal technique, and will have shown evidence of an excellent sense of characterisation and interpretative skill.
  • Merit (75-84%) A candidate who achieves a Pass with Merit will have offered an accurate and fluent response in all or most of the components. They will have demonstrated the ability to perform accurately from memory, with audibility, good projection and secure vocal technique, and will have shown evidence of a good sense of characterisation and
    interpretative skill.
  • Pass (65-74%) A candidate who achieves a Pass will have offered a mostly accurate and fluent response in all or most of the components. They will have demonstrated the ability to perform from memory with reasonable accuracy, with an acceptable level of audibility, projection and reasonable vocal technique, and will have shown some evidence of characterisation and interpretative skill.


2017

July 2017 - LCM Musical Theatre Singing Examinations Grade 1
Grace Grinham DistinctionKitty Ellis DistinctionEmma Wilson Pass
July 2017 - LCM Musical Theatre Singing Examinations Step 1
Betsy Ellis Distinction
July 2017 - Pre-Primary Ballet Class Exam
Betsy Ellis MeritIsabel Read MeritMillie Palmer DistinctionImelda Beanj MeritHoney Baldock Merit
July 2017 - Primary Ballet Exam
Chloe Shield MeritLucy Whelan DistinctionSophia Rose Falero DistinctionRuby Barrow Distinction
July 2017 - Grade 1 Ballet Exam
Lottie Howells DistinctionKitty Jolanda Ellis DistinctionLily Mae Lavagna DistinctionIsabella Brewer MeritOlivia Mark DistinctionElla Whelan Merit
July 2017 - Grade 2 Ballet
Amelia Philips DistinctionLily Boorer DistinctionIsabel Donnelly DistinctionShannon Oakley DistinctionTasha Angelina Blankson Distinction
July 2017 - Grade 3 Ballet
Layla Edwards MeritIsabella Hunnisett MeritAmy Gregory Merit
March 2017 - Pre-Primary Tap Class Exam
Millie Palmer DistinctionBetsy Ellis DistinctionHoney Baldock DistinctionIsabel Read Distinction
March 2017 - Primary Tap Class Exam
Bella Perdoni DistinctionSezan Ali DistinctionLucy Whelan DistinctionEva Connolly DistinctionChloe Shield DistinctionSophia Falero DistinctionRuby Barrow DistinctionFrancesca Mclean Distinction
March 2017 - Grade 1 Tap
Lottie Howells DistinctionCharlotte Cook DistinctionIsabella Brewer MeritLily Lavagna DistinctionNiamh Cleary MeritOlivia Mark DistinctionElla Whelan MeritGrace Grinham DistinctionKitty Ellis Merit
March 2017 - Grade 2 Tap
Isabel Donnelly DistinctionEmilia Beveridge DistinctionShannon Oakley DistinctionTasha Blankson DistinctionAmelia Philips DistinctionLily Boorer Distinction
March 2017 - Grade 3 Tap
Kate Gauntlett DistinctionAmy Gregory MeritLayla Edwards DistinctionInes Plomion Distinction
March 2017 - Grade 1 Modern
Bella Perdoni DistinctionSezan Ali DistinctionHolly Dixon Merit
March 2017 - Grade 2 Modern
Olivia Mark DistinctionKitty Ellis DistinctionGrace Grinham MeritLottie Howells DistinctionScarlett Benbow DistinctionNiamh Cleary Merit
March 2017 - Grade 3 Modern
Kate Gauntlett MeritEmilia Beveridge DistinctionIsabella Hunnisett DistinctionEsha Karunaratne MeritIsabel Donnelly DistinctionLayla Edwards DistinctionAmy Gregory Distinction

2016

July 2016 - Primary Ballet Class Exam
Bella Perdoni DistinctionSezan Ali DistinctionFrancesca Mclean DistinctionEva Connolly MeritVeronica Canevaro MeritHolly Dixon MeritRuby Barrow DistinctionChloe Shield MeritLyla Bristow Merit
July 2016 - Standard 1 Ballet Class Exam
Lottie Howells DistinctionCharlotte Cook MeritOlivia Mark DistinctionAmelia Barrow MeritLily Lavagna DistinctionIsabella Brewer MeritNiamh Cleary Merit
July 2016 - Standard 2 Ballet Class Exam
Lily Boorer DistinctionAmelia Philips MeritShannon Oakley DistinctionTasha Blankson DistinctionRhianna Cork Merit
July 2016 - Standard 3 Ballet Class Exam
Amy Gregory DistinctionIsabella Hunnisett MeritLayla Edwards DistinctionKate Gauntlett Merit

2015

July 2015 - Pre-Primary Tap Class Exam
Eva Connolly DistinctionSezan Ali DistinctionBella Perdoni DistinctionHolly Dixon DistinctionLucy Whelan DistinctionTeela Wall DistinctionSophia Falero Distinction
July 2015 - Primary Tap Class Exam
Niamh Cleary DistinctionIsabella Brewer DistinctionLily Lavagna DistinctionKitty Ellis DistinctionLottie Howells DistinctionCharlotte Cook DistinctionAmelia Barrow DistinctionOlivia Mark Distinction
July 2015 - Grade 1 Tap
Amelia Philips DistinctionLily Boorer DistinctionConnie Wakeford DistinctionLark Macpherson DistinctionTasha Blankson DistinctionShannon Oakley DistinctionOlivia Tarrent DistinctionIsabel Donnnolly DistinctionRhianna Cork Distinction
July 2015 - Grade 2 Tap
Kate Gauntlett DistinctionAmy Gregory Distinction
July 2015 - Primary Modern Class Exam
Bella Perdoni DistinctionTallulah Castanha DistinctionSophia Theodokis Distinction
July 2015 - Grade 1 Modern
Kitty Ellis Distinction
July 2015 - Grade 2 Modern
Kate Gauntlett DistinctionAmy Gregory DistinctionIsabella Hunnisett DistinctionIsabel Donnelly DistinctionIness Plomion DistinctionEmilia Beveridge Distinction
March 2015 - Pre-Primary Ballet Class Exam
Eva Connolly MeritSezan Ali DistinctionBella Perdoni DistinctionHolly Dixon DistinctionLucy Whelan MeritTeela Wall Distinction
March 2015 - Primary Ballet Class Exam
Niamh Cleary MeritIsabella Brewer DistinctionKitty Ellis MeritLottie Howells MeritCharlotte Cook MeritAmelia Barrow MeritScarlet Hopper MeritLily Lavagna Distinction
March 2015 - Standard 1 Ballet Class Exam
Amelia Philips DistinctionLily Boorer MeritConnie Wakeford MeritLark Macpherson MeritTasha Blankson MeritShannon Oakley DistinctionOlivia Tarrent MeritIsabel Donnnolly DistinctionRhianna Cork Merit
March 2015 - Standard 2 Ballet Class Exam
Kate Gauntlett MeritAmy Gregory MeritIsabella Hunnisett Distinction

2013

December 2013 - Pre-Primary Tap Class Exam
Lily Lavagna DistinctionMadeline James DistinctionNiamh Cleary DistinctionAmelia Barrow DistinctionCharlotte Cook DistinctionLottie Howells DistinctionIsabella Brewer Distinction
December 2013 - Primary Tap Class Exam
Amelia Philips DistinctionLily Boorer DistinctionConnie Wakeford DistinctionLark Macpherson DistinctionOlivia Tarrent DistinctionIsabel Donnelly DistinctionRhianna Cork Distinction
December 2013 - Grade 1 Tap
Amy Gregory DistinctionKate Gauntlett DistinctionStephanie Dickens Distinction
December 2013 - Grade 1 Modern
Amy Gregory DistinctionKate Gauntlett DistinctionEmilia Beveridge Distinction
March 2013 - Pre-Primary Ballet Class exam
Lily Lavagna DistinctionMadeline James DistinctionNiamh Cleary MeritAmelia Barrow MeritCharlotte Cook DistinctionLottie Howells DistinctionIsabella Brewer Merit
March 2013 - Primary Ballet Class Exam
Amelia Philips DistinctionLily Boorer DistinctionConnie Wakeford MeritLark Macpherson MeritChristina Leonti DistinctionOlivia Tarrent DistinctionIsabel Donnelly DistinctionRhianna Cork Distinction
March 2013 - Standard 1 Ballet Class Exam
Isabella Hunnisett DistinctionStephanie Dickens DistinctionCassie Dale DistinctionAmy Gregory DistinctionKate Gauntlett Merit
March 2013 - Grade 3 Ballet
Emily Dodd Merit

2011

July 2011 - Pre-Primary Ballet Class Exam
Isabella Arenas DistinctionFelicity Lipinski DistinctionRhianna Cork DistinctionIsabella Richardson DistinctionAmelia Philips DistinctionIsabel Donnelly DistinctionLark Macpherson DistinctionConnie Wakeford Distinction
July 2011 - Primary Ballet class exam
Stephanie Dickens MeritHannah Donald DistinctionJodie Graham MeritKate Gauntlett Merit
July 2011 - Standard 2 Ballet class exam
Emily Dodd Distinction