LRBS takes the academic education of its students very seriously because it wants its students to be educated artists with a broad cultural base. Furthermore, a young person should be well prepared for life in an increasingly competitive world and as many choices as possible must be available to each student in the future, which may not be the case without academic qualifications. Academic work is therefore compulsory at LRBS.
The school applies its method of Russian ballet training to education: not just to encourage young people but to draw out their talents, especially where they may not even know they have them. LRBS’s teachers have found that when a student discovers a previously hidden talent for academics it may have a positive impact on their ballet, and in turn that the confidence that they derive from ballet can be converted into confidence in the classroom. LRBS’s students are expected to think, whether they are in the studio or the classroom.
The success of this may be seen in one student who was previously failing at school and who now attends University College London with a first class degree in their part one exams. Another now has the choice of a Russell Group University or a career on the stage. The academic year of 2016 produced only A and B grades at A Level, and only A*s, As and Bs at GCSE.
LRBS’s academic staff has been joined by Marina Shtager, internationally established art consultant, curator, and gallerist, who now teaches History of Ballet to all our vocational students.
“Last year I received A grade A-Level results, something I would not have been able to accomplish in a full-time comprehensive school while balancing ballet classes”
Marianne, LRBS graduating student
A Levels and GCSEs
The following subjects are currently offered at A level: English Language, English Literature, Russian (including Ab Initio), French, German, Spanish, Maths, Biology, Physics, History, RS, Philosophy, and Art.
Each student must take a minimum of two A level subjects, but most sit three. Lessons take place in small tutorial groups which offer the student opportunity for personal engagement and study at a very high level.
GCSE courses are also available for a very limited number of students.
“I cannot imagine achieving as much in any other school. Being a scholarship student, I would not be able to receive this kind of education elsewhere or perform in so many theatres such as Sadler’s Wells”
Cassandra, LRBS student
LRBS students manage their commitments to their academic studies alongside their ballet training. This is challenging but rewarding for each individual. The pupils understand the ethos of academic study endorsed by the school as an important and powerful means of personal enrichment.
The tutors of the school are exceptional and experienced individuals with whom LRBS are proud and fortunate to work. They provide insight and encouragement to the student to reach their potential, often in extraordinary and unexpected ways. It is never too late to learn.
LRBS also provides its students with a programme of lectures on a wide range of topics to encourage awareness and knowledge on important moral and contemporary topics, ranging from AI to three parent families. Theatre and museum visits are worked into the academic programme of every student.
Parents are invited to meet the teachers, both academic and ballet. Parents’ evenings are organised once or twice a year. All our vocational students manage their academic studies with their ballet education precisely because their ballet is so important to them. We insist that they take all aspects of their lives seriously. Both student and parents are involved in the progress of students’ tuition. If there are concerns, both student and parents are informed and the areas of concern discussed. The course is hard work for all the students, but we have found that because they love what they do the students are very happy.
“One of the most important aspects of the London Russian Ballet School is the personal attention and tuition”
Dominic, LRBS graduating student
At the end of the vocational ballet course, students receive A-level certificates in their chosen subjects as well as their ballet diploma, and full assistance with either audition preparation or UCAS applications. The school is experienced in preparing students for GCSE and A-level examinations, and there is an experienced UCAS adviser who can meet with students and their parents.
LRBS graduates have a great deal of choice at the end of the three-year sixth form programme.