ExaminationsAt Sandford School of Dance, pupils are regularly entered for Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) examinations, which are two of the world’s leading dance examination boards.

Exams that pupils can be entered for

  • RAD Ballet Grades & Vocational Graded Examinations
  • ISTD Modern Grades & Vocational Graded Examinations
  • ISTD Tap Grades and Vocational Graded Examinations
  • ISTD Tap Awards

Upon success, pupils are rewarded with a report, certificate and for some examinations a medal, which all adds to the sense of achievement.

UCAS Tariff Points

RAD and ISTD Examinations can count towards UCAS Tariff points on certain University courses. Please follow the links below for more information.


We are proud of our outstanding record across all Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in Ballet, Modern, Tap & Jazz.

Class Assessments

Sandford School of Dance Class Assessments are available for pupils who do not wish to take an RAD or ISTD examination. Pupils are awarded a Sandford School of Dance certificate and can then progress to the next grade.