Welcome to the website of The Purcell School for Young Musicians, the oldest specialist Music School in the UK. I hope you will enjoy browsing.
The Purcell School is an independent co-educational specialist music school of around 180 pupils aged from 9 to 18. It is the oldest specialist music school in the UK, having been founded as the Central Tutorial School for Young Musicians in 1962. It moved to its current site in Bushey, on the outskirts of London, in 1997.
The School‘s pupils are funded largely by the Government's Music and Dance Scheme, along with the School’s own scholarship funds. It has a consistent success in national and international competitions and has an extensive programme of outreach and community work. The majority of pupils progress to music conservatoires although a small number each year elect to go to University to study both music and non-musical subjects.
The aim of everyone at The Purcell School is to provide a dynamic, exciting and supportive environment in which young musicians can flourish. We have outstanding facilities, an enviable academic record, some of the best instrumental teachers available, a wide range of high quality ensembles, excellent pastoral care, and close links with the music profession. Being on the edge of London, we can take advantage of all that the city has to offer, but enjoy a semi-rural environment.
However, the best aspect of The Purcell is the opportunity to share every day with other similarly talented young musicians from all over the world, who are united by their common love of music. This both stimulates and supports every student in their studies.
Not every Purcell student joins the music profession, but the majority do. And we are very proud of our former students who have enjoyed national or international success, including Nicholas Daniel, the first winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and the 2010 and 2014 winners, Lara Melda and Martin James Bartlett.
An education at The Purcell is available to everyone. Being both a boarding and a day school, we have pupils who live in Hertfordshire and North London, and others who come from as far as Eastern Europe and Asia. If you wish, you can board during the week and go home for weekends, or you can stay throughout the term - all the school's facilities are available for those living in, and many senior students go to the Junior Academy or College in London on Saturdays.
Most importantly, pupils at The Purcell School from the UK or EU are able to apply to the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme for generous scholarships, in many cases covering the whole cost, so that a lack of money should not be a barrier to a place at The Purcell. Please see the Admissions section of this website for more information about the scheme.
This website provides an introduction to what The Purcell School has to offer. But to find out whether it is the right school for you, visit this page.
Then, if you think that you would be interested in joining The Purcell School, please do come and see us. We have open mornings, but if you can’t manage these, then other times can always be arranged. I look forward to welcoming you.
James Harding, MA Hons (Glasgow), PGCE