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Inspection Report

‘The standards of musicianship achieved by the pupils are outstanding

Welcome to The Purcell School

The Purcell School is a boarding and day school for young musicians aged 10 to 18, and Britain’s oldest music school. Based on the outskirts of London, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, the School provides a rounded education with music at its heart to approximately 190 talented young players, singers and composers.

Entry to the School is based upon musical ability and potential, not upon background or ability to pay, thanks to the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme and the School’s own Bursaries.

Students share a common bond in their passion for music, and the School’s community is one of rich creativity and mutual support. Students of The Purcell School regularly win scholarships to the best music colleges in the UK and abroad, and enjoy frequent success in competitions across the globe.

Music Departments

A Programme of Musical Excellence

School Life

A Home from Home


An Inspiring Academic Programme

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‘The excellent outcomes in pupil’s personal development are due to the strong commitment of senior leaders, school governors and staff to providing high levels of pastoral support . . . supported by the leadership having created a culture of openness, integration and acceptance’.

Independent Schools Inspectorate, May 2022

‘I am blown away by the commitment, skill and infectious energy of the remarkable young musicians at The Purcell School.’

Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE, President Patron

‘Pupils attitudes to learning are exemplary’ and ‘the standards of musicianship achieved by the pupils are outstanding.’

Independent Schools Inspectorate, May 2022

‘The School’s supportive family atmosphere allows pupils to immerse themselves in their musical studies alongside other talented young musicians, and to get closer to the heart of their music.’

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Patron

Contact Us

The Purcell School
Aldenham Road
Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2TS