The Purcell School is Britain’s oldest music school. Situated on the outskirts of London in Bushey, Hertfordshire, the co-educational boarding and day school is home to around 196 musically talented young people, all of whom are passionate about fulfilling their talent.

Our aim is to provide these young musicians, of remarkable ability and promise from all backgrounds, with the best possible teaching and environment in which to fulfil their potential. We deliver the very highest world-class musical instruction and hold the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of the School’s unique contribution to music, education and international culture.

The School affords ideal opportunities for practising, performing and developing musicianship, while also providing a balanced academic education which helps to prepare our students for life-long careers as musicians. The high quality of teaching and outstanding pastoral support is further complemented by a nurturing environment in which students can form stimulating and mutually supportive relationships with similarly gifted children.


‘Pupils will flourish in the specialised environment of The Purcell School.’

– Vladimir Ashkenazy, Patron