‘The School has developed from very modest beginnings into a sizeable school, which is justifiably proud of its place in the provision of specialist education for some of our most talented musical children.’ HRH The Prince of Wales, Royal Patron

A Brief Background

Rosemary Rapaport and Irene Forster founded the School in 1962 at Conway Hall in central London under the original name of the Central Tutorial School for Young Musicians. The School later moved to Morley College, then to Hampstead, and on to a large Victorian house in Harrow on the Hill. As it continued to grow and develop, the School changed its name in 1973 to The Purcell School, after the English composer Henry Purcell, and in 1997 relocated to the site of the former Royal Caledonian School campus in Bushey, Hertfordshire. The School has been in Bushey ever since and, over 50 years later, is considered a national treasure. It offers an exceptional music education, in a creative and nurturing environment, for students from around the country and all over the world.