We do not have any formal entry standards – applications and auditions are assessed very much on an individual basis. However, in order to assist parents/teachers in deciding whether to make an application for a child, we have put together the following very rough guideline:
We accept students from Year 6 (age 10) through to the Sixth Form (age 16+). New students can enter the school in all years except Year 11 and Year 13.
Usually in September, but other arrangements can sometimes be made.
Yes. Around a quarter of our students are day students.
Yes. Students can go home most weekends, unless there are rehearsals and/or concerts.
We have approximately 180 students, of whom about 45% are boys and 55% are girls.
Students receive a total of between two and three hours a week instrumental tuition.
Please see our Policy on External Music Lessons.
Yes. Although most students play two or more (one of which may be composition), around one in ten students play one instrument only.
Between three and six hours a day, according to their age.
Composition is counted as an equivalent to an instrumental study at The Purcell School. We currently have 12 first study composers at the school, and 23 students that have one-to-one composition tuition in addition to their first instrument.
Yes. We have a strong and well established Jazz department with first study jazz students playing instruments ranging from jazz piano to jazz bass. Jazz voice is also included.
Yes – as long as the student is able to cope with our demanding programme and the constraints of the layout of our buildings.
Our next Open Mornings are Sunday 14th October 2018 and Saturday 2nd February from 9am to 1pm
The School fees for academic year 2017/18 are £25,707 (day) and £32,826 (boarding). However, see below.
Yes – do not be put off by the School fees! All students accepted into the School are means-tested so parents pay a contribution to their fees according to their financial circumstances.
To be considered for a place at the School, you must first apply for an audition by completing the School’s application form. This can be found in this prospectus and on our website as a downloadable PDF and an active entry form. Applications can be received by post or online.
Auditions are held at the school most Thursdays, and are generally allocated on a first come first served basis.
All applications are to be sent to the Registrar, Ms Karen Eldridge. Her contact details are as follows:
Applications will be considered in the order they are received. In order to avoid disappointment, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the School year. Boarding places in particular have often been filled by the end of March. The closing date for applications for students who meet the eligibility criteria for support under the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme is the last day of The Purcell School Easter holiday. Auditions finish in March for students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for support under the scheme.
Tours of the school are part of the audition process. However, if you would like to come for an informal visit prior to application and are unable to make either of our Open Mornings, please get in touch with the Registrar and we will arrange a time for you to visit us.