The mission of The Purcell School is to provide young musicians of great potential with an environment in which they can flourish musically, academically and emotionally, irrespective of background or financial means.

The vast majority of our students do not pay full fees, and some pay nothing at all. This is made possible for UK residents by the Government’s Music & Dance Scheme (MDS), and for international students through the School’s own Bursary Fund, both of which are means-tested.

A summary of fees, as well as information relating to both the MDS Scheme and the School’s Bursary Fund, can be found below.

We ask that if you have any concerns or questions about fees, not to let it hinder an application but to contact the Admissions Team on to discuss the matter in more detail.

Summary of Fees

The fees for the academic year 2022/23 are:

Annual Termly
Boarding £34,527 £11,509
Day £27,042 £9,014

As mentioned previously, there are two principle ways in which the School enables financial assistance with fees. They are as follows:

Music and Dance Scheme – UK Residents

Approximately 80% of students at The Purcell School receive up to full funding through the Department for Education’s (DfE) Music and Dance Scheme (MDS). This is a means-tested government bursary which, in order to be eligible for the Scheme in September 2023, the student in question must have been resident in the UK from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2022.

The table below gives an indication of approximately how much parents will be asked to pay but, as a guide, if your parents earn less than £15,000 a year they will pay nothing towards your School fees. If, however, your parents earn over £200,000 a year then they will be asked to pay full fees. Those in between contribute on a sliding scale.

Approximate fee contributions for MDS students:

Gross Family Income/Annum Annual Contribution to be made by Parent
Day Boarding
£10,000 £0 £0
£15,000 £0 £93
£20,000 £333 £567
£25,000 £888 £1,152
£30,000 £1,443 £1,809
£35,000 £1,998 £2,475
£40,000 £2,553 £3,279
£45,000 £3,108 £4,086
£50,000 £3,678 £4,938
£55,000 £4,284 £5,892
£60,000 £5,028 £6,846
£70,000 £6,558 £8,766
£80,000 £8,166 £10,776
£100,000 £11,338 £14,964
£120,000 £14,607 £19,185
£150,000 £19,437 £25,515
£185,000 £25,071 £32,901
£190,000 £25,878 £33,954
£195,000 £26,682 £34,527 (full fees)
£200,000 £27,042 (full fees) £34,527 (full fees)


School Bursary Fund – International Students/Non MDS Eligible Students

Students who are not eligible for the Music and Dance Scheme (international students who have not been resident in the UK from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2022), can apply for financial assistance from the School’s own Bursary Fund. Please note that this is separate to the MDS Scheme and that the figures outlined in the table above do not apply to the School’s Bursary Fund. If you would like to enquire about this Fund, please contact our Admissions Team on to discuss in more detail.