The Purcell School is committed to providing the best education available to talented musicians, regardless of financial means.  We are able to do this with the support of the Government and a selection of trusts and private sponsors.

The School offers financial assistance with fees in the following ways:

Music and Dance Scheme

Means-tested bursaries are available via the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme. In order to be eligible for the Scheme in September 2021, the student must have been resident in the UK from 1st January 2019 to 31 December 2020. The table below gives an indication of approximately how much parents will be asked to pay.


Gross Family Income/Annum Annual Contribution to be made by Parent
Day Boarding
£190,000 £24,093 £32,184
£185,000 £23,343 £31,185
£80,000 £7,593 £10,191
£50,000 £3,378 £4,662
£30,000 £1,350 £1,683
£10,000 £0 £0


School Bursaries

Students who are not eligible for the Music and Dance Scheme may apply for assistance from the School’s Bursary fund. Funding is based on need and parents are required to declare their financial circumstances for consideration by the School’s Bursary Committee.

Parents of prospective students are welcome to discuss their individual circumstances with the School. Enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the Finance Manager on and 01923 331106.

Please note that the above table does NOT apply to our School Bursaries.


The fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

Annual Termly
Boarding £34,152 £11,384
Day £26,748 £8,916


Fees are payable in advance at the beginning of each term. The School fee covers the full cost of tuition, including instrumental lessons as allocated by the School. Boarding fees include accommodation, all meals and laundry costs.