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

Bursaries are available for those students who meet the eligibility criteria under the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme. The scheme is means-tested, and 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


Please be aware that special rules apply to European Union students over the age of 16 and UK citizens living abroad.

School Bursaries

Students who are not eligible for the MDS 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 Bursar, either when visiting the school for auditions or over the telephone, so that a broad indication of their likely contribution to fees can be provided. Bursary staff are always available at Open Mornings to give additional information or advice.

Enquiries should be directed to the School Bursar, Mr Adam Wroblewski, on and 01923 331127, or the Finance Office on and 01923 331106.


The fees for the academic year 2019/20 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 up to three hours of instrumental tuition each week. Boarding fees include accommodation, all meals and laundry costs.