Music is a core and integral part of life at The Purcell School. However, this does not diminish the importance of other academic subjects. Our curriculum allows students to fulfil their musical potential without limiting their choices. Although most of our students are aiming for a career in music and will progress to a conservatoire or university to read music, this path is never taken for granted. In recent years, Sixth Formers have taken up places at top universities to read other subjects such as English, History, modern languages and the sciences.

We recognise that big and sometimes tough decisions have to be taken during the course of a student’s school career. Students at The Purcell School are characteristically motivated both musically and academically. The key to the success of our curriculum is balance. Depending on a student’s age and instrumental commitments, between 25% and 50% of curricular time is spent on musical activities.