Outreach at The Purcell School is an important part of the work of the Music department.

Outreach enriches the School’s collective life and brings students into contact with the wider world beyond School. It enables our students to develop performance and communication skills and to learn how to set up, organise and deliver events.

Outreach can take many forms, from student-led musical activities with local young people, to the School opening its doors to other young people when world-class musicians give masterclasses at the School.

Over recent years the School has engaged in a range of educational projects.


The Impulse programme sees Purcell students directly interacting with young people from other Schools. It focuses on training Purcell students to deliver music education workshops, and allows them to lead musical activities for young people in local schools and in partnership with the Norfolk Music Hub. Impulse has received a number of national awards and commendations from distinguished organizations, including the Royal Society of Art, the Diana Award and Music Manifesto.

Our Impulse group can (subject to availability) support events such as:

  • Performing in school assembly
  • Running creative music workshops with a whole class of children
  • Performing in a local community events

Please contact Alison Cox on a.cox@purcell-school.org to discuss any of the options above.


The Community Festival sees Purcell students in Year 11, led by the School’s Head of Composition Ms Alison Cox, working together with students from two local secondary schools – Bushey Meads and Bushey Academy. Purcell students are paired with visiting students to form duos and work together to compose and arrange a piece of music which will be performed at the Community concert that takes place at the end of the project. The concert is entirely student-led and is delivered to parents and teachers of all participating schools.


This is a project where talented first-study composers and singers from The Purcell School collaborate with young people from schools in Kent and the Bermondsey Harris Academy to write and perform their own songs.