The Purcell School
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 2TS
Purcell School is Britain's oldest specialist school for promising young musicians. Pupils are able to focus on their musical studies alongside an academic programme of GCSEs and A-levels. Most pupils go on to Music College in the UK or overseas, but a small number take up places at university to study a range of subjects.
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.
With approximately 79% of students boarding, the School feels like a home from home and boarders lead very full lives. As travel time is reduced there is more time to practise, to ensure academic work is completed to a high standard, to be involved in a breadth of musical and co-curricular activities, and to build life long friendships. Boarding also prepares students for the independence they will have in further education.
To be considered for a place at The Purcell School, you must first apply. Applications are considered as they come in, and there are many advantages in applying early in the process. Candidates are assessed in relation to their age and potential at time of audition, so there is no advantage in waiting to audition later in the year.
All candidates must complete the School’s application form. This is available as a downloadable PDF or as an interactive PDF. Applications can be received by post or email.
Guildhall School of Music & Drama – 12 [3 scholarships]
Royal Academy of Music – 9 [6 scholarships]
Royal College of Music – 6 [4 scholarships]
Birmingham Conservatoire – 5 [4 scholarships]
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – 2 [2 scholarships]
Trinity Laban – 1
Royal Northern College of Music – 1 [with scholarship]
King’s College, London (German and Music) – 1
Durham University (Music) – 1
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