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Collaboration. Expression. Performance.

The Hammond is a performing arts boarding school based in Chester. Recognised as a national centre of excellence for Dance training, and a member of the Music and Dance Scheme (MDS), providing funded places for talented dancers aged eleven to sixteen.

In recent years we have further expanded our provision for Acting and Music training. We developed our Theatre Arts courses to support aspiring young actors, musicians, and performers in reaching their full potential as creative and performing artists. Our Dance and Theatre Arts courses are fun, challenging, and rigorous and students in Years 7-11 can expect to receive upwards of 16 hours of vocational training per week with classes running alongside our outstanding academic curriculum.

We also offer Level 6 Professional Trinity Diploma (Dance or Musical Theatre) courses, a Theatre Arts Advanced course for Sixth Form aged students, and a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre Performance.

The Hammond offers academic excellence, first-rate vocational training, as well as guidance and support to ensure all pupils and students develop into responsible, caring and thoughtful members of the community. We are humbled every day at the way our young people thrive both vocationally and academically.
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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

Performing arts specialist school

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The Hammond School aims to meet the needs of all of our students and we positively follow the legislation set out in the Equality Act 2010 and have regard and consideration for the guidance given in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015.  We focus on inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning through providing a supportive environment, with small class sizes and a favourable student teacher ratio. We believe that our high-quality teaching, which is differentiated and personalised, will meet the individual needs of the majority of our children and young people.  

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