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Music provision is, of course, superb. The musical day begins at 7.20am with pre-breakfast morning practice and continues, interspersed through the day, until bedtime. Practice supervisors support the under-13s. Choir compulsory for all ...

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This is Britain's oldest specialist school for promising young musicians, founded in the belief that special talent needs the support of a school where music is in the centre rather than at the edges. 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. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Technology at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Music Technology at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Technology at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since January 2016, Stephen Yeo BMus LTCL NPQH (50s), previously head of Exeter Cathedral School. A chorister at The Cathedral School, Llandaff prior to music scholarship at King’s College, Taunton. Studied music at Sheffield, then at Trinity College, London. Unusual career path took him first to top-notch senior schools in Ireland. Later became head of music and creative arts at selective King Edward VI, Handsworth, followed by three years at Bedales as director of studies. Joined Exeter Cathedral School after five years as head of Lyndhurst School in Camberley, Surrey. Married to Catherine, a languages graduate, registered nurse and midwife; they have four grown up sons. They both enjoy walking and cycling in Ireland and Wales, where they have a home.

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Academic results variable. In 2016, 26 per cent of A level results A*/A...

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