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Pupils’ days begin bright and early with pre-breakfast practice, and continue with instrumental tuition and rehearsals interspersed throughout the day, with supervised practice for the younger pupils. Blessed with music rooms containing two grand pianos apiece and genuinely inspirational music teachers, most of whom also have professorships or senior teaching posts at top music academies and colleges. Never have we been so reassured by the sight of a boot rack laden with well-worn football boots. Despite the all-pervading musical focus...

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What the school says...

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.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since January 2016, Stephen Yeo BMus LTCL NPQH (50s). Educated at The Cathedral School Llandaff where he was a chorister before taking up a music scholarship at King’s College, Taunton. Read music at Sheffield then Trinity College, London. Began teaching career in top secondaries in Ireland, then became head of music and creative arts at King Edward VI School, Handsworth, followed by three years at Bedales as director of studies, then moving to Lyndhurst School in Camberley as head, where he spent five years, then Exeter Cathedral School, before joining The Purcell.

Understated and unassuming, arrived at a school he says was ‘working well’, albeit currently without a director of music, a role controversially made redundant in 2013 but one he is ‘not averse’ to recruiting for in the future. Sees...

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