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The Purcell School: Mission Statement

The Purcell School exists to provide young musicians of exceptional promise and talent with the best possible teaching and environment in which to fulfil their potential, irrespective of their background.

We believe it is essential for all our young musicians to:

  • develop an appreciation of personal integrity and a spiritual dimension to life
  • benefit from stimulating association with similarly gifted children, and opportunities for practising, performing and developing musicianship in a supportive context
  • grow in self-confidence, accept their responsibility to the world community whatever career they follow, and develop an appreciation of the obligation to reach out and share their talent with others
  • achieve levels of musical and academic achievement, personal security, adaptability and satisfaction that will sustain them throughout their lives

We are proud of our consistent success in national and international competitions. We have an extensive programme of outreach and community work. Our orchestras, ensembles and instrumentalists give concerts throughout London, the UK and abroad.

How to apply

Entry to the school is by audition, interview, short academic test, and report from the applicant's previous school. Please visit the Purcell School website for more information.


The Purcell School is funded largely by the Government's Music and Dance Scheme which, along with our own scholarship funds, ensures all pupils join the School on the strength of their musical potential irrespective of their parents' ability to pay.

Qualifying pupils receive funding from the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme whilst others are supported by generous trusts and benefactors.

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