Welcome to The Hammond
Welcome to The Hammond, the North West’s leading provider of Performing Arts education and the UK’s oldest vocational dance school.
Here at The Hammond, we are passionate about supplying the best possible vocational training in dance, drama and music, alongside an enriching academic curriculum. We offer a stimulating and challenging creative environment in which we actively encourage young people to adopt an individual learning style that will enable them to flourish and prosper in their chosen discipline. We recognise and value achievement; alumni from The Hammond can be seen performing and teaching in companies and schools across the globe.
Housed in the historic Hoole Bank House and surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, our campus comprises a Performing Arts Centre with a 420-seat theatre and state-of-the-art dance and music studios. Situated on the outskirts of Chester, The Hammond is located within an hour of Manchester and Liverpool international airports, and is two hours from London by train.
At the Hammond, young people are fully supported to explore and reach their potential, whilst recognising the importance of cooperation, tolerance and friendship.
“Welcome to The Hammond, an exciting and unique school. With the emphasis on performance of many kinds, The Hammond provides a wide ranging general education and a positive learning environment for students from the age of seven right through to nineteen years old. The Hammond is a nationally recognised centre of excellence for Dance. Please do browse our website or better still, come and visit our friendly and vibrant school! We look forward to meeting you.”
Maggie Evans, Principal
In its calm and caring environment, our Preparatory School offers Key Stage 1 and 2 Primary teaching with an early introduction in the Performing Arts. Located in Garden House, The Prep is an integral part of life at The Hammond.
From Years 7 to 11, The Hammond supplies specialist vocational courses in either dance, drama or music, taught alongside a full academic programme culminating in GCSE examinations. We welcome both day and boarding students.
We offer Trinity College London’s three year National Diplomas in Dance and Musical Theatre. We also offer a two year BTEC Diploma Level 3 in Performing Arts (acting). Upper School courses are taught alongside optional A Levels.
Our BA (Hons) course in Musical Theatre & Performance is run by The Hammond in conjunction with the University of Chester. This three-year Bachelor of Arts prepares graduates for the musical theatre industry at a professional level.
The Hammond Centenary
During 2017, The Hammond is celebrating 100 years since Miss Irene Hammond came to Chester. We will be hosting a range of performances, workshops, talks and tours, culminating in a Centenary Gala in July 2017. To celebrate this anniversary, we will be gathering stories and memories about The Hammond School, Miss Irene Hammond and Hoole Bank House.
|19th Jan||A Level Parents Evening|
|26th Jan||exeat weekend lower school only|
|26th Jan||Year 9 Parents Evening|
|28th Jan||Boys' Day of Dance|
|9th Feb||The Hammond Centenary Concert - Chester Cathedral|