WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN EVENING TUESDAY MAY 13TH 2014 5-8pm. YEAR 5 Taster Day 25/6/14 Click HERE for details. Click HERE for Hammond Summer Term events. Click HERE for term dates 2013-14

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11-16 Year Olds


  • Entry at years 7 - 10 by entrance test and audition
  • Candidates selected for potential, musicality and theatricality.
To see our downloadable application form please CLICK HERE 
(Please note that this form must be completed by hand and returned by post).



  • £5,668 per term.  Boarding an additional £2380 per term.  (2013-14)
  • MDS awards available to candidates with exceptional potential


  • Full academic curriculum plus:
  • 5-year Dance training course based on classical ballet
  • Classes also include modern, jazz, tap, contemporary
  • Classes provided for pilates, drama and singing
  • GCSE Dance
  • Course designed to develop correctly the young dancer's body
  • Additional support includes physiotherapy, dietary and nutritional advice
  • Formal assessments carried out in Spring Term each year
  • RAD and ISTD examinations


8.30 a.m.                     Arrival at Hoole Bank House - please report to main reception

Welcome by theHammondPrincipal, Deputy Principal (Dance and Musical Theatre) and Deputy Principal (Academic)

9.00                             Candidates taken to change and prepare for auditio

9.15 - 10.30                Audition - Basic Ballet class during which the candidates may be stretched to confirm flexibility. (Parents/Guardians should contact theHammondprior to audition should they require further explanation or are uncomfortable with this procedure).

10.30 - 11.00              Basic Movement Class

11.00 - 12.00              Dance Solos in any chosen dance style 1½ minutes maximum (teachers or candidates own choreography).  Please record your music on a CD (no tapes please).

12.00 - 12.30              Lunch (School will provide)

12.30 - 1.45               Vocal warm up (in audition group) followed by

                                    Individual vocals - short vocal solo appropriate to age and ability or short individual voice session with vocal coach (no previous preparation required as this is only an indicator for our own records and will not affect the overall outcome of the audition).Sheet music should be provided and clearly marked. Backing vocals are NOT suitable.

                                    NB - Any candidates who feel uncomfortable with this section should contact the Hammond prior to the audition. NB - Candidates should not be concerned if solo is curtailed.

2.00 - 3.00/30             Non Verbal Reasoning Test (NVR) for candidates applying for years 7 and 8.  English and Maths papers will be forwarded to current school for completion.

3.30 - 4.00                  Audition candidates visit boarding house (if appropriate) where they will receive a tour and refreshments. 

                                    Day Pupils may be collected from the main School.

During the individual vocal section candidates will visit the Physiotherapist for their physical checks.


 9.00 - 10.30                Discussion with Deputy Principal (Academic) followed by a tour of School

Discussion with Company Secretary/Business Manager, Senior Arts Administrator and Boarding House Matron.

                                    Parents leave site.

4.00pm                        Parents visit the boarding houses and collect candidates.


 Girls                            Ballet                           Yr 7 Leotard/bare legs/shoes

                                                                        Yr 8 + Leotard/pink tights/shoe

Free Movement           Leotard and footless tights or rolled up ballet tights - to work in bare feet


Boys                           Own ballet school's uniform or white T-Shirt and shorts

                                    White socks

                                    Ballet shoes

  • Professional vocational staff together  with guest teachers, choreographers & directors giving masterclasses and workshops.