Pupils at The Hammond School in Chester, Cheshire

Lower School

Entry > Lower School

Children who wish to join The Hammond at Year 7 are required to take an entrance examination. This consists of three papers:

  1. Mathematics (60 minutes)
  2. English (60 minutes)
  3. Non Verbal Reasoning (60 minutes) – Years 7 and 8 only

Students who enter higher up the school are required to sit examination papers in Maths and English only. Applications forms must be submitted prior to sitting the entrance examination.

Please download an application form:
Drama & Music Application Form
Dance Application Form

Scholarships and Bursaries

Information on scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance may be obtained from the school’s Finance Office.

Students applying for entry in drama, dance and music will be invited to attend an audition.

Dance Entry Audition Schedule - Candidates

08:30 Candidates are required to arrive at The Hammond and report to The Performing Arts Centre. The Hammond Principal will welcome you to the school.
09:00-09:15 Candidates are taken to change and prepare for their audition.
09:15-10:30 Audition: Candidates will be required to attend a basic ballet class during which they may be stretched to ascertain flexibility. Parents or guardians should contact The Hammond prior to the audition should they wish to discuss this procedure).
11:00-12:00 Candidates will perform a dance solo in any chosen dance style for one minute maximum. They may choose their own choreography. Please record your music on a CDR or MP3 (we do not accept CDRW or tape recordings).
12:00-12:30 Lunch will be provided by The Hammond. Please let us know if your child has any special dietary requirements.
12:30-13:45 A vocal warm up in audition groups will precede:
  • Individual vocals: a short vocal solo appropriate to age and ability OR
  • A short individual voice session with a vocal coach (no previous preparation is required, as it provides an indicator for our own records and will not affect the overall outcome of the audition)

Clearly marked sheet music is preferred and should be provided. If sheet music is not available, a backing track can be used. However, backing vocals are not appropriate.

Should any candidate feel uncomfortable about this section of the audition, please contact The Hammond prior to the audition. Please note, candidates should not be concerned if a solo is curtailed. During this time, candidates will visit the physiotherapist for their physical checks.

14:00-15:30 All Year 7 and 8 candidates will sit a Non Verbal Reasoning Test (NVR). English and Maths papers will be forwarded to the current school for completion.
15:30-16:00 Audition candidates will be taken by the school minibus to visit the boarding houses (if appropriate) where they will receive a tour and refreshments. Day students may be collected from the main school.

Uniform Requirements

Girls Ballet Year 7: Leotard, bare legs, socks and ballet shoes.
Year 8: Leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes.
Free Movement Leotard and footless tights or rolled up ballet tights, bare feet.
Boys   Own ballet school’s uniform or a white t-short and shorts, white socks, ballet shoes.

Dance Entry Audition Schedule – Parents/Guardians


Parents will receive a tour of the school and meet with relevant members of staff. 


16:15 Parents visit the boarding houses and collect candidates.
  • Hampton Lodge, 12, Liverpool Road, Chester. CH2 1AE
  • Clovelly House, 7, Eversley Park Road, Chester. CH2 2AJ

Drama Entry

Candidates will be expected to have an interest in drama and the Arts although previous experience is not essential. They will be required to audition and sit the entrance examinations. The audition will comprise of an improvising session with an informal interview.

Music Entry

Candidates who opt for the music entry will have a high level of musical talent and the potential to reach an exceptionally high standard of performance and musical knowledge. All candidates will be expected to sit the school academic entrance exam, perform two contrasting pieces of their main study (instrument or voice), have the opportunity to perform one piece on a second study, take basic aural tests and have an informal interview.

Musical Theatre