Candidates who are successful at the screening stage will receive a link to complete the online audition application.

The Prep Department caters for pupils in years four to six (prep one, two and three) and is set within an inspiring, creative environment in a Rothschild mansion steeped in fascinating history.

Pupils are taught in a single mixed age class, following an integrated curriculum. One third of their time is spent in vocational lessons and the remainder in academic lessons.


Audition Information

Audition Schedule

  1. Ballet class.
  2. A short modern class.
  3. A poem or drama piece to be given from memory.
  4. A song to be sung from memory. Candidates are asked to supply the sheet music for accompaniment in the required key. Alternatively, a smartphone can be used.


Educational Test

All candidates will sit an academic assessment. The academic part of the audition involves a computerised verbal and non-verbal reasoning test followed by a 10- minute writing test from which we can identify very quickly if a candidate has difficulties with handwriting speed, spelling or grammar.


Clothing and Equipment

  • All candidates should arrive ready for the dance class and they are requested to wear plain leotard, tights or socks and belt.
  • Candidates with long hair should have put up their hair before arrival.
  • Candidates are requested to bring with them ballet and jazz shoes (if available).


All candidates are required to attend an entrance audition for the school. These are held in the autumn and Spring Term each year. Suitability for a place is determined on talent and potential shown at the time of audition.

Final auditions take place in February or March of each year and successful candidates are offered places to start in the following September.