The aim of the School is to offer places only to those prospective students who demonstrate that they will be able to take full advantage of the education the Sylvia Young Theatre School is able to offer. This decision will be made on the basis of their performance in auditions, the academic tests and information made available to the School. We are committed to ensuring that admission decisions will be made by a process that is free from any discrimination on the grounds of disability; race; ethnic or national origin or gender. The School must also feel reasonably sure that we are able to educate and develop the prospective pupil to the best of his or her potential, so that the pupil will have a happy, fulfilling and successful school career. These aims must continue to be met throughout the pupil's time at the School.
Admission to the school normally takes place at age 10 in year 6 or at age 11 in year 7. Admission at other ages may be possible, depending on availability of places.
In the first instance students send in an application form with their school report and any other relevant information.
All prospective students will be invited to a workshop audition where, as part of a group, they will be invited to take part in a Drama, Singing and Dance class. There will be an admissions panel made up from the academic and the vocational staff who will make observations as to the potential shown. Each student will also be asked to sight read a short passage and complete a short written piece.
Full school reports will be considered and a reference might be requested from each potential student's current school.
Successful auditionees will be called back for a second audition and a full academic test.
The full academic test includes: an English test (creative writing and comprehension) and a Maths test.
Each student will be asked to perform two acting pieces (supplied by the school), a song and a dance in front of our judging panel. If a student has not had any dance training he/she will be asked to follow simple steps to gauge their suitability for dance training.