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Sylvia Young Theatre School

Full Time School

Admissions & Open Day


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 school reports/ information made available to the school. We are committed to ensuring that admission decisions are made through a process that is free of any discrimination on the grounds of disability, race; ethnic or national origin or gender. The school must also feel sure that we are able to educate and develop the prospective student to the best of his or her potential, so that the student will have a happy, fulfilling and successful school career. These aims will continue to be met throughout the student's time at the school. 

This is reflected in the division of our school week. Condensing a regular five-day academic week into a three-day academic week and two days of vocational training.
Applicants need to achieve a good standard academically and be able to cope with a three-day academic week.
This arrangement may not suit all applicants.

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 the availability of places.


School Fees


Application Form


Mini Prospectus



Admission Procedures

In the first instance, complete the online application form uploading student's latest full school report and photograph.

Vocational Preparation

  • Choose one of the acting pieces (supplied by the school)
  • Prepare a song of your choice (no longer than one minute)
  • Prepare a dance of your choice (no longer than one minute)


  • Sheet music can be used for singing
  • Tablet, Mobile device, C.D can be used for singing and dance

Your Audition
Stage One
We require all applicants to send their audition footage in advance of their Stage two audition appointment. We envisage that a two-three week period is usually enough time to prepare and forward us your audition footage.
Applicants should give a brief introduction about themselves and then include their drama, song and dance pieces.

Stage Two
Our auditions usually take place on Thursday during term time at our school in Marylebone usually between 10am and 1pm.
A member of our team will make contact once we have received your Stage One audition footage.
The applicant will be asked (by our panel) to perform one or more of their vocational audition pieces.

Applicants will also be required to take a full academic test including an English test (creative writing and comprehension) and a maths test.
Academic results and school reports must show a sufficient standard and that the applicant will be able to achieve on a three-day academic programme.

Open day

School Open Day tour for prospective parents & children interested in entry for Sept 2022 usually runs in October.

Our school is unique in that the week is divided into two - Monday-Wednesday students follow their academic studies and Thursday-Friday students follow their vocational programme. 

To give you an insight how the school operates over the week, parents will take a guided tour and view students in their vocational classes. Our Headteacher has arranged for a selection of students' academic books to be viewed with school work to be on display and an opportunity to meet the school Management team and ask any questions you may have.

Tours will take approximately 1hr. 

Virtual tour

Due to current restrictions we have an insight to our unique school with a virtual tour until we can welcome you at our open day in October.

Virtual tour link

Booklet link 


At this current time we are sorry to say we shall not be offering any bursary awards at this time. We shall review in the Spring term 2022.

The Sylvia Young Theatre School offers very limited bursary awards (means tested) to commence in September until they reach official school-leaving age of 16 years.  

SYTS Bursaries are not open to any current Full Time student attending SYTS.