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Sylvia Young Theatre School

Full Time School



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 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 the availability of places.

Admission Procedures

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

Vocational audition where applicants will be asked to perform;

  • two acting pieces (supplied by the school). 
  • a song of applicant's choice. 
  • a dance of applicant's choice. 

Applicants will then be invited to sit an academic test. 

There will be an admissions panel made up from the academic and the vocational department who will make observations as to the potential shown. Applicants will also be required to take a full academic test including an English test (creative writing and comprehension) and a maths test. 

Open day

Our school open day is for prospective students entering Year 6 & 7.

We are currently working on producing a virtual tour.

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. 

Scholarship & Bursaries 

The Sylvia Young Theatre School offers one full scholarship and other limited bursary awards (means tested) to commence in September until the winners reach official school leaving age of 16 years.  

Scholarship & Bursary awards are currently being reviewed for 2021.
Scholarship auditions are usually for students entering school years 7 & 8 in September 2021.
All applicants will be invited to submit an online application along with an audition self tape. The applicant films on their own phone/camera and then it is submitted electronically via email. More information to follow.

Applicants will be asked to prepare all three of the following;

  • two short acting pieces (provided by SYTS)
  • a song of applicant's choice (no longer than 2 minutes)
  • a dance of applicant's choice (no longer than 1 minute)

A registration payment of £15 per applicant will be required during your online registration process. Credit & debit cards accepted. Selected applicants will be invited to audition

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