Developing the performing arts talent in our young people

The Gosfield School Performing Arts Academy is firmly embedded within our curriculum from Prep, to Senior and into the Sixth Form. Utilising the outstanding facilities of our 110 acre estate and our new Performing Arts Centre which is in construction, our Performing Arts For All programme enables our pupils to establish and develop their talents in drama, music and dance from the ages of four to eighteen.

The three tier programme is structured to enable participation at all levels of ability – from growing as beginners, to improving as achievers and to inspiring all at the elite performance level.

For further information on the new Performing Arts Academy please download our leaflet by clicking here. Or follow us @GosfieldSchoolPerformingArts across Facebook and/or Instagram. 
Please feel free to contact the Admissions Team on 01787 474040 or email

An all-round education

Our Performing Arts Academy forms a part of an exceptional all round education provided at Gosfield School.

Small classes and personalised pathways give every young person the opportunity to be the best they can. The Senior School and Sixth Form are situated in an elegant Victorian manor, while the Prep School and Nursery benefit from purpose-built contemporary architecture at Meadow Court. Both embrace a wide range of academic subjects delivered through personalised pathways to class groups exclusively capped at no more than 20 in Prep and 22 in Senior.

We expect every individual to grow and reach beyond their academic predictions from the point they join us. Academic rigour is accompanied by an equally strong focus on personal characteristics. Pupils benefit from our own Forest School, deep commitment to Duke of Edinburgh awards, extraordinary expeditions and the value of public speaking and debating. Each develops self-confidence, resilience and problem solving skills that will be essential in tomorrow’s workplace. Our hugely successful Cricket Academy has won us acclaim as an Essex Cricket Inspirational School.

We expect every individual to achieve success in all their endeavours, whilst recognising the importance of trust, respect and kindness within happy and fulfilling lives. Comprising around 260 pupils aged between two and 18 years, our school really is like an extended family. Most pupils and staff know everyone’s name. Pupils, teachers and support staff share lunch in the same dining hall. Friendships transcend all ages and families become lifelong friends too.

We expect every individual to inspire others around them, and to become engaging, innovative and collaborative contributors to the future. With a comprehensive mini bus provision serving towns and villages across the region, Gosfield School provides a unique opportunity for pupils of all academic and artistic abilities to enjoy the freedoms, experiences and rewards provided by an Independent education.

The Performing Arts Academy programme

The academy is led by our Head of Performing Arts, Mr Nick Bell and our Heads of Music, Dance and Drama. For music and dance, teachers lead individual lessons for all levels of ability from beginners to advanced. Whilst focused on performing arts, our programmes teach skills that will enable our pupils to access extensive opportunities now and in later life and is perfectly aligned with our School’s ethos.

Our three performing arts tiers ensure that everyone participates and benefits. From that foundation, the more able are encouraged to extend their range of skills and the most able mentored through their elite development, mind-set and performance.

Scholarships for advanced Level 2 and Level 3 entry

The School is pleased to announce that a number of scholarships are available to Performing Arts scholars from Year 3 upwards who qualify for our advanced Level 2 and Level 3 programme from September 2021.

These scholarships range from 10% to 100% of current fees based on ability, and are at the discretion of the Principal and Head of Performing Arts.

Scholarship Days, which will include social and academic assessment as well as practical performing arts skills, are held annually with scholarships offered to join the school immediately or the following September. For further information about our next scholarship day, please refer to the website or contact the school registrar:

Tel: 01787 474040 and ask for The Registrar

The Gosfield Performing Arts Centre

Our Performing Arts Academy is currently housed in the School’s main building utilising the Performing Arts studio and the refectory. In 2022, the academy will move to a purpose built practice and performance facility that is currently under construction in the school grounds.

The 320 seat theatre includes a practice and performance auditorium, practice rooms and classrooms as well as being equipped with state of the art sound and lighting equipment. An artist’s impression of the Performing Arts Centre is below:

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