Yehudi Menuhin founded the School to provide an environment and tuition for musically gifted children from all over the world to pursue their love of music, develop their musical potential, and achieve standards of performance on stringed instruments and piano at the highest level.
Menuhin recognised the need to provide musically gifted children with excellent instrumental teachers, adequate time for practice, frequent opportunities for performance, ensemble work with other gifted children, a broad range of other music study and activity, together with a stimulating and creative academic programme. All this was to be undertaken within a family community in which every individual could fully develop musical, intellectual, artistic and social skills.
Today’s School provides a holistic musical and academic education for nearly 80 musically gifted boys and girls aged from 8 to 19, with specialist tution on the stringed instruments, piano and classical guitar. The majority of the School’s pupils are boarders, with around ten day pupils, mainly in the younger age groups.
It is the School’s ambition to be ‘needs-blind’ in its admission process. Parents are charged fees in accordance with their ability to pay, with around three-quarters supported by the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme and the remainder assisted by bursaries from the School.