Day School Admissions

Open Evenings & Visits

We encourage all prospective pupils to come and visit.  Spending just an hour in our Chiswick home will quickly convey the energy, engagement and positivity that is at the heart of the ArtsEd experience.

Our Open Evenings for 2024 take place on Thursday 12 September. To find out more and sign up to our open evening please visit this page.

If you have any questions about admissions or the audition process outlined below, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail or give us a call.  We look forward to hearing from you!

020 8987 6600  |

Admissions Overview

We audition everyone who applies to ArtsEd. The majority of pupils join the school in either Year 7 or 12, although we also welcome pupils into Years 8 and 9. As we start the curriculum for some of our key GCSE courses in Year 9, we are unable to accept applications for Year 10.

Prospective pupils spend a day in the school with the other applicants, allowing them to get a taste of life here, at the same time as we get to know them. Our staff are very warm and welcoming, and make the day as enjoyable as possible. On the audition day, everyone takes part in the following:

  • ice-breaking sessions
  • vocational skills workshops
  • written tests in English and Maths
  • an individual audition
  • an interview with a senior member of staff (to which parents are invited)

References from the applicant’s current school and past school reports are also taken into consideration.

Audition Dates for 2025 entry:

  • 4th November 2024
  • 27th February 2025

The deadlines for Day School entry 2025 are
25th October 2024 for auditions on 4th November 2024
14th February 2025
for auditions on 27th February 2025


Application for 2024 Entry

The auditions have already taken place for entry to the Day School in September 2024; however, we are aware that circumstances might mean that students wish to join the School at other stages of the year as part of their academic and vocational journey, or indeed after the conclusion of our annual audition cycle. Occasionally places will become available and that enables us to be flexible and support such applications.  Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, and we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.  If you would like to arrange a visit then please click below, or contact us 020 8987 6600  |


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Audition Requirements

We will provide full audition details, including preparation tips, once a prospective pupil is registered.

All candidates for the Dance or Drama Pathways in Year 7, 8 or 9 will need to prepare either a dance or a drama audition piece.

Candidates for entry to the Musical Theatre Pathway in Year 9 will need to prepare a drama audition piece, take part in a modern dance class and prepare a song from the Musical Theatre list.

All prepared pieces must fit the guidelines below.


1× two-minute dance piece
Accompaniment can be provided on a mobile phone.


1× two-minute speech from a play
The character must be an appropriate playing age. Candidates must bring an additional copy of the text for the assessor.

Musical Theatre - Year 9

Candidates should select one piece from the appropriate lists below.

Songs for sopranos, altos and unbroken voices:

Better Little Women
Everlasting Tuck Everlasting
The Life I Never Led Sister Act
I Couldn’t Know Someone Less Daddy Long Legs
My Grand Plan The Lightning Thief
Soon As I Get Home The Wiz
Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun A Christmas Story

Songs for broken and changing voices:

Leaning on a Lamp Post Me and My Girl
Proud of Your Boy Aladdin
Grow for Me Little Shop of Horrors
Different Honk
The Kite You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown