Acting. Singing. Music. Movement. 


"Great stories happen to those who can tell them." - Ira Glass

Storytelling is at the heart of all great performances and so we’ve put storytelling at the heart of our performance training. 


Collaboration. Expression. Performance.

We developed the Theatre Arts courses to support aspiring young actors, musicians, and performers in reaching their full potential as creative and performing artists. 






You can apply to The Hammond's Theatre Arts Advanced course for September 2022 via the link below. If you have any questions, please email:

September 2023 Entry

Applications for September 2023 Entry will open in our Autumn Term. We're currently designing a new website which will contain all the information you need to apply, so things will be looking very different soon. 

We have a number of upcoming events which will allow you to find our more about The Hammond and our courses which you can see below. To be the first to find out how to register for these events, please join our Mailing List and we'll be in touch.

Key Dates 2022/23

(many more to be added)


Saturday 17th September – Theatre Arts Experience Day

Friday 14th October – Theatre Arts Audition Day

15th – 16th October – Can You Dance

Saturday 5th November – School Open Day

Saturday 12th November – College Open Day

Thursday 17th November – Professional Diploma Experience Day

Saturday 19th November – Degree Open Day



Our Advanced courses offer full-time pre-drama school or pre-music college training. Students get used to the demands of conservatoire-style tuition in a professional, performing arts-focused environment and train in their area of focus for over 20 hours per week. 


This course is popular with students who have completed years 7-11 in traditional education environments and who are now ready to put all their energy and focus into their performing arts training. 


The advanced course covers a broad and diverse curriculum and is delivered by industry professionals and specialist staff. Students can expect to complete between 12 - 15 units over the two years of study with many units resulting in both in-house and public performances. 


Acting units may include: 


Classical Acting 

Acting for Film and TV 

Physical Theatre 

Contemporary Theatre 

Comedy in Performance 


Movement for Actors 

Practitioner Study 

Music and Singing Ensemble 

Musical Theatre 

Rehearsal and Production 


Music Performance units may include: 


Vocal Techniques 

Composing Music

Music of the World 

Music Theory 


Solo Music Performance 

Pop Music Theory 


The Theatre Arts Advanced program leads to the completion of the RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts, a vocational qualification worth the equivalent of 3 A-Levels. 


Most Advanced students will also complete a LAMDA Grade 8 (Gold) qualification as  part of their first year of training. 


Advanced students can choose to take one or two optional A Level or Level 3 qualifications alongside their Theatre Arts course.




‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ - Susan Jeffers 


Ask any of our students, what’s your favourite time at school and they’re likely to answer ‘show week’. 


A usual year of public performance opportunities for a Theatre Arts Student may include: 


Christmas Cabaret 

Foundation, Specialised, Advanced. 


Main Stage Show - Musical / Play 

Foundation, Specialised, Advanced 


Advanced Performance Project 



Individual Unit Performances





Recent graduates of the Hammond Theatre Arts courses (formally Drama) have gone on to study at: 


The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC, Trinity Larban, Guilford School of Acting, Rose Bruford, Fourth Monkey, The Arden, Alra, East 15, Stella Adler Studio NYC. 

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