Amy Winehouse (circled) as a 13-year-old pupil The exterior of the new Sylvia Young School
The Sylvia Young Theatre School is a specialist performing arts school offering excellent vocational and academic education to children. The school was established in 1981 in Drury Lane, and in 1983 moved to a former 1880’s church school building in Marylebone. Then in July 2010 they moved again to new premises in Nutford Place, just off Seymour Place in W1.
The new site houses two vocational floors with studios, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, two academic floors, and a large canteen with two courtyard gardens. Their central London location, which is well served by the public transport system, allows them to draw students from across the south-east, and from the wider UK.
The Sylvia Young Theatre School is non-denominational and co-educational, and the students generally range from 10 to 16 years of age. Although they are a small school of around 200 students, they value their warm family atmosphere, and students can join their full time school after successfully completing the audition process.
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the students follow their academic programme, building key skills, in addition to working for SATs and GCSE examinations in a broad range of subjects. Thursdays and Fridays will see students follow their vocational programme, receiving training in the performing arts (Drama, Dance and Singing) whilst developing their individual performance skills.