Due to our long running tradition of excellence within the Performing Arts we have decided to run an admissions programme for students who have the talent and commitment to become part of our school community as a specialist in either Dance, Drama or Music. The Admissions process is detailed clearly in the schools policy and this is a very exciting opportunity for prospective students to join a group who will adopt a specialised extended curriculum throughout their time here at Cockburn. This will include accessing and engaging with specialist arts provision and external professionals. To be considered for this application route please see the supplementary application form and the audition requirement details.

Click here to download the Supplementary Application Form.

Admission Audition Process

Students can be considered as a specialist in Drama/Dance or in Music. If you believe you have the required skill level in all 3 disciplines please feel free to tick all boxes on the supplementary form. Parents are welcome to remain in the school building whilst prospective students are undertaking the audition process but will not be allowed to watch the auditions take place. This is to ensure that each student has the chance to perform to the very best of their ability.


Drama and Dance Audition Process

Physical warm up and short technical sequence.

Students will be given an improvisation task based on a professional dance work by Matthew Bourne. They will then choreograph a short solo using their improvisation as a stimulus.

Workshop style warm up

Character creation and duologue performance based around a given script. There will be time to understand and rehearse the script in pairs before a short extract will be performed. Use of language delivery, body language, gestures and facial expressions will be important.

If you choose the Dance/Drama route please be prepared to audition in both disciplines. Please do not worry if you are stronger in one than the other, this will be taken into consideration. Please wear loose fitting clothing when attending the audition.

Minimum Grade requirement on your chosen instrument is Grade 2 or equivalent. We will also consider students who believe they have a very strong singing ability.

Identify and clap given rhythms to check time keeping and rhythmic notation accuracy

Please prepare a piece to play on your instrument prior to the audition which will be assessed by our music staff. You will also be required to take part in a group song that will assess your ability to work alongside others and finally undertake a Listening test – this will check your analysis and interpretation skills.


Click here to go to the Admissions and Appeals page for more information on the Cockburn School Admissions process.