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The Hammond

Posted on May 1, 2019

As an established performing arts provider in the North West of England, The Hammond is delighted to be celebrating its centenary during 2017. Since its beginnings as a dance class in 1917 under the direction of Miss Irene Hammond in the Ballroom at The Grosvenor Hotel in Chester, The Hammond has provided a supportive and nurturing environment for talented young performers.

The Hammond is based on the edge of Chester and is recognised and funded as a centre of excellence by the Department for Education (DfE) under the Music and Dance Scheme (MDS), and is one of only nine residential schools nationally within this scheme. Additionally, The Hammond receives financial support through the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA’s) Dance and Drama Award Scheme (DaDA) for some of its post-16 students.

The Hammond offers carefully structured artistic training in Dance, Musical Theatre, Music and Drama; aiming to help prepare students for a career in the world of the theatre. This is evidenced by Ofsted (Outstanding in all categories in both 2011 and 2015), and The Independent Schools’ Inspectorate,

“The Hammond offers an excellent quality of education.” (2014) The Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (2014)

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