Coordinates: 53°13′01″N 2°51′11″W / 53.217°N 2.853°W / 53.217; -2.853

The Hammond School
The Hammond School - Logo.jpg
Address
Hoole Bank
Mannings Lane

, ,
CH2 4ES

England
Information
TypeIndependent
Established1917
FounderIrene Hammond
SpecialistArts (dance and performing arts)
OfstedReports
PresidentMr W. Bromley-Davenport
Chairman of DirectorsMrs. K Cowell
PrincipalJennifer Roscoe
GenderCoeducational
Age11+
Websitehttp://www.thehammond.co.uk

The Hammond School, is a specialist school in performing arts based in Chester, England.

History

Irene Hammond founded the Hammond School of Dancing in 1917, when she took over an established dance school in Chester. She expanded the school to include a full programme of performing arts studies. Betty Hassall became the principal of the school in 1946 and was responsible for much of the school's development, most notably the introduction of academic studies in 1965. This enabled the school to become a boarding school offering a full academic curriculum alongside vocational studies, with pupils attending from across the United Kingdom.

Overview

Today, The Hammond comprises a secondary school, sixth form and university for pupils aged 11years+, which offers specialist vocational training in Dance, Drama and Music. It also has a three-year professional course leading to the National Diploma in Professional Dance or the National Diploma in Musical Theatre, validated by Trinity College, London. Sixth form also offers a BTEC in Performing Arts (acting) combined with 2 A levels. The school is accredited to the Council for Dance Education and Training and is a member of the Independent Schools Association. The Hammond is a MADE (Music and Dance Excellence) School, one of 8 schools in England funded by the Music and Dance Scheme, offering full bursaries to talented young people.

The school's patron is Irek Mukhamedov – famed ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Ballet – who teaches students with a dancing Master Class at The Hammond every two years.[1][2][3][4]

In 2018 The Hammond was listed by The Stage as one of 'Seven drama schools where academic achievement is also top class'.[5]

Alumni

Notable alumni include:

Chris Barton actor and singer, finalists in BBC One's Any Dream Will Do.[6]

Jonny Clarke actor, played Bart McQueen on the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.[7]

Jorgie Porter actress and model, portrayed Theresa McQueen on the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and for being a contestant on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Dancing on Ice.[7][8][9]

References

  1. ^ Henwood, Jo (25 June 2009). "Russian ballet star Irek Mukhamedov gives masterclass at The Hammond School". Trinity Mirror plc. The Chester Chronicle. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Former Bolshoi star gives masterclass at Chester dance school". Trinity Mirror plc. The Chester Chronicle. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  3. ^ Henwood, Jo (25 March 2015). "Bolshoi ballet star visits dancers at The Hammond". Trinity Mirror plc. The Chester Chronicle. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ Bird, Rebecca (31 January 2017). "Russian ballet dancer hosts workshops at Chester's Hammond School". Trinity Mirror plc. The Chester Chronicle. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ Marsden, Samantha (23 January 2018). "Seven drama schools where academic achievement is also top class". The Stage. The Stage Media Company Limited. Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Billinge lad's big stage break". Johnston Publishing Ltd. St. Helens Reporter. 3 April 2009. Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b Henwood, Jo (22 January 2016). "Hammond School Hall of Fame - where are they now?". Trinity Mirror plc. The Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  8. ^ Holmes, David (16 November 2015). "I'm a Celebrity Jorgie Porter is ex-Chester student". Trinity Mirror plc. The Chester Chronicle. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter shares style secrets at Grosvenor Shopping Centre". Trinity Mirror plc. The Chester Chronicle. 18 September 2014. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.