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Sylvia Young Theatre School


In partnership with parents, the Sylvia Young Theatre School aims to provide opportunities for its students that enable them to play an active and positive role as members of the school and the wider community.  Students have access to and experience of the curriculum regardless of race, class, gender or religious belief. The school promotes a sense of self-esteem, responsibility and tolerance. It values and challenges the individual so that they may achieve their highest levels of attainment.

The Sylvia Young Theatre School places great emphasis on high academic standards and on excellence in the performing arts.  Our aim is to develop the whole person as well as providing a unique opportunity for students with potential in the performing arts to train and to perfect their skills.  Expectations are high.

Our School provides a supportive atmosphere based on self-discipline, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding.  Students are encouraged to take responsibility both for their own learning and the environment in which they live.


The school was established in 1981 in Drury Lane and in 1983 moved to a former 1880’s church school building in Marylebone. In July 2010, we moved to our new premises in Nutford Place, just off Seymour Place in W1. Our site houses two vocational floors with studios, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, two academic floors and a large canteen with two courtyard gardens. 

The Headteacher is a member of, and the school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association [ISA]

Principal & School Chair of Directors  Mrs Sylvia Young OBE
Managing Director Miss Alison Ruffelle
Headteacher Mrs Anne-Marie Kennedy
Assistant Headteacher - Safeguarding Ms Menifa Williams
Assistant Headteacher - Behaviour Mr Kennedy
Business Manager Mrs Maggie Melville
Head of Music Daniel Brady
Artistic Director Mr Steven Baker

School Directors





Mrs Sylvia Young
Miss Alison Ruffelle
Miss Frances Ruffelle
Mr Michael Shelton
Mr Steve Boyes
Mr Steven Baker
Mr Peter Thornton













All above may be contacted informally by telephone, or formally if required in writing:

Sylvia Young Theatre School
1 Nutford Place, 
020 7258 2330

The Sylvia Young Theatre School Ltd Registered N0: 1812483 Registered Office:
1 Nutford Place, London W1H 5YZ. Tel: 020 7258 2330

Find us at 1 Nutford Place, London, W1H 5YZ.