How to Apply

Main Programme

The closing date for applications was 1 March 2018, with auditions in late March or early April. Late applications are occasionally possible, subject to availability.

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String Time

Applicants will be added to the String Time Programme waiting list on the date that their application form is received. Places will be offered during the Summer Term (June/July) for the following September.

Please note that there are only 15 places per school year group and that places from the Reception school year upwards will always depend on the level of current student re-enrolment.

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Band Time

Applicants will be added to the Band Time Programme waiting list on the date their application form is received. Places will be offered during the Summer Term (June/July) for the following September. 

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Open Days

Attend one of our termly Open Days, to get a first-hand taste of Junior Trinity.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • observe General Musicianship classes, large ensembles, choirs and chamber groups;
  • talk to staff and students informally;
  • attend a JT@Teatime concert given by Junior Trinity students; and
  • take a guided tour of our historic site with its state of the art facilities.

Our next open day is Saturday 26 January 2019.

Booking will open in December 2018

What recent open day visitors said

"It was informative and exciting, and we found everything useful!"

"The whole day was perfect. The arrangements for an individual Open Day timetable were most impressive. It was action packed and everything we experienced was useful in making a decision."

"We would be so pleased for B to come to Junior Trinity, and she would be thrilled. We found the atmosphere to be amazing and the staff so friendly and approachable."


"I found the audition so relaxing and professional; it was a wonderful experience." - current Junior Trinity student

All prospective students for the Main Programme take an audition with the Head of Children’s and Young People’s Programmes and an instrumental/vocal specialist. Auditions usually take place in March and April for entry in the following September. Occasionally, there are opportunities to audition in May half term or later, subject to availability.

The audition includes:

  • Performance of two contrasting pieces on first study
  • Performance of one piece on second study - if appropriate
  • Scales and arpeggios on first study appropriate to the applicant's current standard
  • Aural tests
  • Sight-reading

A significant part of the audition involves conversation. We want to know about you, your musical experiences to date, and your future aspirations.

Audition Requirements

Applicants are expected to be at least Grade 5 standard or equivalent on their first study instrument. 

However, there are many factors, including the instrument played and whether students have received formal musical training, that also inform the audition panel. Places at Junior Trinity are limited and being of the right standard alone is not a guarantee of acceptance to the department.

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Please note that auditions are not required for the String Time Programme.


Audition Fee

The audition fee is £35 and can be paid via our online shop. Please note that the audition fee is non-refundable.

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Students are encouraged to discuss their career aspirations and options with teachers and administrative staff, who are often able to provide advice and contacts.

Students in years 11 and 12 usually begin to think about Higher Education. If they are interested in a music course, they may find it hard to choose between studying at a university or a conservatoire. Junior Trinity is able to advise on UCAS entries, support students in writing their personal statements, and help prepare those that are applying to study music at Oxford or Cambridge Universities.

The Jerwood Library also includes reference copies of careers guides.

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Student Welfare

Junior Trinity places great emphasis on providing a safe and caring environment for its students in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Many students comment on how Junior Trinity has helped them to develop as individuals and how their confidence has increased.

All teaching and administrative staff, including deputy teachers, undergo DBS checks as part of the appointment process.

King Charles Court at the Old Royal Naval College is a secure environment and students are at a safe distance from busy roads. Registers are taken in each lesson and class and unauthorised absences are strictly monitored.


What parents have said

"Junior Trinity has been one of the few places that A has attended where he is able to be himself and for this I am truly grateful." - Parent of Junior Trinity student with educational support needs

"H is really loving her time at Trinity, and I have to thank you for everything you are doing for her; she seems to have grown up so much this year and it has done wonders for her confidence and maturity." - Parent of current Junior Trinity student

Changes in your Circumstances

In exceptional circumstances, it may be appropriate for students to change instrumental/vocal teachers. This is only permitted at the beginning of term and at least half a term's notice is required. Initial requests for a change of teacher should be made to the Head of Children’s and Young People’s Programmes, whose decision is final.

Withdrawal from Junior Trinity may happen as a result of changes in family or educational circumstances. Termination of studies is permitted at the end of term, and notice must be given before the half term break. Where this is not possible, parents will be charged a full term's fees in lieu of notice.