We are a centre of excellence for performing arts, offering professional level training to enable our students to progress onto the next level of their performing career.

Entry for our full-time college and part-time elite programmes is by audition only. We accept candidates we believe are capable of progressing on to higher education, further vocational training or working professionally in the industry.

Entry for our Pre-Elite programme is not by audition. This programme is open to anyone between the ages of 3 and 12, and is designed to develop confidence and skills.

Our scholarship programme ensures that a selected number of students who show exceptional potential are able to progress and be supported in their training regardless of their personal circumstances or financial background.

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We offer specialist training in Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre.



32 hours practical training per week

We invest heavily in our students with the provision of up to 32 hours of practical training per week – that’s on average 16 hours more per week than any other performing arts school in the region. This is one of the ways we ensure our students go on to be the best in the business.

Access to the very best industry professionals

Our direct links to some of the world’s biggest agents, producers, choreographers and casting directors provide our students with a gateway into the professional world of performing. Our incredible team are current industry experts who are the best in their field, all absolutely committed to our school and the development and progression of our students.

Our dedicated world-class team

  • Jacqui Shi (Rambert)
  • Sally Rapier, Nick Philips (LIPA / Central School of Speech & Drama)
  • Joe Lichenstein (Associate Director, National Theatre)
  • Sam Donovan (Billy the Kid London’s West End / Eric’s Liverpool Everyman)
  • James Lacey (9 to 5 / Shrek the Musical – original UK tours)
  • Simone Tani (École Philippe Gaulier, Paris)

In addition a variety of industry professionals visit Rare to teach regular masterclasses, keeping students fresh with current trends, offering feedback on progress and advising students on their booking potential. Some of the incredible talents we’ve hosted for masterclasses at Rare are…

  • Salim Gauwloos (Slam)
  • Sisco Gomez
  • Dane William Bates
  • Ainsley Ricketts
  • Josh Ricketts
  • Emma Spokes-Annettes
  • Anton Alexandra
  • Lucas McFarlane
  • Carmit Bachar
  • Ricky Jinks
  • Billy Sawyer
  • Tom Fryerson
  • Robyn Laud
  • Keenan Cookes
  • Carl Parris
  • Paris Green
  • Leslie Feliciano
  • James Combo Moreno
  • Jusbmore (SayQuon Keys)
  • Sam Fleet
  • Madeleine Waters
  • Rosina Andrews
  • Laura-Jane Feeney
  • Ashton Sands
  • Alex Chambers
  • Anders Deeno
  • Tobias Ellehammer
  • Dean Lee
  • Xena Gusthart
  • Joe McGann
  • Glen Wallace
  • Dean Nolan
  • Gary Watson
  • James Sutton
  • Chris Manoe
  • Jerry Reeve
  • AMCK
  • Ros Jones
  • George Francis
  • Dan Hubbard
  • Amy Hubbard

Our success rate

Rare acting and musical theatre graduates are achieving huge success on both stage and screen. In TV and film our students have appeared in productions for HBO, BBC, Netflix, Sky Atlantic and Fox amongst many others. They are also starring on the West End, at the National Theatre, in prestigious cruise liner shows and UK tours of world-class productions such as Othello, Heathers the Musical, Cilla the Musical, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Hair and Six the Musical. In the last year we have been thrilled that our Musical Theatre Graduate, Bethany McDonald, has been the first Rare Student to appear Off-Broadway, originating roles in two new musicals in New York.

Our recent dance graduates are touring the world and appearing in music videos with some of the biggest artists in music – Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Zara Larsson, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Robbie Williams and many others. They are lighting up performances on the Brit Awards, X Factor, MTV Music Awards, EMA’s, Children in Need and Strictly Come Dancing with their talent and professionalism and representing powerful brands including Nike, JD Sports and Capital Radio. Rare graduate Megan Bowers even smashed an Amazon Number 1 in 2020 with her first book about dance, ‘My Dance Journal’. Our students and graduates are all around the world doing what they do best and flying the Rare flag loud and proud!

Our level 3 BTEC programme serves as the perfect platform for our students to further their training at degree and diploma level. Recent Rare graduates have gone on to study at some of the top schools and conservatoires in the UK including Rambert, RADA, Mountview, Guildhall School for Music & Drama, LAMDA, LIPA, Bird College, Performers College, The Urdang Academy, Millennium Performing Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Hammond School, Laine Theatre Arts, Arts Educational School, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Welsh College, Trinity Laban, Italia Conti, The Royal Academy of Music, William Esper Studio NYC, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Oxford School of Acting, London School of Musical Theatre and Guildford School of Acting.

Rare Scholarship and Development Fund

The Rare Scholarship & Development Community Interest Company enables exceptionally talented students and graduates to access high quality training regardless of financial circumstances.

In addition to our full time courses we also run scholarship programmes offering as many opportunities as possible to provide support for further training or securing employment in the UK and internationally. Our scholarship programme has sent students on international courses to world-class centres including Broadway Dance Centre in New York and The Edge, Millennium and Playground in Los Angeles. Scholarship winners who wish to move to London are given a monthly payment to support costs of rent, travel, subsistence and classes whilst attending auditions.

Support for students who need it is ongoing even after they graduate – we continue to provide studio space, teaching resources, living costs and mentoring to support the development of our graduates’ creative skills and ensure their path to success. Many of our amazing graduates describe Rare as a ‘home’ – we are honoured that many of them return to us with their new skills and experience to teach. We are hugely invested in our creative community and proud to say that our door is always open.

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Two full scale productions per year at the Auditorium at M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Twice a year we produce a full scale theatre show in this state of the art venue featuring our full time and part time students which gives them first hand performance experience and allows us to assess their development. These shows are always spectacular, always sold out and definitely not to be missed! They motivate our students to push themselves to the next level and bring the Rare family together to celebrate just how far our young people have come.

In addition our acting and musical theatre students also perform their own showcases at our second home The Hope St Theatre twice a year.

New York trip

We arrange an annual trip to New York open to all our students to spend a week training, seeing Broadway shows and touring world-class performing arts schools in the Big Apple!

TERM DATES 2021-2022

Our term dates for the next academic year are as follows:


13.09.21 – College induction week

23.10.21 – Last day before Half Term

24.10.21 – 07.11.20 – HALF TERM

08.11.21 – Return from Half Term

11.12.21 – Last day before Christmas Holiday

12.12.21 – 09.01.22 – CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS


10.01.22 – Return from Christmas Holidays

19.02.22 – Last day before Half Term

20.02.22 – 27.02.22 – HALF TERM

28.02.22 – Return from Half Term

02.04.22 – Last day before Easter Holiday

03.04.22 – 17.04.22 – EASTER HOLIDAYS


18.04.22 – Easter Bank Holiday Monday

19.04.22 – Return from Easter Holidays

28.05.22 – Last day before Half Term

29.05.22 – 05.06.22 – HALF TERM

06.06.22 – Return from Half Term

08.07.22 – Last day before Summer Holiday

TERM DATES 2022-2023

Our term dates for the 22-23 academic year are as follows:


12.09.22 – College induction week

21.10.22 – Last day before Half Term

22.10.22 – 06.11.22 – HALF TERM

07.11.22 – Return from Half Term

09.12.22 – Last day before Christmas Holiday

10.12.22 – 08.01.22 – CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS


09.01.23 – Return from Christmas Holidays

10.02.23 – Last day before Half Term

11.02.23 – 19.02.23 – HALF TERM

20.02.23 – Return from Half Term

31.03.23 – Last day before Easter Holiday

01.04.23 – 16.04.23 – EASTER HOLIDAYS


17.04.23 – Return from Easter Holidays

26.05.23 – Last day before Half Term

27.05.23 – 04.06.23 – HALF TERM

05.06.23 – Return from Half Term

07.07.23 – Last day before Summer Holiday

08.07.23 – 10.09.23 – SUMMER HOLIDAYS