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Chetham’s leads the way in specialist music education, offering an exciting and dynamic music programme combined with academic excellence and pastoral care which creates a genuine home from home.
Chetham’s provides a unique space in which around 300 students aged 8-18 live and learn in a community built around music. Over a third of the school timetable is devoted to music, in a varied and dynamic programme packed with opportunities. Every day includes around three scheduled hours of music, encompassing individual lessons, performance classes and ensemble rehearsals as well as aural training, choral work, academic music, community arts programmes, composition and music technology. Students’ long-term health is supported through sessions on Alexander Technique and fitness facilities onsite, whilst practice assistants are always available to support and encourage individual practice time, particularly for younger year groups.
All students enjoy two individual lessons each week on their principal study instrument, and an additional lesson on their second study. Twice each year they are assessed by external examiners, presenting the opportunity for each student, their teacher and Head of Department to review progress together; and opportunities are offered for all students to access performance opportunities and professional masterclasses and ABRSM music exams when appropriate.
Our excellent exam results are even more impressive in light of this packed music programme, and the fact that students are admitted to Chetham’s purely on the basis of musical ability. These results are achieved through small class sizes, in a school where every student’s individual needs are considered in balancing their academic, musical and social development. The Compensatory Education department offers individual support to students with additional needs, and to those entering school with English as an additional language, to ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.
Every year, students from Chetham’s progress to leading music conservatoires and universities across the world. We take as much pride in those who move on to careers in engineering, medicine or law as in those playing leading roles on the concert platform; in DJs, jazz pianists and folk singers as in classical conductors and soloists. What unites every member of the Chetham’s community is their passion for music; a passion that, whatever their future direction, will forever enrich their lives.