Middle School

Years 9-11 | Admissions in Years 9-10

This section is led by the Head of Middle School, who co-ordinates a team of tutors in caring for a hundred or so students. Acting as the hub, the Head of Middle School and tutor team liaise closely with boarding, music and academic staff. In this way we can gain a holistic overview of students, while at the same time paying due attention to specific individual issues, in this key phase of School progression.

The greater depth of study required for GCSE work, and an increase in commitments to music and instrumental study, require students to select subjects at GCSE level. All students take 7-8 subjects including music, English, maths, science and, usually, a language.

ICT is delivered through academic subjects in the Middle School.

Find out more about the curriculum.


New College House, Years 9-13 (ages 12-18)
Millgate House, Years 9-13 (ages 12-18)

Seniors at Chetham’s thrive on a busy schedule of academic and music teaching. Whilst all new students will have doubts about the move to a specialist school, Chetham’s provides a warm and welcoming community where everyone, staff and students alike, is always ready to offer a listening ear. The unique nature of a music school means that everybody arrives with something already in common, and students quickly settle in and make friends.

At least three staff are on duty in the Senior Houses each evening, ensuring that students can always find an adult to talk to, and that there is always someone to notice if a boarder feels low or unwell. Relationships between staff and students are friendly and positive, and whilst House Parents are responsible for discipline, they’re also keen to get to know every individual in their care.

House Parents recognise the importance of parental involvement in students’ education and development, and are always happy to speak to families about their child’s welfare or progress. The Head or Deputy Head of House is on duty at all times for any student or family who may need to get in touch.