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  • Chetham's School of Music
    Long Millgate
    M3 1SB
  • Head: Mr Alun Jones
  • T 0161 834 9644
  • F 01618 393609
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 8 to 19
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Manchester
  • Pupils: 304
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day £24,573, Boarding £31,713, Chorister (day) £9,480 pa
  • Open days: October and January
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

The thriving creative community at Chetham’s involves up to 300 students aged 8-18, whose common passion is music. Entry to the School is based solely on musical ability and potential, never on background or ability to pay, thanks to generous bursaries through the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme. This common bond of musical passion makes for a truly inspirational place which transforms the lives of all who are part of it.

This magic is the result of many different qualities that permeate the fabric of Chetham’s: the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the daily creative buzz, admirable academic standards, Chetham’s history and heritage, our superb teaching and performance spaces, the city of Manchester as a cosmopolitan location, our many different backgrounds and personalities – and of course, the music.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Special Education Needs

The role of the Compensatory Education (CompEd) department at Chetham’s is to support students who have any learning differences. The department works with two distinct groups of students; those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and those for whom English is a Second or Additional Language (E2L/EAL). The Compensatory Education team is led by Mrs Barbara Owen. English as a Second or Additional Language The Compensatory Education team work with students to assess their English language ability, to support them in developing grammatical and communication skills, and to support staff and students in overcoming differences in understanding arising from linguistic or cultural divides. Students are offered support to prepare for the International English Language Test System (IELTS) which is usually a requirement for university or conservatoire entrance. Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Students are offered support according to their individual needs. This may include individual lessons, in-class support, study skill support sessions, or help to modify learning materials and liaise with outside agencies.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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