Shireland CBSO Academy is a brand-new music school in West Bromwich with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust.
It is a non-selective and non-fee paying music school in Sandwell to be run by the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust in collaboration with the CBSO.
It opened for year 7 and year 12 pupils in September 2023, and will grow to a maximum capacity of 870 students aged 11-18 by 2026. The school is the first state school in Britain to be established in collaboration with an orchestra and marks a radical new approach to music education, innovatively addressing the much-publicised decline in the position of the creative arts in many schools.
The school is based at Providence Place in the town of West Bromwich.
Every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument or sing, with tuition delivered in partnership with Sandwell Music Service, and to participate in choirs and ensembles as well as regularly attending CBSO concerts at Symphony Hall.
Address: Providence Place, West Bromwich
Age range: 11-18
Opening date: September 2023