Shireland CBSO Academy

A brand-new music school will be built in West Bromwich with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust.

The Department for Education recently approved funding for the Shireland CBSO School – a new non-selective and non-fee paying specialist music school in Sandwell to be run by the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust in collaboration with the CBSO.

It will open for year seven and Year 12 pupils in 2023, growing to a maximum capacity of 870 students aged 11-18 by 2026. The school will be 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 will be based at Providence Place in the town of West Bromwich. 

Every child will be given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, 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
Proposed date to join the Trust: 2023