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Aims and Ethos

Chetham’s is a specialist music school, the largest in the Department for Education Music and Dance Aided Pupil Scheme. Students are selected solely on their musical potential and come from all over the UK and abroad. 

The Music School is one half of the “Foundation of Chetham’s Hospital School and Library”, founded by Humphrey Chetham in 1653.  The Foundation is governed by Feoffees, many of whom sit on the School Committee, the Governing Body of the School.  The Foundation is to include a Medieval Manchester visitor experience, so there will be shortly three separate ‘arms’ of the same overarching Charitable Foundation.  The Feoffees are currently discussing further governance structures to accommodate this, and the opportunities afforded by the new School .

As stated in its Annual Report, the School’s Public Benefit aims are to educate musically gifted children between the ages of 8 and 18, whatever their social, ethnic and cultural background and financial circumstances, to provide as broad an academic curriculum as is possible within a specialist school and to develop the whole person, furthering the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each student.