Our music department draws upon the expertise of instrumental specialists who provide individual tuition. While some students achieve an impressively high standard, the excitement and pleasure of making music are available to everyone, whatever their ability, though the school’s Symphony and Jazz orchestras, a variety of ensembles and several choirs. The school hosts multiple concerts and events each year in school and in venues across the diocese and Staffordshire.
Cantorum, the only scholarship-based youth choir founded in a school in the UK, is open to senior students who can sing to a high standard and has rapidly gained a reputation for choral excellence. The choir rehearses twice a week and regularly performs for school events and at concerts across the region and further afield.
Drama features prominently at the Cathedral School and Sixth Formers can either take on a performance role or get involved in a behind the scenes capacity, helping with rehearsals, stage management, lighting and sound design or marketing and publicity. Our whole school productions use the 480-seat main auditorium of the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield, while the senior productions make use of the more intimate 130-seat Studio Theatre.
Leadership: Sixth Form students are invited to organise and lead a wide range of events. The Sixth Form student leadership team is a broad body that annually organises a wide range of charity and community events as well as tours abroad. They are also responsible for the upkeep and presentation of the Sixth Form Centre.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme offers students the chance to develop skills for life, improve their self-esteem and self-confidence and make a positive difference to their local community. We encourage every student to pursue the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards as, in addition to the individual benefits gained, Award holders are highly valued by employers and higher education establishments.
Sports activities are built into the Sixth Form curriculum, with students able to benefit from the excellent facilities offered at Burntwood Leisure Centre and local sporting venues.
Work experience can provide valuable knowledge and skills that will be helpful for future higher education and employment applications.