I am very proud to be the Principal of Shireland CBSO Academy and to have the privilege of working with Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to create the first non-selective state school of its kind in the country. It is an exciting time to be a young musician in Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area.
I have worked in Sandwell for more than 15 years and strongly believe that the diversity of our community should be represented in our academy. We will strive to create an environment where all young people who have a passion for music feel that they belong. Students attending the Academy should expect to be challenged and supported in equal measure: We have high expectations of their conduct and commitment to their academic and musical development and this is supported by strong pastoral care.
Many of our students aspire to become professional musicians or take up other careers within the arts but I believe that the beauty of music is that it equips our young people to succeed, whatever their future may hold; it teaches important skills and qualities such as empathy, self-discipline and collaboration; it supports our wellbeing; and it allows us to express ourselves. Our students will benefit from some wonderful opportunities in their time at the Academy and I hope that these experiences will create unforgettable moments that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Thank you for your interest in Shireland CBSO Academy, we look forward to welcoming you.