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Head of Department:  Mrs Clarke –

Teacher of Music: Mrs Butcher –

Overview of subject

Music plays an important role at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School. There are a range of performances by pupils and these are central to events such as Achievement Evenings, Church Services, Open Evenings, Regional and National events but to name a few occasions.

Our talented performers also perform in our wider community as they take part in performances organinsed by the Local Authority and events organised by Chester Cathedral. We organise an annula Music Festival –‘ Boteler Out Loud’ that involves over 500 performers from our school and local Primary Schools. Alongside this we also produce an annual ‘Spring Spectacular’ held at the Parr Hall – a hugely successful event involving over 350 performers.

Ensembles at the school are inclusive and of an outstanding quality.

We are extremely proud of our Samba group ‘Samboteler’ who have had the prestigious opportunity to perform for the National Specialist Schools Music Conference as the Headline Act  at the Yehudi Menuin School in Surrey.

Djoliba – African drumming group involving pupils from years 7-11.

Singing Club – over 100 pupils meet twice a week to rehearse popular songs. This is a completely inclusive ensemble with a lovely, welcoming atmosphere.

The Crunchy Harmonies – a vocal group of over 50 members who are auditioned to enter this group. They have been invited to perform at Chester Cathedral several times as well as at the Inauguration of the Mayor in June 2014.

School Band – an opportunity for instrumentalists to develop their ensemble skills on a weekly basis.

Boys Only – a singing group for Boys. We meet weekly and regularly have at least 25 boys attending.

Worship Band – a musical group celebrating and supporting our status as a Church Of England High School. This group brings together singers and instrumentalists to perform a range of Sacred Music.

Training Samba – this allows pupils who are beginning to play in a samba group to develop their skills. When they are ready they are invited to join Samboteler.

All of the ensembles are underpinned by a strong team of Instrumental Teachers who deliver lessons on a weekly basis to pupils who opt in to this scheme. Lessons are available on woodwind, brass, piano/keyboard, guitar, drums, strings and voice. External examinations are studied for pupils to gain accreditation when this is appropriate. Pupils have gained Grade 8 in singing and drums in recent years.


Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School by STB