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  • Our very successful Music Department is accommodated in a purpose built Music School which includes practice and teaching rooms equipped with pianos, a large teaching room with a computer suite and an excellent Music Studio for rehearsals and concert evenings. The school also has a theatre for solo concerts, a 6th form area for Recital Evenings and several teaching rooms and a performing arts studio in the Junior School. All main orchestral instruments are taught by a dedicated team of Visiting Music Teachers many of whom direct the school groups. A vibrant department offers diverse ensembles and many choirs which rehearse during the week.

  • Concerts during the year include regular Lunchtime Concerts, Beginners’ Concerts, Junior School assembly performances, Evening Recitals, Chamber Evenings, the annual House Music Competition, a Carol Service at St. George’s Minster, and large scale End of Term Concerts. The Department takes part in local and national music festivals including the Mrs Sunderland Festival, the National Concert Band Festival, Music for Youth and the Don Valley Festival. The school also hosts the very successful annual Robin Hood Music Festival.


What We Offer

  • 30 minute individual lessons on all orchestral instruments including voice, electric and bass guitar
  • Opportunity to have 1 hour instrumental per week for those that are Grade 5 and above
  • A free taster lesson for beginners
  • Wind Machine, Junior Orchestra, 2 Junior Choirs, Brass Ensemble, Flute Group, Woodwind Ensemble, Saxophone Group, Jazz Orchestra, Concert Band, Senior Orchestra, String Ensemble, 2 Senior School  Choirs, Jazz Combo, Junior Percussion Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble.
  • Regular piano accompaniment sessions


  • Regular Lunchtime Concerts
  • End of Term  Concerts including a Summer Picnic Concert
  • Beginners’ Concerts
  • Chamber Concerts
  • Instrumental Masterclasses
  • Class performance opportunities
  • Assembly performances
  • Robin Hood Festival
  • National Concert Band Festival
  • Don Valley Festival
  • Mrs Sunderland Festival
  • Music for Youth
  • Doncaster Museum Concerts


  • Year 2 String Project ( violin and Cello)
  • Year 4 Brass Project ( trumpet, cornet and trombone)
  • Year 6 wind, Brass and percussion



There are a small number of scholarships available in each year group from Year 7 to Year 11 for pupils who show outstanding skill, passion, commitment and potential in playing an instrument or singing. 

The standard award for a scholarship is a 10% reduction in fees. Parents of pupils awarded scholarships who require additional financial support are able to apply to the Bursar for an additional reduction from the school fees. See our Scholarships and Bursaries page for more details. 

For those entering the Sixth Form, Musical ability is recognised in the Leadership Scholarship scheme (download the leadership scholarship scheme).

  • Fully funded weekly lessons in 2 disciplines taught by our highly qualified team of specialist instrumental and vocal staff.
  • Scholarship workshops run with renowned musical experts
  • Weekly Theory and Aural classes to help develop knowledge and prepare for examinations.
  • Regular performance opportunities, including the chance to perform alongside professional choirs and instrumentalists.
  • The possibility of a reduced curriculum to allow dedication to practice.
  • A well-equipped Music School including numerous practice rooms and classrooms, a recording studio, a performing studio, and a small theatre.
  • Ensembles including Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, String Orchestra, Guitar Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, String Quartet, Brass Attack, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Senior Choir, Boys Choir and Junior Choir.
  • Regular competition opportunities, including Music for Youth and various prestigious festivals.
  • Requirements

    In terms of formal qualifications, scholarship candidates at 11+ should be around grade 4 or above in their chosen instrument/voice. In the Sixth Form, candidates should be around grade 6/7 level. In addition to formal qualifications, Music Scholars will be expected to show a high level of potential and a history of significant commitment to Music.
  • The Next Step

    Please telephone the Admissions team on 01302 776300 to arrange a visit to the school to meet our Heads of Music.