Kimichi School "Rethinking education with Music at its heart"
Kimichi School"Rethinking education with Music at its heart"

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Thanks to all our supportive and fantastic friends who have crowdfunded, signed our petition, donated to JustGiving, played in our fabulous Flashmob (video coming soon), and generally believed in Kimichi School, we have a home! 


The owners have generously agreed to extend our lease without a rent increase, and we have a potential buyer lined up.


Needless to say, none of this would have been possible without you. The mere fact that we have been so supported by not only the local community, but friends as far away as Canada and Antigua alongside literally hundreds of musicians has made all the difference. Thank you! From all of us to all of you. 

Kimichi school graded as good by ofsted

At Kimichi School we’re very proud to announce that we’ve passed our first Ofsted Inspection with ‘Good’ in every category.


It truly is a celebration of all that we strive to achieve at Kimichi; to develop a music-based centre of learning that inspires and educates our young people. We aspire for all of our students to leave us confident, academically awarded and socially confident to take on the challenges on life after school.


I could sing about our highlights all day long, but you’ll find the inspectors judged that:

  • ‘Students are on target to attain high levels in almost all subjects.’
  • ‘Achievement is outstanding in English, history and music because teachers have excellent ways of inspiring students to learn in these subjects.’
  • ‘Behaviour is good because students and teachers have very high expectations of themselves and set the rules together.’
  • ‘Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.’
  • ‘The teaching of music is a particular strength and students make excellent progress whatever their starting points on entry.’
  • ‘Individual talents are nurtured and developed very well so that the most able are achieving well above others of their age in English, history, mathematics and science.’

Read more & download the full Ofsted report here

Fun in class at Kimichi School Fun in class at Kimichi School

ENROLLING NOW FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 in all year groups (YRS 7-11)

"This wonderful and enterprising project represents one of the most courageous I've come across in the UK. Ever." - Peter Donohoe; internationally renowned classical pianist, CBE.

Welcome to Kimichi: School.... with a difference.

We're rethinking education here at Kimichi. In a good way.


New independent secondary school specialising in music opened September 8th 2014. Cheaper fees than other independents, but the same academic quality you'd expect from such institutions.


"Outstanding in English, History and Music because teachers have excellent ways of inspiring students to learn in these subjects" Ofsted, June 5th 2015.


Is your child a budding musician? Plays an instrument already, or wishes to learn one? We're the only school in the West Midlands where every child is expected to play an instrument. Unlike other music specialist schools, we are non-selective.


It's all about being part of something, whatever your ability. If you want to make music your career, we're also the place for you with links to the Birmingham Conservatoire and support from CBSO players as well as every amateur orchestra in the area and local musicians and music teachers. We also understand music competitions, auditions for music colleges, freelancing and have the expertise to help. 


There's more though;

fifteen pupils per class; no more.

personalised, friendly, warm and welcoming.

responsibilities handed more to the pupils.

a LIFE course that prepares every young person for life after school; wherever that may be.


We don't believe in shortcuts, but we also don't believe in 'putting kids in boxes'. Every child is different, learns differently, excels in different things.


We're open to parents who'd like to take a look, and any one of our trustees is always ready to have a chat about why you should trust us with your child's education. One of our trustees is Richard Jenkinson; global 'cellist and member of the CBSO.


Contact us! Be part of something that's a first for Birmingham and a push to address the ongoing problems with music education and the cuts affecting us all.

Independent but reasonably priced:
Based in Birmingham, Kimichi is fee-paying but substantially less expensive than other independent schools, and scholarships may be available. With fees at £2000 per term and assistance wherever possible, we're more accessible than other independent schools, and we have instrumental lessons, orchestra, theory, singing, class music and band/chamber ensembles all part of our normal school week. So you can save on music lessons - and our shorter terms mean you can also avoid the peak holiday prices!

No auditions:
Kimichi has an inclusive ethos, welcoming everyone from complete beginners who are willing to learn an instrument, to those who are more advanced on their musical path, seeking a challenge and assistance in tackling such things as music exams, performances, auditions and competitions.

Academic and practical excellence:
Our small classes mean a truly tailored education, covering both the national curriculum and real world experience, including international trips, household maintenance (cooking, DIY, budgeting, etc), self-defence, scuba-diving, horse-riding, finance, self-sufficiency, performing in concerts, touring and auditioning.

Building the adult:
In addition to which Kimichi has a uniquely strong student-led behaviour policy shaping the day-to-day running of the school, which all adds to a well-rounded education, aiming to see students leave with the knowledge and confidence to take on the world…

Our staff uses a variety of teaching methods to make learning fun. We try hard to foster an academic environment in which children feel comfortable so that they can study most effectively.


Check out our head's lettersupport organisations and many others here on our new website.


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In order to reach us

Kimichi School

Eastbourne House,

111 Yardley Road,

Acocks Green,


B27 6LL



You can call us on

+44 121 679 5298

+44 751 565 4793

Reception hours

School is open from 8am to 5pm


School hours are 10am to 4.35pm

You can also use our contact form.



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