Instrumental Lessons

Dear parent / guardian,

We are excited to be starting instrumental lessons once more at Cardinal Hume. Due to Covid regulations in school, I have outlined a few changes to our old arrangements. Please talk through these with your child before their first lesson, and do feel free to get in touch of you have any concerns.

  • Students must show their Instrumental pass card to their class teacher when they ask to leave their curriculum lesson
  • They must follow the one way system if they are moving during lesson changes (e.g. 10am)
  • They can walk directly to the Music department mid lesson (e.g. 9.15am)
  • Punctuality to lessons is very important to avoid unnecessary queueing in corridors
  • All lessons will be in T3:3 – a large, well ventilated Band room
  • Students / teachers will sit at least 2m distanced
  • Students must wait in the corridor until they are invited into the room by their teacher
  • Use hand sanitiser at the start and end of lesson
  • Students will have lessons within year group bubbles if they do not have an individual lesson
  • Students must take their instrument home after each lesson – they cannot be left in school
  • Where a student has an instrumental lesson in the morning, they may leave their instrument in the following space, picking them up at the end of the day (following the one-way system):

Y8 – P1        Y9 – P2        Y10- P3     Y11- Outside studio

12 and 13 in their work rooms behind teachers’ desk.

Charges for lessons remain at £40 per term and are payable to school by the half term break.

If you have any questions regarding our instrumental service, please do not hesitate to contact school.


R Flint

Please Click Here to download a copy of the Gateshead Music Service Risk Assessment

There are many opportunities for students to be involved in activities beyond the classroom. The following list is a guide to what is available.  Be aware that some activities are seasonal, and therefore regular times and dates are not provided. For more information, students should speak to the member of staff listed as the booking contact, or speak to any other teacher in that department. 

You can also contact the school directly and leave a message for the relevant teacher with our admin team on 0191 487 7638 or contact us through our email,

For general enquiries regarding extra-curricular activities, contact Mrs Flint.

Click here for extra curricular activities
Music For All

The Music and Performing Arts department runs a wide range of ensembles and clubs for pupils of all ages and ability.

The school choirs rehearse during lunchtimes, with the orchestra rehearsing every Wednesday after school. Students are usually expected to have reached grade 2 standard to play in the orchestra, but there are no auditions for the choirs. Rehearsals continue throughout the year in preparation for a number of performances; the annual Advent services, the spring cabaret, occasional lunchtime events and other liturgical events in school as well as numerous events around the region to which our pupils are invited.

Instrumental lessons are offered for orchestral strings, clarinet, flute, saxophone, brass and drum kit. All students who play one of these instruments at their junior school are guaranteed lessons when they join us in year 7. There are also opportunities for some pupils to take up an instrument for the first time. Whilst these are heavily subsidised, there is a small charge for instrumental lessons, enabling us to continue to offer an excellent range and quality of tuition. Instruments can be borrowed at no extra cost from the Gateshead Music Service.



There are a whole host of other clubs and activities based in and around a variety of subject or extra-curricular areas available for all students. These include Art Club, Debating Society, Homework Clubs as well as a variety of Sports and Music activities. More detailed information is available on the school website.

Edmund Campion Outdoor Adventure Club (ECO)

The school’s outdoor club organises a wide range of outdoor adventure activities throughout the school year, including gorge walking, canoeing, camping and cave exploration. Please Click Here to see the latest programme.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robson at the school.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

In Year 10, many pupils complete the DofE Bronze Award. This is a fabulous opportunity to develop a range of skills outside of the classroom environment. Anyone interested in completing this award should speak to Mrs Flint, Miss Wilson or Mr. Robson. The following link provides lots of useful information about the award:

Archery Club

The Cardinal Hume archery club continues to go from strength to strength. With expert coaching from local archer Craig Thompson students from year 7 – 12 have taken advantage of the chance to be the next Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen.
Over the winter months students have been working on target archery using recurve bows in he warmth of the sports hall, as summer approaches we are now moving outside to mix target archery with some games of clout using the long bows.

Students are making excellent progress and developing a new skill. The commitment and focus shown by the full age range of students has been tremendous and it is hoped the club will continue to develop over the years to come.