King James's School

Year 11 Torch Song 

Torch Song has been developed from CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and their focus on the idea of having a song that can help lift a mood and ‘guide us out of the dark’:

The King James’s community were invited to nominate their own Torch Song with a reason for their song...


Week 2 - 13.1.20: "Don't give up, don't let go of your dreams & keep the music…" (parent choice) 

New Radicals - You get what you give (1998)


Week 1 - 6.1.20: “It's time to spread our wings and fly”

John Lennon - Just like starting over (1980)


​​​​​​​CHRISTMAS TORCH SONG​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Week 7 - 16.12.19: "I was 9 when this came out and I remember being really excited about all the big bands and singers of the time getting together. When I saw the video and listened to the words, it broke my heart and for the first time I realised the amount of suffering in the world. It still reminds to be grateful for what I do have and I count my blessings all the time" (staff choice)

Band Aid - Do they know its Christmas (1984)



Week 6 - 9.12.19: "This song makes me feel so alive" (staff choice)

Come all ye faithful - Pentatonix (2016)

Oh come, all ye faithful - King's College Cambridge (2009)



Week 5 - 2.12.19: "This song gets me into the Christmas spirit. It makes me feel happy" (student choice)

Last Christmas - Wham (1984)


Week 4 - 25.11.19: “This reminds me of dancing around with my mum when I was younger” (student choice)

Stevie Wonder - Uptight (1966)


Week 3 - 18.11.19: "It’s a banger" (staff choice)

Dream Frequency - Feel so real (1992)


Week 2 - 11.11.19: "It makes me feel special" (student choice)

Catfish and the Bottlemen - Cocoon (2014)


Week 1 - 4.11.19: “This song just makes me feel good” (parent choice)

Rudimental - Feel the love (2013)


Week 7 - 21.10.19: "When I feel sad I play this song and it cheers me up and makes me feel happy" (Student choice)

Gorillaz - Humility (2018)


Week 6 - 14.10.19: "I am a big REM fan, and this is nothing like their usual stuff. Even so, it never fails to put a smile on my face" (Staff choice)

REM - Shiny Happy People (1991)


Week 5 - 7.10.19: "This song reminds me to make the most of every day. Some people are not as lucky as me and I am grateful for what I have" (Staff choice)

Bill Withers - Lovely Day (1977 - original)


Week 4 - 30.9.19: "Inspirational video, I never get sick of hearing this" (parent choice)

The Script - Superheroes (2014)


Week 3 - 23.9.19: "The song makes me feel happy no matter what mood I am in" (Parent choice)

Pharrell Williams - Happy (2013)


Week 2 - 16.9.19: "This song reminds me to expect good from others and if I don't get it - walk away! I'm worth it" (Staff)

Nancy Sinatra - These boots were made for walking (1966)


Week 1 - 9.9.19: "The words of the song remind me to keep going even when things seem tough" (Staff)

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (1979)

The words of the song remind me to keep going even when things seem tough