An enthusiastic, confident and successful ex-teacher looking for a new direction.
I've taken the brave decision to leave teaching and find something new to put my mind to. I have many transferable skills and want to find a career that really ignites my passion, as teaching did.
Catholic High School, Head of Music, Cheadle Hulme
September 2010 to June 2011
St James' Catholic High School, Cheadle Hulme
In my current post I have been in charge of the music department as a whole at a mixed, 11 - 16 comprehensive school where music and the performing arts are an integral part of school life. This includes writing and constantly developing the relevant curricula and resources for the five different year groups, including the GCSE Music course. In Easter of this year, the department was given a suite of 10 iMacs, meaning that I had to change and update my schemes of work to include Music Technology as this is on the Curriculum for Music.
As the only teacher of the subject I have been in control of every aspect, from the day-to-day teaching to the running of the many extra-curricular clubs and managing the team of instrumental teachers, including their timetabling and liaising with parents. It was also part of my responsibilities to oversee and operate within the Music budget.
St Damian's RC Science College, Head of Music, Ashton-Under-Lyne
August 2009 to July 2010
* A mixed, 11 - 16 comprehensive school. ;
* Maintained and established many different musical ensembles and schemes of work. ;
* Continued GCSE Music (Edexcel) with Year 11, implemented a brand new BTEC (First) Music course with the Year 9 and 10s, continued with the Key Stage 3 curriculum which I developed myself. ;
* Musical Director in the acclaimed school production of Grease in March 2010.;
* Maintained the Girls Choir and Orchestra, revamped the boys choir into the `Brat Pack', singing more age-appropriate chart songs to get more boys interested in singing. I also created a `Glee Choir' and an accompanying band which included both pupils and staff.;
West Hill School, Stalybridge
August 2008 to June 2009
West Hill School, Stalybridge
West Hill is a boys school catering for boys between the ages of 11-16.
Buile Hill High School, Salford
Buile Hill is an inner-city mixed 11-16 comprehensive school.
September 2007 to June 2008
Hulley and Kirkwood, Manchester
Hulley and Kirkwood is a mechanical and electrical engineering company in the centre of Manchester. I was the sole administrator/receptionist at this city centre-based office and had general office managerial duties. I was in charge of the daily running of the office, answering the phones, greeting visiting clients, organising the Director's diary including travel and accommodation on a regular basis, re-organising the filing system, running the database and I was also put in charge of an office move when the company relocated.
Lucy Walker Recruitment, employee, Manchester
August 2007 to September 2007
Temporary Staff, Lucy Walker Recruitment, Manchester
I worked at this recruitment agency as a `temp to perm' employee, mainly taking on administrative roles due to my experience. However, I didn't work for the company long as within a month I was offered one of my temp roles as a permanent appointment. See above.
Womens Royal Voluntary Service, sole volunteer, Manchester
November 2005 to November 2006
Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester (
For four hours a week during university I was the sole volunteer at the Ante-Natal Clinic Tea Bar, selling teas/coffees and cakes etc., and at the end of a shift I had the responsibility of re-stocking, cashing up and locking up.
The Oakdale Centre, Receptionist, Administrator, Harrogate
November 2004 to November 2006
( (seasonal work))
As the only person in this role at the psychotherapy and counselling centre, I was responsible for dealing with client appointments, general office managerial duties and overseeing and organising the work of the 18 practitioners in the centre. I worked full time for the company in most of the university holidays.
B.E.D. Restaurant, Waitress, Harrogate
November 2003 to November 2004
Pine Marten Bistro, Waitress, Harrogate
November 2002 to November 2003
Travail Employment Group, Waitress, Harrogate
November 2001 to November 2003
Temporary Staff, Travail Employment Group, Harrogate
During my A-Levels, and particularly during the school holidays, I worked for Travail as a temp, mainly taking on roles at the Harrogate Conference Centre as a Waitress or similar.
Lancaster's Bakery, Retail assistant, Harrogate
November 2000 to November 2003
(Saturdays only) with added responsibilities for regular client orders.
PGCE: Secondary (Music), PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University
Music, MusB (Hons.) at The University of Manchester