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James Cocks

AAH (360 Learning) & Director of Music at Varndean School, Specialist Leader of Education (Music)
Pavilion & Downs
jcocks86@gmail.com

Summary
Music Leader with over 8 years of experience. Versatile and professional with management experience ranging
in size from small to large departments and whole school training and initiatives. Ability to think creatively
while ensuring timely completion of deadlines. A passion for learning and developing skills with young people
and adults.

SIMS Data Manger trained:


-Capita's new KS4 resources
-A8 and P8 calculations
-New GCSE grades 1-9
-SIMS Discover
-Programme of study marksheets
-Tracking grids
-Group and aspect analysis
-Individual pupil reports

Experience
Specialist Leader of Education Music
December 2017 - Present

Associate Assistant Headteacher (360 Learning) at Varndean School


September 2017 - Present

Composer/Teacher at Clockwork Music Brighton


June 2010 - Present
Teaching including CPD workshops for educators including the following highlights:

-Department of School Education & Literacy India: Using orchestral instruments in classroom context to
improve outcomes 2016
-Brighton & Hove Council: Delivering effective supportive department reviews in schools
-Varndean School: MintClass 2015
-St Mary's College Southampton 2015: Google Classroom & Apps
-Regents Park Community College (Yearly): Using your voice effectivelyCollege (Yearly 2009)

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Freelance composition including highlights from:

-Ministry of Education & Research Sweden: Soundtrack for educational videos 2016
-Department of School Education & Literacy India: Soundtrack for educational videos 2015
- NYC Ani Collective - short film soundtrack 2014

Director of Music at Varndean School


January 2015 - Present
Purpose:

The main purpose of the role is to lead and manage the Music Department, to ensure
that excellent standards are maintained and that the Department continues to excel and
progress.

Introduced musical instrument for all scheme whereby year 7s all learn to play a music instrument across the
year to develop skills and improve understanding.

Musical Director: Showcase Young Voices


May 2014 - December 2014 (8 months)
'A whole new meaning to singing. This group show that music in the south is on the rise!'

Head of Music at St Mary's College


2013 - December 2014 (2 years)
Lead and manage the Music Department, to ensure that excellent standards are maintained and that the
Department continues to excel and progress.

Ensure the delivery of a diverse music curriculum and provide music for key events throughout the year
including weekly Mass.

Teacher of Music at Regents Park Community College


September 2008 - September 2013 (5 years 1 month)

Education
University of Sussex
PGCE, (Secondary) Music, 2007 - 2008
University of Chichester
BA (Hons) Music, Music, 2004 - 2007
Activities and Societies: Chamber Choir Barbershop Group Recorder Ensemble (Harpsichord player)

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James Cocks
AAH (360 Learning) & Director of Music at Varndean School, Specialist Leader of Education (Music)
Pavilion & Downs
jcocks86@gmail.com

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