The first Classic FMTES Music Teacher of the Year award

25th June 1999 at 01:00
(Photograph) - The first Classic FMTES Music Teacher of the Year is Rob Whale, 33, head of music at Bradfield School, a 900-pupil, 11-16 comprehensive in Sheffield. His nominators, Phil and Jenny West and two of their sons, Andy and Danny, say he has transformed music at the school, with thriving GCSE classes and numerous extra-curricular activities. Mr Whale was one of five music teachers shortlisted from different regions. He has a Performing Arts degree from Middlesex (then Polytechnic) where he also did his PGCE. He still writes music, often songs for the school choir which "on a good day could be about 100 people". South African, especially Zimbabwean, music is a particular passion with him. His instruments are violin, guitar, percussion, piano and vocals. Recently he masterminded a 10-hour Musicathon to raise funds for his department.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now