Congratulations to our very own Ms Stephens who was yesterday named ‘Music teacher of the year’ at the Outstanding for All awards yesterday.
Ms Stephens is a cellist who joined Alexandra Park School in its first year of opening back in 1999. Her input to music, as head of department, is underpinned by her commitment to inclusivity, team and partnership working and the pursuit of excellence. Her philosophy is that there are few situations, however challenging, that music-making cannot improve. Whilst a great spotter and nurturer of musical talent - she has seen recent students join renowned conservatoires in London and Glasgow and graduate from Cambridge University. Ms Stephen’s key characteristic as a music teacher is her advocacy of music as a tool to widen participation, address disadvantage and develop self-esteem.
As a member of The Mayor’s Music Education Task Force she has been pivotal in helping to develop a music curriculum for London that engages as many children as possible; provides challenge, stimulation and support for London music teachers; and makes explicit how music can be used in the classroom as a tool to address society’s inequities. Her leadership has seen the broadening of APS music curriculum to include BTEC, A level and GCSE which has led to the engagement of many more students.
Ms Stephens was recognised because she has made music a vibrant, inclusive, creative, ever-evolving and absolutely integral part of school life at Alexandra Park School.”