Patrick has taught music for 24 years across the full range of age and ability. Described as "outstanding" and "inspirational" by Ofsted, Patrick's work in the classroom has been at the cutting-edge of music education.
As well as teaching a wide range of examination courses, Patrick has been a curriculum innovator in music, with many of his ideas published and used all over the world. Patrick became and Advanced Skills Teacher of music in 2001.
He has has taught GCSE Music since it began in 1988, and has entered more than 500 students for the exam. He now teaches the new BTEC in music to the very large numbers of students who opt for music at Ifield. His exam results have been consistently outstanding at all levels.
Patrick has taught A Level music for more than 20 years with Edexcel, OCR and Welsh Board as Well as Music Technology, Performing Arts and BTEC Level 3 Music and Music Technology. Patrick has also taught Drama, French and English - up to A Level.
He stages an enormous number of music events for young people at the school, including concerts, workshops and musicals. He has been the musical director for school productions of Into The Woods (Sondheim) The Wiz, Grease, Bugsy Malone and Oliver as well as mounting concert performances of Les Miserables and other West End shows.
He has orgainsed 6 overseas perdormance tours for students, giving students opportunities to perform in world class venues, such as St Mark's Basillica in Venice, Barcelona Cathedral and the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux. He has worked on educational partnersips with a very wide range of professionals including The London Sinfonietta, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Babatunde Lea and Surrey Opera.
Patrick won a Guardian Award for his teaching in 2004. What did the Teaching Awards think?
What did Ofsted think?
Patrick has been through Ofsted 4 times (1996, 2000, 2002 and 2007). He has been identified as an outstanding teacher at all four inspections,
“Music teaching is of a high calibre and some is quite exceptional. It is marked by high expectations and a conviction that all students can achieve.”
“Leadership and management of the faculty are exemplary. The head of faculty has a clear vision for the direction of the department and has inspired his colleagues. The work of the department is regularly and systematically monitored, and the class teachers, instrumental teachers and classroom assistant all have a shared vision and commitment to raise standards. The department contributes much to the ethos of the college and provides an exemplary model of high quality teaching, learning, leadership and management.”
“Students receive a first rate education in singing, and benefit from lessons covering a broad spectrum of choral works, ranging from Palestrina to contemporary popular music.”
“Advanced Level (GCE) success is impressive, and results are above the national average.”
“Students enjoy music lessons and develop positive attitudes to their learning. The responses of higher and lower attaining students are equally positive.”
“Standards in music are high. Pupils across the ability range achieve well in music.”
“The number of A*-C grades is more than double the school average. There is an equal number of boys and girls following the GCSE course.”
“Teaching is very good; teachers' subject knowledge and understanding are excellent; the best teaching is inspirational, motivating pupils to achieve high standards.”
“Music makes a very strong contribution to pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
“The head of department provides excellent leadership, a clear sense of vision and commitment to music education in its widest sense.”
Link to: SPECIAL PROJECTS 1988-2010
Alongside his classroom teaching, Patrick has provided an exceptional extended curriculum for students and has organised hundreds of concerts, overseas tours, special musical events, collaborations and workshops.