Mark Richards

Personal Details
Name: Mark Richards
Address: 1 Southview Avenue

Telephone: Work: 0118 918 7320
Mobile: 07725 214722
Fax: Work: 0118 918 7310


1978-1985: Dartmouth High School and Hydesville Tower School


1986-1989: University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
BMus First Class
Part 1 Education (compulsory subsidiary subject)

1989-1990: University of London, King’s College
MMus Theory & Analysis

1990-1993: University of Wales, College of Cardiff
Research/Teaching Fellowship: Prolongation in the Music of Webern


1986-1989: Open Scholarship: University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
1989: Sir Walford Davies Award for Academic Achievements: University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
1989-1990: British Academy Award for MMus studies: University of London, King’s College
1990-1993: Research/Teaching Fellowship: University of Wales, College of Cardiff


1993-1995: Assistant Director of Music – Port Regis School
1995-1997: Head of Academic Music – Woldingham School
1997-2004: Director of Music – West Buckland School (Boarding House Tutor: 1997-2000)
2004-2008: Head of Sixth Form – Saint Martin’s School
2005-2008: Director of Studies & Head of Sixth Form – Saint Martin’s School
2008-2018: Deputy Head – Academic – Queen Anne’s School
2018-Present: Senior Deputy Head – Queen Anne’s School

Higher Education Employment

1991-1993: Tutor in Music Analysis – University of Wales, College of Cardiff
1991-1993: Tutor in Music: Extra Mural Department – University of Wales College of Cardiff
1993-1996: Tutor in Music: Department of Continuing Education – Bristol University
1996-2010: Tutor in Music: Open University A214 Summer School

Examination Experience

1996-1999: AL Music Examiner: EDEXCEL – Papers 4 & 8
1997-1998: AL Music Examiner: OCR – Paper 6
1997-2000: AL Performing Arts Examiner: OCR – Music Module
1997-2010: International Baccalaureate Examiner – Extended Essay, Musical Investigation, Listening Paper
2002-2005: AS Music Moderator: OCR
2002-2005: A2 Music Moderator: AQA
2003-2010: Team Leader: International Baccalaureate – Musical Investigation, Listening Paper
2005-2010: Deputy Chief Examiner: International Baccalaureate
2010-2011: Principal Examiner: International Baccalaureate – Musical Investigation

IB Workshops

February 2007: Geneva International School: 2 day workshop focusing on all aspects of the music diploma programme

Inspection Experience
April 2001:
Clifton College: Music, Theatre Studies, Assessment & Recording, Attendance, Boarding
February 2002: Rugby School: Music, Assessment & Recording, Boarding
November 2002: Ipswich School: Music, General Studies, Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff, Attendance
November 2003: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield: Music, Assessment & Recording, Links With Parents & The Community
January 2006: Thornton College: Curriculum Group 3, The Quality of Pastoral Care and the Welfare, Health and Safety of Pupils
October 2006: St Catherine’s, Twickenham: Curriculum Group 3 (plus Mathematics and ICT), The Quality of Pastoral Care and the Welfare, Health and Safety of Pupils
April 2008: Benenden School: Curriculum Group 3, The Quality of Pastoral Care and the Welfare, Health and Safety of Pupils
January 2010: Ocbrook School: Curriculum Group 3 – 2 Day Initial Inspection
October 2010: Manchester High School for Girls: Curriculum Group 3, Teaching and Assessment – Standard Visit
September 2011: Appointed ISI Boarding Team Inspector
December 2011: Taunton School: Pilot Integrated Inspection
March 2014: Stephen Perse Foundation: Curriculum Group 3; SMSC

Consultancy Work

March 2011: St Lawrence College – Preparing for ISI Inspection
June 2011: Shiplake College – Appointment of Housemasters
March 2013: Shiplake College – Appointment of Director of Studies
November 2013: Shiplake College – Philosophy & Ethics Departmental Audit
January 2017: Shiplake College – Appointment of Senior Housemaster


September 2009-2013: School Governor: Rupert House School
September 2011-2014: Secretary GSA (South Central) – Deputy Heads’ Cluster Group
September 2012: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
January 2016: Orchestral Manager: Kairos Ensemble
May 2018-2020: Trustee of Soundabout
May 2019-2022: Trustee of PSB
June 2019: Member – Chartered College of Teaching
June 2020: School Governor: St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne, including Staff Liaison Governor
September 2021: Trustee of Society for Music Analysis
May 2022: Committee Member – Society of Minimalist Music
June 2022: Member – Society for Musicology in Ireland
July 2023: Coventry University Governor: Education Committee and Research Committee
September 2023: Coventry University Safeguarding Governor
October 2023: School Governor: Exeter Cathedral School


Webern’s String Quartet Op. 22 – Music Teacher, 10/96
Theoretical Awareness – Music Teacher, 11/96
Advanced Music – Heinemann, 05/01
Prolongation In Webern’s Op. 7/1 – WBS AJ, 0/01
Listening In GCSE Music – Ensemble (MMA), 01/02
Webern’s Op.10/4: A Set-Theoretical Analysis – WBS AJ, 09/02
EDEXCEL Compositional Techniques – Classroom Resources,10/02
OCR AS Composing 1 – Classroom Resources, 09/03
OCR AS Composing: Harmonisation of Traditional Folksongs – Classroom Resources, 09/04
OCR GCSE Terminal Task Exercises – Classroom Resources, 10/06
EDEXCEL AS Composing: Minimalism – Classroom Resources, 10/06
Expectation in Music: Music and Mind – Ensemble (MMA), 03/16
Senior Leadership – Ensemble (MMA), 07/17


  • Music theory

Teaching types

  • Adult Learning
  • Curriculum Music
  • Individual lessons
  • Large group lessons

Legal documentation

  •   Enhanced DBS Disclosure with Children’s Barred List

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