Mrs Cracknell

Music Teacher

BA (Hons), PGCE (Music)

What led you to be a teacher?

At the age of seven I used to say “When I grow up I want to be a music teacher”, and here I am! I was greatly inspired by my primary music teacher; she gave me a love for the subject and encouraged and supported me.

What’s the best part of your job?

Teaching a subject that I am passionate about. I can share this love for the subject with enthusiastic children who are always keen to learn.

If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be doing now?

I would probably still be working in the music field – probably composing, arranging and recording music, as I love the technical side – using computer software and recording equipment. Or something creative – I love arts and crafts.

What’s your most memorable moment as a teacher?

I have lots of great memories from the fourteen years that I have worked at Branwood. I particularly enjoyed the surprise assembly that the children performed for me when I got married – and again when I had my baby. They were very touching.

How would you like to be remembered by your pupils?

I would like to be remembered as an encouraging and supportive teacher who made music fun, and gave each child a love for the subject that they carried into adult life.

What surprises you about Branwood?

I continue to be surprised, yet delighted, at how well behaved our children are. When I plan my lesson I know that I will cover the whole topic as the children will listen and work hard.

What makes you proud of Branwood?

I am proud of the music department at Branwood. We have gained several awards, continue to achieve amazing exam results from the ABRSM and we received an ‘Outstanding’ grade from our last Ofsted report. I am also very proud of all of our talented, hardworking pupils.

If you had one word to sum up life at Branwood, what would it be?