Sally Alexander – Headteacher
Sally Alexander was privately educated in Harrogate before studying Music at Durham university, and then opting to practise her skills abroad. She lived in Antigua for ten years, and whilst there was given the opportunity of starting a youth orchestra. With very few resources and little support, this grew from five pupils to thirty with a waiting list, and led to international tours and the formation of a string school. She moved back to the UK five years ago, and has spent that time pursuing her passions of education and music, completing a PGCE in 2011. Her major objective since arriving back was to start an “after school” music school, but following the completion of her PGCE she identified the fact that Birmingham was missing a school that really specialised in music. This idea broadened into creating a secondary school that specialises in music, and which has a very different ethos and way of teaching, learning and day to day running. And so Kimichi was born…
Sally has spent time in the UK teaching in a maintained school, and assisting with school music projects. She is an active member of Birmingham’s musical community; performing, teaching, leading and encouraging young people to get involved. She is an avid musician, lending her skills to West Midland based groups Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St. John, Sinfonia of Birmingham, Eroica Camerata, and both the Worcester and Chandos Symphony Orchestras.
Chris Passey – Deputy Head, SEND Co
Chris has taught in a number of schools in the region as a peripatetic and classroom-based music teacher. His specialist knowledge is firmly based around the science and language of music, and he frequently uses this to enthuse and inspire the younger children.
Chris is Principal of the Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA Musical Theatre) and is dedicated to providing professional training and employment opportunities to young people around the country.
With a deep passion for science – especially Chemistry and Physics – Chris also has many years of experience working with disadvantaged young people, those in care and students will moderate to profound learning difficulties and disabilities.
Chris is co-Musical Director of Birmingham Voices, a professional choir that has toured the UK with Josh Groban, Russell Watson and works regularly with BBC Songs of Praise.
Chris was made a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in March 2016.
On Behalf of Medatis Ltd:
Denise Baker: Mental Health Practitioner & SENDCo
Christiana Carey: Guidance Councillor & Student Welfare
Naomi Shiono-Bunting: Japanese & Music (Violin, piano)
Dr. Rachel ‘Doc’ Fowler: Maths (Violin)
Josh Wunderlich: Physics, Chemistry & Music (Guitar)
Angela Maloney: Art
Charlotte Moseley: Music (Violin, piano, clarinet, saxophone)
Alina Mircea: Student Support
Maria Clemson: Student Support
Additional staff are recruited as and when the subject need arises.