• The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • Chiswick School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • London

Zac started at Chiswick School in 2020 as a trainee Maths teacher. However, when a vacancy in Music emerged a few months later, and despite having no previous experience, Zac took on the challenge of revitalising the department and specifically, increasing participation. He brought a whole new way of developing Music. Within only a few months, participation had risen and the school was producing twice as many concerts.

The Orchestra has grown to 30, and seven bands across the key stages are mentored by Zac and his colleague, ranging from Year 7 to 13. They all have their own name and style and Zac has established a healthy competitiveness between the groups. He has overseen a growing choral group, who perform classical concerts in churches across the area and the rock bands have local residencies. The steel pan group also now perform across the area and have made quite a reputation for themselves.

Zac has also set up a scholarship fund that gives some students the opportunity to take peripatetic music lessons at school.