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Nicola Smith

Joint Principal and DDSL - Chetham’s School of Music

Nicola started her career over twenty years ago within the maintained sector teaching in areas with high levels of economic deprivation.  She has taught all of the arts subjects, led both curriculum and pastoral care in her time as a Senior Leader in three contrasting Schools.. Nicola became the Joint Principal of Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, a Specialist Music School for 8-18 yr. olds in 2020.  Nicola has a passion for helping young people realise their talents, achieve their academic potential and to thoroughly enjoy their whole School experience. Her commitment to ensuring good outcomes for students means that she has a comprehensive grasp of student issues including safeguarding, she still directly leads the pastoral and safeguarding teams at the School.