The new appointment, Nikki Holmes studied music and music performance at many prestigious institutions, including Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Nikki then completed her studies with a degree in Music Education with Qualified Teaching Status which she obtained from Sunderland University.
Nikki’s teaching history is extensive, with a total of 13 years of teaching under her belt. Her latest role was head of performing arts at Longbenton Community College where she established an award winning four-part choir before joining Polam Hall School this term.
Nikki commented: “I am really excited to be joining Polam Hall School. It’s a very important transition point for the school and it’s wonderful to be a part of it.
“I plan to build on the already strong music community and I am hoping to develop both instrumental and vocal work throughout the school, making it both accessible and fun.”
The experienced music teacher will be responsible for students taking music GCSE and A Level exams this Summer and is confident her previous experience of this challenging period will help to make it a smooth journey for both students and staff.
Nikki plays the piano and French horn and is part of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and also sings in a Newcastle based choir. She is performing as a horn soloist with Teesside Symphony Orchestra in May.
Headmaster John Moreland commented: “Nikki is a great addition to the school. We have a long tradition of high quality music teaching and a reputation for brilliant school productions and musical performances in the community. We’re sure Nikki will bring a lot to her role.”
Polam Hall is currently an independent school but is applying to become a free school from 2015 to enable them to share its educational offering to all.
It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.
For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com.