Chetham’s School of Music

Synergia supports huge restructure at Chetham’s School of Music

Chetham’s School of Music drew on Synergia’s expertise from a different point of view. Rather than training, Clare from Synergia helped Alun Jones, Principal at the school to recruit and restructure in a seamless and efficient manner.

Alun, who has known Clare since 2014 and has built a strong relationship with the company through various meetings at conferences, called on Synergia to help him complete the mammoth task for restructuring the school.

Using Clare’s HR expertise around recruitment and selection approaches, as well as psychometric assessment, three new recruits have joined Chetham’s School of Music.

He said: “I informed Clare that I wanted to do a complete restructure of the Senior Leadership Team at  Chetham’s School of Music. The structure at the time was very traditional and old fashioned. There were two deputy heads and that didn’t reflect the needs of the school.

“We’re a specialist music school with special music and academic programmes. We’re a truly international boarding school and we are home to the Stoller Hall, concert venue. So we wanted to restructure to align with all of this.

Alun and Clare worked closely together right from the initial concept through to hiring. Alun added: “Clare helped us to come up with the job descriptions which we worked with her and the solicitors closely on.

“She looked at the interview process, made sure all the questions would search out what we needed. She also did the score testing with their individual profiles and sat in on the interviews. Now we have one exceptional Vice Principal and three heads of school.”

The restructure was complete over 2017 to 2018. Alun added: “It was a joy working with Clare and it all went incredibly well. The process was superb. Restructures in schools are never easy but it went very smoothly and our Vice Principal is excellent.

“We will certainly be working with Clare again in the future too but right now things are steady and stable for us, which is all thanks to Synergia.”

To see if you or your team could benefit from a course or consultation with Synergia visit our Teacher CPD page here or call the team on 01785 319128.

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