The Latymer Link - page 23

I
came to Latymer in June 2009 as Music administrator, initially to cover maternity leave for 9 months…. 6
years later and I am still here! Prior to Latymer, I worked for Camden Council for 12 years as an IT administrator
in the Revenues department.
I applied for the job as music administrator at Latymer even though it was only a temporary contract because
I wanted to work in a school which would allow me to spend the school holidays with my own children. I also
thought that working in a school environment would complement the Childhood and Youth Studies degree
that I am studying with The Open University. However, when applying for this job I was concerned that I have
no musical talent at all! Luckily there is no need for me to play any instruments. (Though I may surprise Jim
and join Fourth Orchestra in the Christmas concert one day!)
You will find me tucked away in PA30 in the Mills Building. My role is to provide administration support to the
Music Department – which includes Jim Harrison, Ellie Man, Mark DeMott and 27 peripatetic teachers (peris).
Currently, over 400 instrumental and singing lessons take place each week in the department so it is always a
very busy place.
The largest part of my role is to ensure that the music lesson timetables are completed on a weekly basis
for each of the peris; they give me their teaching days and times and I ensure that they are put on to
the noticeboard in the music block as well as Fronter, so that students and their parents can access this
information from home. The timetables can be tricky at times as Latymer is such a busy place, so there are
often trips and activities taking place which have to be considered, also our Guitar teacher has 69 students
and so pleasing everybody all of the time is not an easy task! I am also responsible for the organisation of the
400+ annual music reports and music parents evening. I arrange the hire of school instruments and monitor
payments termly, allocate music lockers to students, organise the timetables and entries for the Associated
Board Music Exams three times a year, allocate tickets for our 5 major music concerts across the year where
you will also find me front of house with Jackie Soday. I arrange the purchase of musical instruments for
students through the school’s Instrumental Purchase scheme, take minutes at our Heads of Section meetings
and also deal with all other queries from students, parents and staff via telephone, email or letter. In between
all of that there is the daily admin to be completed, trying to keep the office plant alive and ensuring the tea,
coffee and milk is in ample supply – something I sometimes fail on…
Jennifer Ranyard
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