Originally from Leicestershire, England, Mark Lee is classically trained on the piano, achieving Grades 1-8 (distinction). He was awarded the Guildhall School of Music and Drama certificate of performance in 2001. At university Mark chose to study jazz piano for three years whilst studying his undergraduate degree. After graduating, he embarked on a highly successful career as a session musician, performing both solo and in ensembles as a pianist and vocalist.
After being awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in popular music and recording, Mark studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has continued his professional development throughout his teaching career and successfully completed the nationally recognised Middle Leadership and Development Programme and the Adding Leadership Value course from The National College.
Mark is an experienced teacher who draws on his education and session musician background. He has more than 10 years’ teaching and leadership experience, including holding posts as head of music and head of performing arts in previous roles. He has also worked in top performing specialist colleges and schools, including a post-16 college that was in the top 10 in England for results and progress.
Mark believes that students should celebrate their diversity and be encouraged to follow their own paths. He believes firmly in leading by example and has high expectations of himself and his students. He is passionate about not just creating a supportive learning environment, but one where students can build confidence and learn to develop resilience, creativity and high aspirations. Being familiar with King’s College School, Wimbledon, Mark understands its world-class reputation and ethos and is excited to be joining such a distinguished establishment in world education.
As part of an extensive co-curricular programme, the music department offers more than 15 CCAs, including instrumental lessons, orchestra, choir, piano club, samba band, guitar group, music theory and many more. As head of expressive arts, Mark uses his extensive experience in performing and musical directing to work and support the art and drama departments to produce full-scale exhibitions, musical productions, events and galas. As a successful junior track athlete and footballer during school and college, Mark enjoys playing football and going skiing, as well as travelling and experiencing different countries and cultures.