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Mrs Indra Riches, Head of Music Specialism

Mrs Riches is an exceptional music teacher, with excellent academic credentials. She is also a talented pianist and voice coach who is well known for her commitment to developing Island music programmes, including Chairing the Isle of Wight Music Committee.

Mrs Riches has a first class honours degree from De Montford University, where she studied classical piano and composition under the minimalist composer Gavin Bryars. She went on to obtain a teaching qualification from Oxford Brookes University, before moving abroad to take up a post as Director of Music at Iceland’s Tónlistarskoli Vopnafjördur. For three years, she taught classes and instrumental lessons, also taking the lead for community music. Moving back to England, she taught music to children with behavioural and emotional difficulties, before accepting the position of Head of Music at the Long Eaton School, a highly successful school in Derbyshire.

Mrs Riches moved to the Island in 2006, and her house is full of four children, two pianos, two drumkits, four guitars, ukeleles, amps, microphones and gramophones.



Mrs Riches has taught pupils in a wide range of settings and believes that everyone can benefit from a love of music. As a teacher of music – and also recently as a Head of Music – she has worked hard to raise the profile of music within schools and the wider community. She is passionate about the academic and pastoral benefits that music can offer.

Mrs Riches’ goals…

I am genuinely excited to lead in the development of music at The Island Free School and look forward to supporting pupils, parents and staff in fulfilling their potential.
Mrs Riches

Mrs Indra Riches

Head of Music Specialism



A levels in English, History and Sociology

Undergraduate degree in Music and Theatre Studies: First class honours

PGCE Music: Qualified

Pupil progress

Expectations of pupil progress

A progress measure identifies improvement in learning and therefore is a good measure of the impact an individual teacher has had on a pupil or class. Pupils are expected to make a minimum of 3 points’ progress in each subject each year. As part of teacher appraisals we will report on the average progress made by classes taught by each of our teachers. An average of three points is the expected progress measure. A progress measure of 4 points or more highlights good to outstanding teaching and learning. All progress measures at the Island Free School are taken from externally marked or moderated exams taken at the end of the year.

Mrs I. Riches – Head of Music

Average Progress

All pupils taught: 4.0
Girls: 4.0
Boys: 4.1
Free Schools Meals pupils: 4.3
Pupil Premium: 4.9
SEN pupils: 5.2

Contact info

Got a question? Email Mrs Riches

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