Head of School
Margaretting Primary School
Melissa studied a History BA at Southampton University before completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2012. After moving back to Surrey, Melissa started her teaching career at Lovelace Primary School as a Year 6 teacher and took on the role of Head of Year 6 in 2014. Lovelace Primary School is a large primary school that is situated in Kingston and during her time there, Melissa learnt how to be fully inclusive and educate children from a variety of backgrounds successfully as well as how to lead a team.
Melissa then moved to Essex and took up the post of Year 5/6 Teacher and English Subject Leader at Margaretting Primary School. She has enjoyed implementing the Power of Reading and standardising guided reading across the school and has secured excellent end of Key Stage 2 SATs results since 2016. Melissa is keen to develop herself as a leader and is excited to learn. In April 2019, Melissa took on the role of Deputy Headteacher at Margaretting PrimaryH. In 2020-2020 she completed her NPQSL course and produced a research project on the impact of a creative curriculum on academic results at the end of Key Stage 2. In September 2020 Melissa started her new role as Head of School and was awarded the Pearson Silver Primary Teacher of the Year Award, which are two of her greatest professional achievements to date. She also currently leads English across all of the rural primary schools and loves sharing her enthusiasm for this subject. During her time at Margaretting Primary School, Melissa has enjoyed seeing the positive effects of joining the LIFE Education Trust, such as participating in whole Trust events and forming close networks with the other schools, especially the rural primary schools.