The school has a highly varied catchment with children coming from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. It has a higher than national average proportion of children with SEND, many of whom make well above average progress by the time they leave Year 6. Having led the school through a number of successful Ofsted Inspections, Mel has undertaken a number of additional roles at different times including Primary Strategy Consultant Leader, School Improvement Partner, Section 48 Inspector and Local Leader of Education from the start of the primary section of the highly successful London Challenge. She found it a privilege to work with colleagues where schools have moved from Satisfactory to Good and from Good to Outstanding.
More recently, Mel has become a National Leader of Education, working with the London Leadership Strategy in school-to-school support - which has increasingly drawn on the skills of the St Mary’s middle and senior leaders.
Over the past year, leading the primary section of Securing Good has further developed school-to-school support, both for school leaders at a strategic level and class teachers in developing good practice. Now also Ofsted trained, Mel is able to bring this perspective to school-to-school support.