Melissa graduated from The University of Manchester with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Drama. She spent some time adapting and directing plays and working in television whilst studying for her degree. Following this, she began her teaching career in Redcar and Cleveland where she gained QTS through the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. Later she worked at an Academy in Watford where she was the Assistant Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts and MFL. Melissa joined Outwood Grange Academies Trust as an Assistant Principal in 2014 at Acklam. She has worked across several of the Academies including: Bishopsgarth, Easingwold and Ripon where she was the Head of Sixth Form. Most recently, Melissa was the Associate Principal at Redcar for 18 months and Vice Principal at Outwood Academy Acklam. Melissa is delighted to be part of the Riverside team and is committed to raising standards, she feels passionate that all students receive the best possible education and have equal opportunity to succeed.