• The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Chase High School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Westcliff On Sea, Essex


Melanie is an inspiration to her team, her pupils and the wider community.  She is leading IT innovation across Southend in some of the most deprived areas in Essex.  Her work with primary schools led to a designation as a Digital Schoolhouse, providing expertise, training and access to high quality workshops that have inspired and challenged pupils and staff to think differently.   

As part of the school’s keen commitment to digital games development and learning, Melanie has developed strong links with the ‘Every Child Online’ charity to establish an eSports lab with high spec gaming computers, as well as a market-leading gaming centre with VR technology.  This led to a growing uptake of female pupils in Games Development and Information Technology across all key stages.  She also runs a Code Club, providing students with the opportunity to use an array of single board computers, robotics and project kits.   

Melanie’s passion, commitment and expertise has raised aspirations across the school and shown the art of the possible in the community that she serves.