Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Melanie Poyda

Kennet School

The Award for Outstanding Use of Technology, supported by Google

Thatcham, Berkshire

Mel joined Kennet School in 2010 following completion of a Graduate Training Programme and has established herself as an exceptional teacher and Head of Department.

She is an outstanding and passionate teacher of Computing. She has a clear philosophy about her teaching, and strongly believes and communicates that to be the best teacher you have to love what you do and she does. To Mel, Computing is her ‘world’ both in school and at home; her passion for her subject is demonstrated in the classroom and translated into pupils’ learning, and the high outcomes they achieve.

She is highly regarded by pupils and they have the trust and confidence in her that they can succeed. Both pupils and parents have used the word ‘inspirational’ to describe Mel.