Melissa Hendry has wanted to be a Teacher for as long as she can remember. Once in her career she quickly realised she has a passion for teaching students with Special Needs in a multicultural society.
Melissa started her career as a Teacher in 2004 and steadily took on more responsibility, in 2006 she successfully became an Advanced Skills Teacher. Melissa subsequently became Croydon’s first AST of special needs. This role led her to become an active member of the school’s Leadership and Management Team and of a Multi-Schools Inclusion Leadership Team.
These experiences motivated Melissa to take her career forward and in 2009 she enrolled on a Masters of Specific Learning Difficulties in Melbourne, Australia. This course broadened her experiences and knowledge of special needs as well as giving her an invaluable insight into a different education system.
On Melissa’s return from Australia she had the opportunity to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to reception aged pupils meaning she has taught children in every year of Primary School. In 2013 she became Assistant Headteacher and has been in her current role as Deputy Head since 2015.
Melissa is extremely passionate about supporting pupils with special needs and gives her all to ensuring all pupils reach their potential.