Since gaining a BEd. in primary teaching from the University of Reading, I have had the opportunity to work in a wide range of schools from small schools to large inner-city primary schools. Early in my career, I was fortunate to be part of the Department for Educations Fast Track teachers scheme for future leaders; this developed my passion for school leadership and helped me gain skills such as coaching and becoming an NLP practitioner. I fell in love with Basildon Primary the first time I looked round, and was thrilled to be appointed as headteacher in March 2017. Over the last few years, it has been a privilege to lead the school on its exciting journey.  I am passionate about developing a school where every child has the opportunity to experience rich learning, excellent teaching and strong personal development. I love Basildon so much that as a family we relocated to the area and my two children, Isla and Fraser now attend the school. When I’m not at work I like playing the piano, singing and walking our dog, Luna.

Miss Melissa Cliffe


Basildon CE Primary School,
School Lane,
Upper Basildon,


01491 671 445