Former Middlesbrough schoolgirl returns to support creativity in classroom

10 March 2014

A former Middlesbrough schoolgirl who now heads up a national education company has returned to take on her old primary school as a customer.

Melanie Moore attended The Avenue Primary School in Nunthorpe during the late 1970s and early eighties.

She now lives in Yorkshire and is managing director of Cornerstones Education, a company which specialises in producing creative curriculum resources to help teachers plan and prepare engaging and rigorous lessons for three to 11-year-olds.

Now nearly 90 per cent of Middlesbrough’s primary schools – including Mel’s old school – have signed up to use Cornerstones’ materials following a recent presentation by Mel at a schools’ network event in the town.

Melanie said: “I was brought up in Nunthorpe and have lots of fond memories of learning, painting, singing, drama and so on at The Avenue Primary. I remember it as a really creative time.

“It’s been fantastic to come back to Middlesbrough and start working with teachers at my old primary – and with so many others too. Our aim is to help today’s teachers save time and money and deliver creative and effective lessons which meet and exceed every one of the National Curriculum’s targets.”

Melanie left The Avenue to study at Nunthorpe Comprehensive before pursuing a career as a teacher. She taught for five years in Stockton-on-Tees at Harrowgate Primary, then moved to teach in Yorkshire schools. Melanie qualified as a headteacher and became an LEA schools advisor in Sheffield, before setting up Cornerstones Education in Barnsley 2011 with co-directors Graham Bell and Simon Hickton.

Melanie’s former classroom teacher at The Avenue Chris Wain, who is now headteacher at Pallister Park Primary which is lead school in the Middlesbrough Schools Teaching Alliance, said: “It is always really interesting to follow the careers of children you once taught and I was thrilled to see Mel at our schools network and hear all about what she is doing now.

“Out of 40 Middlesbrough primary schools, 35 were so impressed with what she had to say about Cornerstones’ offer they decided the curriculum will work for them. All Middlesbrough schools are committed to delivering as creative and engaging a curriculum as possible in order to help every child get the most out of their school day.”

The Avenue’s current headteacher Darren Gamble added: “It has been great to meet a former pupil of The Avenue and see her commitment to creative education come full circle.”

Cornerstones cross-curricular learning projects include titles such as Muck, Mess and Mixtures, Dinosaur Planet, Potions, Frozen Kingdom and Superheroes.

Mel said: “After three years of building up our creative curriculum business it feels very special to now be working with the primary school I went to and with so many other schools back in my home town.”


Photo shows l-r headteacher of The Avenue Primary Darren Gamble, Melanie Moore of Cornerstones and Chris Wain, Mel’s former teacher who is now headteacher at Pallister Park Primary, the lead school in the Middlesbrough Schools’ Teaching Alliance.

For further information please contact Julia McInally at Cornerstones on 0844 335 0300 or

Cornerstones Education Ltd was established in 2011 and now works with over 650 primary schools across England and Wales. Cornerstones produce a range of educational resources and their primary product is a creative curriculum package for three to 11-year-olds. The curriculum is packed with exciting and engaging ways to help children learn; encouraging them to engage, develop, innovate and express themselves, while at the same time meeting all government-required learning targets in the new National Curriculum 2014. Cornerstones resources are designed to help teachers deliver high quality lessons. They also save them time planning and enable them to spend more time with children in the classroom.

Cornerstones is based at Fields End Business Park, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S63 0JF, telephone 0844 33503000.  For further details, see  and follow on Twitter @Cornerstonesedu.

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