Leadership Team

Chief Executive Principal (Secondary), Executive Principal and Associate Executive Principal

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Julie Slater - Chief Executive Principal

Chief Executive Principal, Secondary Julie Slater is a Chief Executive Principal, Secondary for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education. She has a proven track record of leading an ‘Outstanding’ school as Principal a...

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Dr Philip Smith - Executive Principal

Dr Philip Smith - Executive Principal. Dr Smith has a degree in Theoretical Physics, a Masters in School Leadership and a Doctorate in the Transformational Leadership of Schools. He was the Principal of Outwood Academy Portland from January 2...

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Carolyn Blundell - Associate Executive Principal

Carolyn Blundell is an Associate Executive Principal who has responsibility for the southern academies within the Trust. Carolyn is as a National Leader of Education and led, with Martyn Oliver, Outwood Academy Adwick on its journey from requiring...

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Carol Gill - Executive Assistant

Role: Strategic leadership of all systems and procedures across Outwood Academy City, Outwood Academy Newbold, Outwood Academy Adwick, Outwood Academy Danum, Outwood Academy Brumby, Outwood Academy Foxhills, Outwood Academy Portland and Outwood Ac...

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Senior Leadership Team

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Darren Smith - Principal

My experience in the teaching profession has spanned over the last 15 years. I began my career in teaching in Nottinghamshire as an ICT teacher and then progressed to become the Lead of ICT and English, whilst being part of the Senior Leadership...

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Emma Ricketts - Vice Principal

Vice Principal Deep Support, SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead Having studied Biology at Salford University I completed the Graduate Teacher Programme. I started teaching Science at Foxhills (now Outwood Academy Foxhills) in 2004. I held role...

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Danielle Sheehan - Regional Vice Principal

Regional Vice-Principal My name is Danielle Sheehan and I am excited to be undertaking the role of Vice Principal across the Southern Region. My remit is to ensure all schools are collaborative learning schools. I wholeheartedly believe that w...

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Shane Carter - Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal - Deep Experience. I started my teaching career within my chosen subject of PE 9 years ago here at Outwood Academy Foxhills. I have always had a keen interest in broadening my interests/skills within the profession, which ha...

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Sarah Stokes - Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal - Deep Learning. I started my teaching career at Outwood Academy Portland as a teacher of Design and Technology. Driven by a need to inspire and raise the aspirations of students, I worked across The Deeps supporting and lea...

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Rebecca Copeland - Business Manager

Business Manager My career with Outwood Grange Academies Trust commenced in 2012 where I worked as PA to the Principal at Outwood Academy Valley. In December 2012, I was successfully promoted to the position of Business Manager. I moved to wo...

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Associate Assistant Principals

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Claire Bradbury - Associate Assistant Principal

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Experience My teaching career began here at Outwood Academy Foxhills in 2002, where I was appointed as a teacher of Dance. Drama was introduced and the department delivered a KS4 curriculum allowing students...

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Abigail Hall - Associate Assistant Principal

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Learning I started my journey into the teaching profession back in 2011, where I began my four-year Undergraduate Masters in Chemistry (MChem Chemistry) degree at The University of Hull. After completion in ...

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Rhya Houghton - Associate Assistant Principal

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Support Following a degree in Geography and a PGCE from the University of Hull, I started my teaching career as a Teacher of Geography at Epsom and Ewell High School, Surrey. I then moved to Brinsworth Acad...

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Catia Vaz - Associate Assistant Principal

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Learning & Deep Support My teaching journey began at the University of Birmingham. Whilst in Birmingham I studied French, Spanish and Italian for four years, prior to completing my Postgraduate Certificate ...

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Directors

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Melissa Wilkinson - Director of Attendance

Regional Director of Attendance Melissa Wilkinson is the Regional Director of Attendance, working across the 8 academies that make up the Southern Region of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. She has a degree in History and a Professional Certific...

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Ben Barnes - Director of Computer Science

Director of Computer Science Ben is the Director of Computer Science and SLE responsible for the delivery of the subject across the trust. He has a BSc in Computing from the University of Leeds and was a successful Head of Department at Outwood...

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Kate Wilson - Director of Humanities

Director of Humanities Kate is the Senior Director of Humanities and SLE responsible for the delivery of History and Geography across the trust. She has a BA in History and MA in Teaching Studies from the University of York. Prior to this rol...

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Heather Holmes - Regional Director of English

Regional Director of English Heather Holmes began her career as a teacher of English in 2009. She was appointed as Head of English at Scalby School, Scarborough, in 2010, and has worked for Outwood Grange Academies Trust as a Director of Englis...

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Amanda Healy Gardner - Regional Director of Maths

Regional Director of Maths Since qualifying as a teacher in 2003 Amanda worked in schools in West Yorkshire for 11 years. Amanda held leadership positions in Maths departments for 9 of those years and with a Year 11 focus the teams achieved rec...

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Kirsty Thomas - Director of MFL

Director of Modern Foreign Languages Kirsty is the Senior Director of MFL and SLE responsible for the delivery of Languages across the trust. She has a BA and MA in French and Linguistics from the University of Oxford. Kirsty is an AST and pr...

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Jonathan Morgan - Senior Director of Performing Arts

Senior Director of Performing Arts Jonathan Morgan is the Senior Director of the Arts, responsible for the delivery of Art, Music, Drama and Dance within the trust. He began working with OGAT in 2011 whilst still working as Head of Creative Art...

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Erin Braithwaite - Director of Performing Arts

Director of Performing Arts Erin Braithwaite is Director of Performing Arts, supporting the delivery of Drama and Dance across the Trust, as well as working closely with the Senior Director of Arts to ensure students within the Trust have acces...

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Hayley Keenan - Regional Director of Science

Regional Director of Science Hayley Keenan is regional director of Science for the Southern region. She has taught science for 18 years, 6 of which she was head of science. She joined OGAT in 2015 as Head of Science at Outwood Academy City. Sh...

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Claire Attrill - Regional Inclusion & SEND Officer

Regional Inclusion & SEND Officer Claire Attrill - Regional SEND Officer Claire Attrill has a degree in human psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination. She has worked with children and young people w...

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Associate Directors

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Tristan Kirkpatrick - Associate Director of Computer Science

Associate Director of Computer Science Tristan is an Associate Director of Computer Science and Head of the Computer Science Department at Outwood Grange Academy. Tristan splits his time between Outwood Grange Academy and working with departme...

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Katharine Beckett - Associate Director of English

Associate Director of English Katharine Beckett began her career a teacher of English in 1999. In 2004, she was promoted to Lead Teacher of KS4 and in 2009 became Head of English. In 2012 she joined OGAT as Head of English at Outwood Academy Br...

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Nick Veal - Associate Director of Humanities

Associate Director of Humanities Nick is an Associate Director of Humanities with history as his specialism. Nick has a BA in Middle Eastern History from Manchester University. He has had a pastoral role as a Head of Year and been a successful ...

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Stacey Atkins - Associate Director of Maths

Associate Director of Maths Stacey qualified as a Maths teacher in 2003. In her 4th year of teaching she successfully became an Advanced Skills teacher and worked in a variety of schools for Nottinghamshire County Council to help raise the qual...

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Nicola Harris Jukes - Associate Director of MFL

Associate Director of Modern Foreign Languages Nicola is the Director of MFL responsible for supporting the Senior Director of MFL in delivering Languages across the Trust. She has a BA in Languages with Politics and Economics from the Univer...

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