Leadership Team

Principal and Executive Principal


Dr Philip Smith

Dr Philip Smith is an Executive Principal. Dr Smith has a degree in Theoretical Physics and later went on to achieve a Masters in School Leadership and a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership of Schools. Dr Smith was Deputy Headteacher at...

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Julie Slater

Julie Slater is Regional CEO for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education. She has a proven track record of leading an ‘Outstanding’ school as Principal at Outwood Grange Academy and has considerable experience of workin...

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Senior Leadership Team


Gavin Swinscoe

Associate Principal I began my teaching career in 2002 as a PE teacher following my graduation from Loughborough University. After 18 months I gained promotion to Head of Department at Valley School, Worksop. When we joined Outwood Grange Academi...

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Adrian Conyers

Adrian Conyers is Assistant Principal of Deep Experience and Deep Support. He is responsible for the Information Advice and Guidance available to students. He Co-ordinates the Year 8 into 9 and Year 10 into 11 Guided Pathways. He develops, monito...

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Andrew Saxton

​Andrew Saxton is Associate Assistant Principal working across Deep Learning and Deep Support. His focus is on NQT/ITT programmes and also working with data, behaviour and attendance.

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Carol Gill

Role: Strategic leadership of all systems and procedures across Outwood Academy City, Outwood Academy Newbold, Outwood Academy Portland and Outwood Academy Valley. I work with staff on all aspects of inclusion, intervention, attendance and behavio...

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Darren Smith

Darren Smith is Vice Principal across Outwood City, Newbold, Portland and Valley. Darren has been in the teaching profession for the past 12 years and joined Outwood Academy Valley in June 2014 as an Assistant Principal. His passion and experie...

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David Sim

David Sim is the Vice Principal for Deep Experience.

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Emma Ferrarelli

Emma Ferrarelli is an Assistant Principal and works across Deep Learning and Deep Experience. She is responsible for developing teaching and learning, supporting staff training and sharing best practice across the academy. Within Deep Experience E...

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Jo Cutts

Jo Cutts is Inclusion Coordinator at Outwood Academy Portland and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Jo leads the Inclusion and SEND Team to provide accessibility for learning which enables the best possible outcomes for all students. As a...

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Marie Sly

​Marie Sly is an assistant principal for Deep Support. Marie leads on intervention and works alongside the inclusion team to ensure students are fully supported in the run up to their final exams.

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Mark Richards

Associate Assistant Principal for Deep Experience with responsibility for leading the HeppSY+ project at Outwood Academy Portland, which encourages young people to learn about their Higher Education options. I am also Head of Faculty for Design ...

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Michele McClune

Michele McClune is Associate Assistant Principal – Deep Support. I am also Office Manager and responsible for five members of the administration team that support the academy, I have worked within this roll for over 30 years. I work across Outwo...

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Michelle Longmore

Vice Principal for Deep Learning- I joined the teaching profession in 2006, when I started as a teacher of Drama. Since 2010 I have held various different leadership positions at Outwood Academy Valley, Worksop and Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefiel...

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Sam Motion

Sam Motion is Associate Assistant Principal working across Deep Learning and Deep Experince. Her focus is on careers and also staff health and well being and student praise.

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Stephen Lambert

Stephen Lambert is the Business Manager for the academy and has responsibility for staffing, premises, HR, payroll and recruitment. He joined us in March 2013 having worked as a School Business Manager in Lincolnshire for 3 years. He has nearly 30...

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