Leadership Team

Principal and Executive Principal

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Julie Slater

Julie Slater is 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 at Outwood Grange Academy and has considera...

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Dr Philip Smith

Dr Philip Smith is an 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 Janu...

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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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Gavin Swinscoe

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 Academies Trust, ...

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Senior Leadership Team

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David Sim

David Sim is the Vice Principal for Deep Experience.

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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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Marie Sly

​Marie Sly is an Assistant Principal for Deep Support/Experience. I joined Outwood Academy Portland in June 2012 as a business and ICT teacher, before moving to the Senior Leadership Team in 2015. In my current role I work alongside our year 10 ...

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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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Danielle Sheehan - 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 when students learn from one...

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Esther Gray

I trained to teach through the Outwood Institute of Education in 2016. Since completing my training, I have worked at Outwood Academy Portland as a maths teacher. This year I am working as Second in Department in Mathematics and Associate Assistan...

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Jo Rigby

Jo Rigby is an Assistant Principal and joined Outwood Academy Portland in April 2019. In her previous roles she has held leadership responsibilities across a number of disciplines and is now responsible for Deep Learning at Outwood Academy Portlan...

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Raychelle Swift

I started my career in teaching at Valley Comprehensive in Worksop which later converted to Outwood Academy Valley. Following this I worked across Outwood Academy City and Newbold to support teaching and learning in my role as Lead Teacher in Math...

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Stacey Anderson

I am Inclusion Coordinator at Outwood Academy Portland and I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I lead the Inclusion and SEND Team to provide accessibility for learning which enables the best possible outcomes for all students. As a design...

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Abi Sayers

Abigail Sayers studied Mathematics at University of Leeds and completed her Masters in 2004. Inspired by her own educational experiences she embarked on her PGCE training and successfully passed in 2005. She worked at an inner city school in Leeds...

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Ben Barnes

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 Grange Academy in Wakefield. ...

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Carol Gill

I am Executive Officer working across 8 Academies in the southern region of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Role: Strategic leadership of all systems and procedures across 8 Academies, working with staff on all aspects of inclusion, intervention, ...

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Erin Braithwaite

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 access to outstanding opportunities ...

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Hayley Keenan

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. She then moved to the role of Assoc...

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Heather Holmes

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 English since 2013. In 2018 she was ap...

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Jonathan Morgan

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 Arts at Scalby School in Scarborough wher...

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Kate Wilson

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 role, Kate was a successful H...

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Kirsty Thomas

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 prior to this role has led Literacy across...

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Lisa Cook

I began teaching in 2004 in a school in Hull as a teacher of science. I became KS3 Coordinator for Science before becoming Second in Science. I held this position for 12 years before moving to another school in Hull and again was Second in Science...

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Miss Clough

Since qualifying to teach in 2015 I have taught Science at Outwood Academy Portland. I am delighted to now also be working as an Associate Assistant Principal leading on careers provision within the academy.

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Nick Ruddlesdin

I worked at Portland school before its conversion to academy status and have since witnessed the rapid improvement to student outcomes since the Outwood Trust's involvement. As Associate Assistant Principal within Deep Learning I am focusing on t...

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Tristan Kirkpatrick

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 departments at other schools in the trust. Tristan ...

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