Leadership Team

Principals and Executive Principals


Martyn Oliver - Chief Executive, Outwood Grange Academies Trust - National Leader of Education (NLE)

Martyn Oliver is the Chief Executive Officer of Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT). Martyn is the Accounting Officer and a National Leader of Education for OGAT and is an experienced Executive Principal having led a number of the Outwood aca...

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Julie Slater - Chief Executive Principal Secondary (NLE)

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 considerab...

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Mark Hassack - Executive Principal - Northern Region

Mark is the Executive Principal with responsibility for the northern region of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. He is also a National Leader of Education (NLE) and a National Leader of Governance (NLG). After graduating with a first class honour...

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Tom Urwin - Principal

Tom began his career with Outwood as Head of PE at Outwood Academy Acklam. He then moved to Assistant Principal where he was Head of Deep Learning before leading on Deep Support as Vice Principal. In December 2018, Tom was appointed as Associate...

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Senior Leadership Team


Melissa Brant-Smith - Associate Principal


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Adam Richards - Vice Principal

Adam is currently Vice Principal with responsibility for Deep Support at Outwood Academy Ormesby. Adam grew up in Ebbw Vale in the South Wales valleys before moving north to study a BSc at The University of Durham before completing a Secondary Mat...

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Steven Smith - Associate Vice Principal

Steven is Associate Vice Principal with responsibility for Deep Experience. He started his teaching career in 2004 as a PE teacher in Wigan before moving back to the North East where he has held the position of head of PE in two secondary schools....

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David O'Brien - Assistant Principal

David trained at the University of Brighton where he undertook a degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status. In the course of his studies, David completed a placement at Hertswood Academy, Hertfordshire, and was subsequently offere...

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Michael Charlton - Assistant Principal

Michael earned his undergraduate degree at Leeds Metropolitan University and began his career as a Physical Education teacher in Manchester. He moved to the United States in 2000, continuing his career initially as a teacher and after obtaining h...

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Neil Turner - Assistant Principal

Upon graduating from the University of Manchester with a BA (Hons) in 2008, Neil subsequently completed a PGCE in mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University, having been inspired to teach whilst participating in the Student Associate Scheme...

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Rachel Heer - Assistant Principal

Rachel is an Assistant Principal and teacher of MFL working within the Deep Learning team. She graduated with a BA in German with French from Nottingham University in 1996. As part of her degree she spent a year abroad in Germany teaching German c...

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Sam Green - Assistant Principal

Sam began her teacher career as teacher of ICT at Conyers School in Yarm. During her 6 years here she led the department on KS4 courses, vocational learning and had whole school responsibility for Enterprise. In April 2015 she joined Ormesby Schoo...

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Andrew Bell - - Associate Assistant Principal

Andrew graduated from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA USA in 2006 with a BA Mathematics degree and a BA Physics degree. Following graduation Andrew stayed in Pittsburgh working in the banking and finance sector. He returned to England in 20...

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Daniel Grainger - Associate Assistant Principal

Dan joined the OGAT family in September 2019 as Head of the Humanities Department and Associate Assistant Principal working within the DEEP experience team. He graduated with a BA Hons degree in History from Teesside University in 2005. Upon compl...

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Kate Mitchell - Associate Assistant Principal

Having graduated from Northumbria University in 2007, Kate trained as a teacher at Sunderland University on the GTP course spending her main placement at Oxclose Community school. Her first post was with High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlep...

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Donna Garvin - Business Manager

Donna started at Outwood Academy Acklam in September 2015 as an Acting Business Manager having previously worked at Bydales School (now Outwood Academy Bydales) since January 2005. She was appointed as permanent Business Manager in May 2016. Previ...

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Jess Day- PA to the Principal

Jess is currently PA to the Principal after beginning her career with Outwood Academy Ormesby as HR Assistant, and is also Clerk to the Academy Council. Supporting the Principal in their role; Jess works closely with staff, students, parents and...

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Laura Groves- Inclusion Coordinator

Laura started my Outwood Journey at Outwood Academy Redcar in 2017 as Consequences Manager and then temporary Learning Manager. Laura really enjoyed her time at Redcar and learnt many valuable skills during her time there. Lauras passion for S...

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Michelle Quinn - Safeguarding Officer

Michelle began her time in, what was then, Ormesby School in September 2008 as a SEN teaching assistant. Since that time she has had the opportunity to be involved in many different roles within school, ranging from Teaching Assistant to Head of Y...

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Ruth McConnell - Associate Assistant Principal

Ruth started her teaching career in 1999 after graduating from Teesside University with a 2.1 BA Honours degree in English. She started her PGCE at Rye Hills School in Redcar, where she used to be a pupil, and then, after gaining her teaching qual...

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Samantha Stevenson - SENCO

Samantha is currently SENCO at Outwood Ormesby Academy. She started her career in Blackpool, Lancashire as an English Teacher and subsequently taught in Devon, New Zealand, Manchester and moved to the North East in 2013. Samantha has worked as an ...

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Ben Barnes - 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 Grange Academy in Wakefield. Be...

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Christina McGhie - Director of Science

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Claire Wood - Director of Geography

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James Whitworth - Director of History

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Jonathan Morgan - Director of Performing Arts

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Katie Pennington - Director of MFL

Katie is an Associate Director for Languages, previous to her appointment she was Head of Department in Outwood Grange and other Leeds Schools. Katie has a BA Hons in French and Criminology and made a career change to teaching 8 years ago formally...

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Phil Baines - Director of Maths

Phil has been an Associate Director of Mathematics for Outwood Grange Academies Trust for five years and has worked at most of the northern academies, having previously been Head of Mathematics at Outwood Academy Ormesby in its first year with Out...

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Sophie Cole - Director of English

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