Leadership Team


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

Chief Executive, Outwood Grange Academies Trust. National Leader of Education (NLE). Martyn is an experienced Executive Principal having led a number of the Outwood academies, including Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster from Special Measures to...

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Steve Merifield - Associate Executive Principal

Steve graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with an Honours Degree and a PGCE, later he went on to complete a Masters Degree in Education at York University. Steve started his career as a graduate P.E. Teacher at King James’s School in Knar...

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Senior Leadership Team


Mark Gray - Principal

Mark went to the University of Sunderland where he studies Sport and Exercise Development, securing a First Class Honours Degree. He then completed a Graduate Teacher programme, securing his first teaching post at Nunthorpe Academy. Mark taught fo...

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Lee Johnson - Vice Principal - Deep Support

Lee trained at the University of Teesside, obtaining a BSc in Crime Scene Science. Here he gained experience in teaching and decided to pursue this by completing a PGCE in science with the University of Durham. Lee began his career at Eston Park ...

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Lucy Winter – Vice Principal - Deep Learning

Lucy graduated from Durham University with a Chemistry degree and then completed a PGCE to become a science teacher. She worked in a number of Academies across Teesside before joining the Outwood family of schools in 2014 as a science director wor...

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Jason Rhodes - Deep Experience

Jason graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a B.Ed (Hons) in Physical Education. Having worked in a range of secondary school settings, holding both subject and senior leadership posts, Jason worked for a local authority school im...

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Kate Mitchell - Assistant Principal

Having Graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with a BA in Drama, Kate trained as a teacher at Sunderland University on the GTP course. Her first qualified role was with High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool as teacher of Drama whe...

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Luke Chapman - Assistant Principal

Having graduated from Teesside University with a BSc (Hons) Sports Development, I went on to study at University of Huddersfield for my PGCE and completed my placement at Wakefield College. My first post in education was in 2015 as Cover Superv...

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Nick Critchley - Assistant Principal

Prior to beginning his career in education, Nick ran his own Property Maintenance business for over 14 years. At the age of 30, he decided to return to education in order to complete a degree. After gaining his BA in English Literature and English...

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Andrew Maycock - Associate Assistant Principal

Following a career in the Armed Forces (The Band of The Welsh Guards), which took Andrew all over the world as a military musician, he took up teaching music at Macmillan Academy in 2002 after gaining a degree in Music Education at the University ...

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Ann-Marie Holmes - Associate Assistant Principal & Lead Learning Manager

Prior to beginning her career in education Ann-Marie was a fitness coach and lifeguard. Ann-Marie decided she needed a different challenge and returned to education and achieved a HLTA qualification, this is how she began her career in education. ...

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Katie Hockborn - Associate Assistant Principal

Katie graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc (hons) in Sports Science then completed a PGCE in 2005 at Edge Hill University before pursuing her goal of becoming a teacher. Throughout her career Katie has taught Physical Education in Middl...

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Emma Jones - Business Manager

Emma graduated in 2014 where she gained a Law Degree. She then started her career working at HMCTS. She remained there for 10 years before being appointed by Outwood Academy Acklam as a HR Assistant in 2015. After a year in post she covered as Act...

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Jane Holmes - Regional Director of SEND & SENCO

Jane started working in education in 2003 as a teaching assistant. After graduating with an honours degree in Education in 2007 she became a Head of Year at the school she was working in. When the school became part of the Outwood family she was ...

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Jemima Cainer - Inclusion Coordinator

Jemima graduated with a Law degree in 2015 after returning to education as a mature student. After working with a number of different charities in safeguarding and intervention she moved to student welfare in education. Jemima has been inclusion c...

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Juliette Cooper - Associate Director of English

Juliette graduated from The University of Manchester with a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature and then completed a PGCE at Homerton College in Cambridge. Juliette started her teaching career at Jack Hunt School in Peterborough. I...

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Rose Dalders - Associate Director of Maths

Rose graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) degree in Economics, then completed her Mathematics PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. Rose started her teaching career in South Yorkshire at Shafton Academy, before moving to the ...

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Bob Pratt - Director of Science

Bob is the Regional Director of Science for the Northern Region of the Trust. He began working with OGAT in 2012, previously being a Head of Science for 10 years and a teacher of Science since 1989. He is passionate about science and the teaching ...

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James Mcguire - Associate Director of Science

James is an Associate Director of Science working in the Northern region of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. He is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). James started teaching twenty-five years ago working to improve a wide variety of school in t...

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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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Erin Braithwaite - Associate Director of Performing Arts

Erin 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 across all a...

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James Whitworth - Director of Humanities

James is a Director of Humanities, History specialist, and SLE working in Humanities across Outwood Grange Academies Trust. He has a BA in History from the University of Leeds. Prior to this role James was a successful Head of History and Assistan...

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Jane Holmes - Regional Director of SEND

Jane started working in education in 2003 as a teaching assistant. After graduating with an honours degree in Education in 2007 she became a Head of Year at the school she was working in. When the school became part of the Outwood family she was ...

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Jonathan Morgan - Director of Performing Arts

Jonathan 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 where he ta...

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Kathryn Hawkins - Associate Director of MFL

Kathryn started her teaching career in Leeds in 2010, before spending four years in London teaching languages, as Head of Department and Assistant Principal. In 2016 she returned to Yorkshire to become Associate Director of MFL with Outwood Grange...

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