Leadership Team


Mark Hassack - Executive Principal & National Leader of Education (NLE)

Mark is the Executive Principal for Outwood Academies Acklam, Ormesby and Bishopsgarth. He is also a National Leader of Education (NLE). After graduating with a first class honours degree, Mark started his teaching career as a graduate teacher ...

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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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Senior Leadership Team


Steve Merifield - 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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Dan Hands - Vice Principal Deep Experience

Dan began his teaching career in 1996 in South East London, teaching music. Shortly afterwards, he became a Head of Department at Hurworth School, Darlington. He then moved to King’s Manor, where he was a Head of Department, Head of Year, a House ...

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Tom Urwin - Vice Principal

Tom is Vice Principal at Acklam after previously leading on Deep Learning. Tom is Head of Deep Support and enjoys this role as he interacts with so many students on a daily basis and gets the opportunity to help transform their lives.

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Rachel Conway - Associate Vice Principal

After graduating and completing her teacher training in Liverpool, Rachel continued her career at King’s Manor School in Acklam as subject leader for Religious Education. Rachel stayed at the school eight years and progressed through a number of r...

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Lee Johnson - Associate Vice Principal

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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Andrew Maher - Assistant Principal

Andrew decided to become a teacher having worked with disadvantaged Aboriginal children in Alice Springs, Australia. Upon returning to England, Andrew completed his Information Technology PGCE at Sunderland University and gained employment at Redc...

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Ben Roberts - Assistant Principal

Ben began his teaching career as a history teacher at the Douay Martyrs School in London and has subsequently worked at an international school in Spain. He joined Outwood Academy Ripon in 2014 as a lead teacher of History. He has enjoyed a number...

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Ian Middleton - Assistant Principal

Ian trained at Northumbria University where he undertook a degree in Sport Science and Coaching, followed by teacher training in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status. Throughout his time in the North East he has developed a passion for...

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Rachel McAndrew - Assistant Principal

Following the completion of her BA Business Education Degree at Sunderland University, Rachel's first teaching post was in Essex. She gained experience of teaching and leadership of Careers Education and Pastoral support as a Head of House. Keen ...

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James Bridge - Associate Assistant Principal

James began his teaching career as a supply teacher across a range of schools in the North East of England. He then got a permanent teaching position at Outwood Academy Acklam and most recently took on the position of Aspiring Head of PE and Assoc...

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Sue Eastwood - Associate Assistant Principal

Sue Eastwood is an Associate Assistant Principal and MFL teacher at Outwood Academy Acklam and is incredibly excited about re-joining the SLT team. She has held several positions from Head of Year, Head of House and Head of KS4 in previous schools...

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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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Jo While - PA to the Principal

Jo worked in retail for 5 years before starting her career at Eston Park Academy as an Administration Assistant. She remained there for 2 years before being appointed by Outwood Academy Ormesby as an Office Administrator in 2015. After a year in ...

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