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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Senior Leadership Team


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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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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Lucy Winter – Vice Principal Deep Support

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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Rachel Conway - Vice Principal Deep Learning

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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Andrew Maher - Associate Vice Principal Northern Region

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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Lee Johnson - Associate Vice Principal Northern Region

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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Melissa Brant - Smith - Vice Principal

Melissa graduated from The University of Manchester with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Drama. She spent some time adapting and directing plays and working in television whilst studying for her degree. Following this, she began her teaching career in Red...

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Rachel McAndrew - Assistant Principal and SENDCo

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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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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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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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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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 SEND Officer

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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