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 - 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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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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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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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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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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