Leadership Team

Chief Executive Principal, Executive Principal, Associate Executive Principal & Academy Principal


Julie Slater (Regional CEO)

Julie Slater is a Regional CEO for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education. Julie has a proven track record of leading an ‘Outstanding’ school as Principal at Outwood Grange Academy and has considerable experience of...

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Dr Philip Smith (Executive Principal)

Dr Philip Smith is an Executive Principal. Dr Smith has a degree in Theoretical Physics, a Masters in School Leadership and a Doctorate in the Transformational Leadership of Schools. He was the Principal of Outwood Academy Portland from Janu...

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Carolyn Blundell (Associate Executive Principal)

Carolyn Blundell is an Associate Executive Principal who has responsibility for the southern academies within the Trust. Carolyn is as a National Leader of Education and led, with Martyn Oliver, Outwood Academy Adwick on its journey from requiring...

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Steve Roberts (Lead Principal)

Steve Roberts is the Principal of the academy. Previously Principal at Outwood Academy City. Degree and training was as a PE Teacher. My training was in Physical Education at University of Warwick and having worked in schools for nearly 25 year...

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Senior Leadership Team


Rob Southern (Head of School)

Head of School

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Clare Schulze (Vice Principal)

Vice Principal - DEEP Support I have worked for Outwood Grange Academies Trust since 2015 holding various roles. As Acting Vice Principal for Deep Support, I am responsible for behaviour and safety; attendance and inclusion; Praising Stars© i...

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Danielle Sheehan (Regional Vice Principal)

My name is Danielle Sheehan and I am excited to be undertaking the role of Vice Principal across the Southern Region. My remit is to ensure all schools are collaborative learning schools. I wholeheartedly believe that when students learn from one...

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Rachel Edwards (Vice Principal)

Vice Principal - DEEP Experience - Head of Sixth Form. After completing my degree in 2007 I spent two years working in schools, and working for the Educational Psychology Service in Scotland. Although I found this work rewarding I knew I wanted...

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Andy Tice (Assistant Principal)

Assistant Principal - DEEP Learning Having taught at Newbold since 2010, I have witnessed, been involved in and experienced many changes and I am incredible proud of the transformation we have made since the transition to become Outwood Academy N...

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Tom Watson (Assistant Principal)

Assistant Principal - Deep Experience. Having graduated from the University of Exeter with an Exercise and Sports Science honours degree I trained to become a Teacher of Physical Education at Nottingham Trent University via the Schools Direct P...

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Helen Atkins (Business Manager)

Business Manager. Having worked for Derbyshire County Council supporting secondary schools administratively throughout Derbyshire for a number of years, I wanted to experience education at its best. I joined Newbold in 2008 as the Headteacher's...

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Claire Chittenden (Associate Assistant Principal)

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Learning

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Helen Binney (Associate Assistant Principal)

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Support

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Sian Hodkin (Associate Assistant Principal)

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Experience

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Sally Hardy (Principal's PA)

Principal's PA

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Claire Attrill - Regional SEND Officer

Claire Attrill has a degree in human psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination. She has worked with children and young people with special educational needs over the past 10 years across a variety of sect...

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Charlotte Thornton - Associate Director of Mathematics

Charlotte completed her Maths PGCE in 2001. She enjoyed working in two schools in Lancashire including an outstanding school where she was Head of Maths and drove the department to achieve record Maths results during her time there. She joined O...

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Louise Turner Associate Director of Science

I completed my degree in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Loughborough University and went on to complete my PGCE in Secondary Science at Sheffield Hallam University. I secured my first teaching position in 2008 as a Newly Qualified Teach...

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Samantha Wigfield - Associate Director of English

Samantha Wigfield began her teaching career in 2009. In 2010 she joined OGAT and eventually became Head of English at Outwood Academy Valley. In 2014 she was promoted to Associate Director of English. She works as part of a strong and effective gr...

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Kate Wilson - Director of Humanities

Kate is the Senior Director of Humanities and SLE responsible for the delivery of History and Geography across the trust. She has a BA in History and MA in Teaching Studies from the University of York. Prior to this role, Kate was a successful H...

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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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Jonathan Morgan - Senior Director of Art

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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