Leadership Team

Executive Principals and Principal


Julie Slater - Chief Executive Principal

Julie Slater is the Chief Executive Principal - Secondary for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education. She has a proven track record of leading an ‘Outstanding’ school as Principal at Outwood Grange Academy and has consi...

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Dr. Phil 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 January ...

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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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Andy Scruby - Principal

Having joined the teaching profession in 2004, I feel extremely privileged to be the Principal at Outwood Academy Adwick. My role is to lead the school to ensure all students receive an excellent learning experience with opportunities to thrive a...

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Senior Leadership Team


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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Gavin Swinscoe - Regional Vice Principal

Regional Vice Principal

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Emma Ferrarelli - Associate Vice Principal Deep Learning

With a passion for high quality teaching and learning I joined Outwood Academy Adwick in 2019. I am proud to have the opportunity to lead on Deep Learning as Associate Vice Principal. I have been part of the Outwood family since 2014 as Assista...

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Hannah Smith - Associate Vice Principal Deep Learning

I am extremely proud to have joined the OGAT family here at Adwick in 2019. I started my teaching career at Holgate School in Barnsley in 2008 having qualified with a degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport from Sheffield Hallam University. ...

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Rebecca Bawamia - Vice Principal Deep Experience

I completed a degree in PE, Sport and Dance at Liverpool John Moores University and graduated in 2009. I spent a short time at Outwood Academy Valley before moving to Outwood Academy Adwick in 2011 as a teacher of PE. Since then, I have lead on a ...

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Victoria Gray - Vice Principal Deep Support

I began my career in 2005 after successfully completing a PGCE in Business Education. Since 2005 I have undertaken numerous leadership positions, including Head of Department and Assistant Principal across Doncaster and Scunthorpe schools. I am cu...

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Lucy Cooper - Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

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Nick Tweedale - Assistant Principal

I completed a degree in History at the University of Hull and graduated in 2007. I then completed my PGCE at the University of Leeds. I have worked at a number of schools as Head of History before joining Outwood Academy City in April 2017. At Out...

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Nick Veal - Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

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Emma Addy - Associate Assistant Principal

I first joined Outwood Academy Adwick in September 2010, where I completed my PGCE placement. I returned as a Newly Qualified Teacher in September 2011, teaching Business Studies and Information Communication Technology. I went on to teach across ...

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Kristina Carpenter - Associate Assistant Principal

I began my career in 2013 after successfully completing a PGCE in Music Education. Since 2013 I have taught and developed music in a number of schools, recently gaining international Musical Futures Champion School status. Furthermore, I have und...

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Victoria Swiffen-Laing - Associate Assistant Principal

I studied a BA Hons degree with QTS in Physical Education at Liverpool John Moores University. I knew from a young age I wanted to be a teacher and help transform young lives. I have worked in the Outwood family for four years, firstly working in ...

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Lyndsey Conyers - Business Manager

Business Manager

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Aalok Kanwar - Associate Director of Science

After completing my teacher training and NQT year with Teach First in 2013 and then being 2nd in Department at Wingfield Academy in Rotherham, I joined OGAT in Sept. 2015 as HoD at Outwood Academy Carlton. After 2 years I secured an Associate Dire...

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Amanda Heeley-Gardner - Regional Director of Maths

Since qualifying as a teacher in 2003 Amanda worked in schools in West Yorkshire for 11 years. Amanda held leadership positions in Maths departments for 9 of those years and with a Year 11 focus the teams achieved record results year on year. Whil...

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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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Jessica Thomas - Associate Director of MFL

Jessica is Associate Director of MFL, supporting the delivery of languages across the Trust. She is also a GCSE Spanish examiner for AQA. Prior to joining the Trust in 2018, she was Head of Modern Foreign Languages at a school in Dudley, West Midl...

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Louise Walker - Associate Director of English

I began my teaching career in Halifax as an NQT in 2004, before being promoted to second in English and Head of department. In 2012, I joined OGAT as Head of English at Outwood Academy Adwick before being promoted to the role of Associate Director...

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Louise Whilde - Associate Director of Humanities

Louise is an Associate Director of Humanities and passionate History specialist working in Humanities across Outwood Grange Academies Trust. She has a BA in History from the University of Liverpool. Prior to this role Louise was a successful Head ...

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Sam 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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Stacey Atkins - Associate Director of Maths

Stacey qualified as a Maths teacher in 2003. In her 4th year of teaching she successfully became an Advanced Skills teacher and worked in a variety of schools for Nottinghamshire County Council to help raise the quality of maths teaching across th...

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