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 group of English directors and is deployed to different academies across our trust. Sam has a wealth of teaching experience and has held numerous leadership positions, ranging from 2nd in Faculty, Head of Faculty, Associate Assistant Principal and most recently Associate Director of English. A key part of her role is to support and work alongside English departments. English is a key core subject and it is crucial that students achieve well to ensure they have the very best life chances. Sam is passionate about ensuring that the life chances of our students are improved, regardless of their starting point. Her role, working alongside highly skilled English teachers, is to ensure that our students are fully supported in order to help them achieve their full potential.