Executive Leadership Team

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Martyn Oliver - Chief Executive Officer

Martyn Oliver is the Chief Executive Officer of Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT). Martyn is the Accounting Officer and a National Leader of Education for OGAT and is an experienced Executive Principal having led a number of the Outwood aca...

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Julie Slater - Chief Executive Principal

Julie Slater is 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 consider...

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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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Senior Leadership Team

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Dave Cavill

Principal - I have been in the teaching profession since 1991, when I started as a teacher of mathematics in Newark. At Newark I became a Leading Maths Teacher for the Local Authority and the Head of the Mathematics Department. I joined Valley ...

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Tracy Motson

Vice Principal - Deep Support - I began my career at Joseph Leckie School (1996) in the West Midlands, finally moving back to my home town (Doncaster) 3 years later for a promotion to the GNVQ Co-ordinator role at Adwick School. Within the year I ...

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Carol Gill

Executive Officer - I am Executive Officer working across 8 Academies in the southern region of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. Role: Strategic leadership of all systems and procedures across 8 Academies, working with staff on all aspects of inclu...

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Claire Backhouse

Assistant Principal, Deep Learning and Deep Experience - I joined OAV in September 2019 and now know that this academy is the perfect place to work. I feel privileged to be working with such exceptional students and staff. I have been a teacher si...

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Danielle Sheehan

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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Dom Scholey

Assistant Principal – Deep Support/Learning - I joined the OAV team in July 2012 and teach History and ICT. This year my main focus will be on ensuring that all our students are able to meet their full academic potential and I will be working tir...

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Joanne Perry

Joanne Perry - Vice Principal - Deep Learning - I consider myself fortunate to have been in my dream job for the last 25 years, since starting my career as an English teacher in Derby in 1995. I have spent 17 years teaching in two schools in Cornw...

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Robyn Thomas

Assistant Principal - I began my teaching career through the Outwood Institute of Education. I loved every minute of the experience and decided to join Outwood Academy Valley as a Drama teacher, soon working my way up to Second in Faculty and then...

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Sam Scott

I was a legal secretary for many years before taking a career break to raise a family. I moved to secondary education in 2007 when I started at Outwood Academy Portland. I moved to Outwood Academy Valley in 2014 and have held many different admi...

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Bally Ward

I am an Associate Assistant Principal and a Learning Manager with the lead on transition. My aim is to ensure our Year 6 students have a smooth journey into secondary education and I am here to work closely with students, primary schools and thei...

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Kim Renshaw

Teacher of history and Associate Assistant Principal - After leaving University in 2013, I worked as a Cover Supervisor for a year and quickly realised that teaching was my dream profession. The following year, I trained in Nottingham and worked t...

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Murray Campbell

Head of the PE Faculty and Associate Assistant - I consider myself fortunate to have seen a huge change in the quality of Education here at Valley and indeed in Worksop since Outwood Grange Academies Trust converted both schools. The opportunities...

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Peter Jones

Associate Assistant Principal - liaising with the Post 16 Centre. I have now worked at Valley for over 20 years and I am currently an Associate Assistant Principal and Faculty Coordinator for ICT and Business. I have a degree in Economics and I...

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Rebecca Hind

I am Personal Assistant to the Principal, the Office Manager and the Clerk to the Academy Council. I joined the Valley team in 2008 and have supported the school throughout it's journey to becoming Outstanding. Before working in education I was em...

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Aalok Kanwar

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 sec...

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Ben Barnes

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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Charlotte Thornton

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 ...

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Claire Attrill - Regional SEND Officer for the Southern Region

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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David Rees

Director of English - David Rees began teaching at Outwood Grange in 1996. He left to teach at Barnsley Academy in 2008, before returning to become an English Director working for OGAT four years later. His role is to work alongside Heads of Engli...

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Erin Braithwaite

Erin Braithwaite 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 ...

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Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan 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 wher...

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Karen Bretton

Director of English - Karen was appointed Associate Director of English in January 2018. She works as part of a strong and effective group of English directors and is deployed to different academies across our trust. A key part of her role is to ...

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Kirsty Thomas

Kirsty is the Senior Director of MFL and SLE responsible for the delivery of Languages across the trust. She has a BA and MA in French and Linguistics from the University of Oxford. Kirsty is an AST and prior to this role has led Literacy across...

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Louise Turner

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...

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Triston Kirkpatrick

Tristan is an Associate Director of Computer Science and Head of the Computer Science Department at Outwood Grange Academy. Tristan splits his time between Outwood Grange Academy and working with departments at other schools in the trust. Tristan ...

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