Executive Leadership Team


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


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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Godsway Dzoboku

Vice Principal – Deep Experience/Deep Learning - I joined the teaching profession in 2006, when I started as a teacher of Maths in Worksop. I have also been working for Outwood Grange Academies Trust since 2011 when the Trust sponsored Portland ...

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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 Experience and Deep Learning -I joined OAV in September 2019. Although I have only just joined the team, I already know that this academy is the perfect place for me to work and feel privileged to be working with such exc...

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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 - Assistant Principal - Deep Learning - I consider myself fortunate to have been in my dream job for the last 22 years, since starting my career as an English teacher in Derby in 1995. I have spent the last 17 years teaching in two sc...

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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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Amy McGill

Associate Assistant Principal - I have been in post as the Attendance Officer since November 2018. I am passionate about our pupil’s achieving their potential through the outstanding teaching onsite in the Academy and through the Heppsy programme ...

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Kieran Loftus

Head of PE and Associate Assistant Principal, Mr Loftus has taken a lead role in further developing the careers programme for our students.

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Kim Renshaw

Teacher of history and Associate Assistant Principal

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Murray Campbell

2nd in PE and Associate Assistant Principal

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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

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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

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David Rees

Director of English

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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

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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

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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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