Leadership Team

Chief Executive Principal, Executive Principal & Academy 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 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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Andrew Downing - Principal

Having completed his Biomedical Chemistry degree in Sheffield and PGCE in Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, Andrew has a wealth of teaching experience securing his first teaching position in 1999 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Andrew was ...

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Senior Leadership Team


Julia Pinder - Vice Principal

Julia completed her teaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University, her specialism is Chemistry. She went on to study and complete her Masters in Leadership and Management and then completed the National SEND qualification and the NPQH. Julia has ...

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Lucy Cooper - Associate Vice Principal

Having completed a mathematics degree at University of Sheffield, Lucy completed a PGCE (secondary mathematics) at Sheffield Hallam University in 1994. She has taught in a wide range of schools across South Yorkshire, gaining a wealth of teaching ...

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Chelsea Allen - Assistant Principal

Driven by the fervent belief that demography doesn’t have to be destiny and that the attainment gap which is so entrenched in our society is not inevitable, Chelsea began her teaching career on the TeachFirst programme in 2011 at Outwood Academy S...

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Ryan Sheehan - Assistant Principal

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport and QTS Ryan began his teaching career at The City School in 2006 as a newly qualified teacher. Ryan quickly progressed to hold a number of leade...

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Scott Morton - Assistant Principal

After graduating with a MMath from Durham University, Scott completed his teacher training through Teach First. Beginning in inner-city Leeds, Scott quickly demonstrated his ability to make a significant impact on the educational experiences and o...

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Jane Jones - Business Manager

Jane has a long standing connection with The City School having attended as a pupil in the 1980's. She joined the City School staff in 2004 as the Examinations and Cover Manager after leaving her career at Royal Mail as a Finance and Admin Manager...

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James Colliver - Associate Assistant Principal

James started his journey at Outwood Academy City, formerly The City School, in 2006 as a Cover Supervisor before joining the Inclusion Team as a Learning Manager in 2009. During his time at the Academy, James has held several responsibilities but...

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Nick Tweedale - Associate Assistant Principal

Nick studied History at the University of Hull where he specialised in medieval history including the reign of Edward III. He then completed his PGCE in Religious Education & History at the University of Leeds. Nick began his teaching career at Ma...

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Rachel Sullivan - Associate Assistant Principal

Having lived and worked all over the north, Rachel joins our Maths department from Outwood Academy Brumby. She graduated from Lancaster University in 2009 having played Varsity Rugby for both the university and the regional side. Rachel is real...

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Sara Louise Peasant - Personal Assistant to Andrew Downing

Graduating in 2012, Sara has a degree in Business Law and joined the Academy in 2015. She is the Personal Assistant to Andrew Downing and a member of the Academy's Senior Leadership Team. Supporting Andy in his role; Sara works closely with staff,...

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