Leadership Team


Julie Slater

Julie Slater is a 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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Martyn Oliver

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 a...

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Sabiha Laher

Sabiha Laher is an Associate Executive Principal who has responsibility for Outwood Grange Academy and Outwood Academies Carlton and Shafton. She has been at Outwood Grange Academy since 2001 and worked closely with Sir Michael and Martyn Oliver o...

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Senior Leadership Team


Michelle Colledge-Smith

Associate Principal - Deep Support. I began at the Academy in 2001 as an NQT. My first role was teacher of Religious Studies and IT. I enjoyed this role very much and wanted to be a bigger part of students’ lives. In January 2003 I became As...

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Richard Larder

Associate Vice Principal – Deep Learning I started my teaching career as a peripatetic music teacher working in Wakefield and Barnsley before moving into classroom teaching at Edward Sheerien School in Barnsley in 2005. I moved through middle l...

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Christina Woods

Christina Woods - Associate Assistant Principal. I started working at Outwood Grange Academy in 2012 as a Learning Support Assistant. The following year I was appointed as a Cover Supervisor and gained a lot of whole school experience. I have alwa...

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Claire Lee

Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Learning. I began my teaching career as a student in the first OGAT School Direct cohort in 2013. Since then I have been employed by Outwood Grange Academy as a Teacher of Biology. After my NQT year I held va...

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Lauren Bligh-McCann

Director of Post 16 Assistant Principal. I love to teach but I also have an underlying passion to work with young people to enhance their wellbeing and to promote a positive and happy life. I am extremely privileged to work with post 16 studen...

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Lee Woods

Associate Assistant Principal. In 2014 I started teacher training and completed my first placement at Outwood Grange Academy. I was then employed by Outwood Grange Academy in 2014 as an English Teacher, responsible for teaching all key stages....

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Lisa Davies

Business Manager. I joined the Academy Senior Leadership Team in March 2013, having extensive experience in both Business and HR Manager Roles in my previous employment. I am the lead at the Academy for all matters related to Human Resources in...

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Melinda McAuley

Vice Principal. I started my career as a teacher of history and then taught history in Athens, Greece, for four years. After working at schools in Doncaster and Hull I joined Outwood Grange Academy in 2009 as Director of Sixth Form and, since...

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Nicola Thomas

Vice Principal - Deep Learning. I have been teaching within the Outwood Grange Academies trust for 13 years and I now have the privilege of leading on teaching and learning as a Vice Principal. I am responsible for ensuring that the learning ex...

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Paul Benson

Assistant Principal - Deep Support. I have worked in a number of schools since starting my teaching career as a Physical Education Teacher. I have always enjoyed the challenge of working with children and in particular I have been driven by a n...

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