Leadership Team

Principal and Executive Principals


Andrew Wappat

Andrew Wappat is Principal of Outwood Academy Normanby. He is a National Leader of Education (NLE). As a Principal he led Outwood Academy Bydales in Marske to become the highest performing secondary school in the North East of England 2018 for ...

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Mark Hassack

Mark is the Executive Principal with responsibility for the northern region of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. He is also a National Leader of Education (NLE) and a National Leader of Governance (NLG). After graduating with a first class honour...

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Steve Merifield

Steve is Associate Executive Principal across the Northern Region. Steve graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with an Honours Degree and a PGCE, later he went on to complete a Masters Degree in Education at York University. Steve started ...

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Julie Slater

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 considerab...

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Senior Leadership Team


Craig Young

Craig Young is Vice Principal at Outwood Academy Normanby, leading our Deep Support together with Julie McDonnell. He was previously Head of Deep Support at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth, with responsibility for inclusion, attendance, consequenc...

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Emma Beaumont

Associate Vice Principal - Deep Learning Emma qualified in 1996 after completing her BA (Hons) degree in English and Psychology and her PGCE at Liverpool University. She gained employment at her teaching practice school, Anfield Comprehensive, ...

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Julie McDonnell

Assistant Principal In Julie’s first role at Shotton Hall School, she focussed on student progress whilst ensuring young people learned the skills needed to access the curriculum more widely. As Assistant SENCo, Julie was responsible for establ...

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Christy Gibson

Assistant Principal and Head of Vocational Education & Computing Following a degree in Psychology from Northumbria University, Christy went on to begin her teacher training at Durham in 2012. When she qualified she secured employment across our...

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Alice Henderson

Business Manager Since graduating in 2001 as a primary teacher, I have built a wide range of experience in teaching roles, Children’s Centre leadership and as a School Partner supporting the development of the National School Breakfast Programm...

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Debbie Smith

Principal's PA/Office Manager As a long standing member of the community, Debbie has supported the school on this site for almost 24 years, the past year as Outwood Academy Normanby. Previously, she worked at ICI Wilton for 13 years until she ...

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Lindsay Chapman

Assistant Associate Principal and teacher of Physical Education Following a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Teesside University, Lindsay went on to complete her teacher training through Northumbria University in 2005. When qualified she ...

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Eleanor Dodsworth

Associate Assistant Principal and Teacher of Music After completing a BA (Hons) degree in music at the University of York, Eleanor went on to gain her teaching qualification from The University of Cumbria. Once qualified, Eleanor secured her ...

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Amy Storey

Associate Assistant Principal and Head of Humanities. After completing a BA (Hons) degree in Theology and Religious Studies at York Saint John University, I then completed a PGCE specifically in Religious Education in areas such as Scarborough ...

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Louise Ritchie

Associate Assistant Principal and Head of MFL. After completing a BA (Hons) degree in Tourism Management at Teesside University, Louise completed her PGCE through Durham SCITT and Durham University. Louise’s first teaching post was at Laurence...

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Elizabeth Mitchell

SENDCO and Teacher of English Completing her undergraduate studies in universities in both the UK and USA, Elizabeth graduated with BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, before completing her MA in Cross-Cultural Communication and Appli...

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Director Team


Andrew Cannings

Andrew Cannings Regional Director of Mathematics Andrew graduated from the University of Hull in 1990 after completing his degree in Maths and Computer Science and then completed his PGCE at Leeds University. He started teaching at Outwood Grange...

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Andrew Parker

Andrew is an Associate Director of Humanities. Andrew graduated from Lancaster University in 1991 gaining a BA (Hons) in History. After completing his PGCE in Lancaster Andrew moved to Teesside beginning his teaching career in 1993 at Ian Ramsey ...

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Bob Pratt

Bob is the Regional Director of Science for the Northern Region of the Trust. He began working with OGAT in 2012, previously being a Head of Science for 10 years and a teacher of Science since 1989. He is passionate about science and the teaching ...

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Erin Braithwaite

Erin Braithwaite is OGAT Associate Director of Performing Arts Erin 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...

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James McGuire

James is an Associate Director of Science working in the Northern region of Outwood Grange Academies Trust. He is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). James started teaching twenty-five years ago working to improve a wide variety of school in t...

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Jane Holmes

Jane Holmes is Regional Director of SEND Jane started working in education in 2003 as a teaching assistant. After graduating with an honours degree in Education in 2007 she became a Head of Year at the school she was working in. When the school b...

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Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan is OGAT Director of Performing Arts Jonathan 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 Crea...

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Lara Southall

Lara Southall Associate Director of English Lara graduated from Teesside University in 2004 after completing her English degree and then completed her PGCE at Durham University. She started teaching in 2006 on the site which is now Outwood Academ...

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Paul Laird

Paul Laird Associate Director of Humanities Paul is an Associate Director of Humanities with geography as his specialism. Whilst he works mainly across the Northern regions, he also works across the trust. Paul has an MA in Geography and Manageme...

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Shelley Fletcher

Shelley Fletcher - Director of Attendance Shelley has extensive background in support, prior to her position across our northern region. She has experience in the field of forensic mental health nursing, specialising in signs in mental health. T...

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Tristan Kirkpatrick

Tristan Kirkpatrick OGAT Director of Computer Science Alongside his Director role across our Outwood schools, Tristan is also the Senior EdTech Project Lead for the Trust and oversees the EdTech Demonstrator Programme and Outwood EdTech. Tristan ...

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