Leadership Team


Mrs Cara Ackroyd, Principal

After completing a PGCE in Secondary Science in 2007, I started my teaching career as Teacher of Physics and Chemistry at North Doncaster Technology College which would later become Outwood Academy Adwick, the first academy to be sponsored by Outw...

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Mrs 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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Sabiha Laher

I am delighted to be working with Outwood Academy Shafton as Associate Executive Principal. Having completed my degree and PGCE in Business Studies at the University of Huddersfield, I secured my very first teaching position at Outwood Grange A...

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Senior Leadership Team


Mr Julian Mellor

I began my teaching career in 1999 and have since enjoyed a variety of roles and responsibilities. These included Head of Year, Head of Department and Leader of Learning before becoming an Assistant Principal at Outwood Academy Carlton. I held thi...

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Mrs Kathryn Senior

I began my teaching career at Hemsworth in 2000, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there as a Science teacher and key stage co-ordinator. I became a Head of Science at another local school in 2007 before moving to Outwood Grange Academy in 2013. I wo...

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Mr Phil Jeffries

I began my teaching career in 1994 teaching History, but switched to English in 2002; I joined Outwood Academy Shafton in 2015. I work as an Assistant Principal in DEEP Learning and I a, also second in English. My responsibilities include the Lea...

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Mrs Esther Littlewood

During this current academic year, I will be leading Deep Experience in my capacity as Assistant Principal. My responsibilities include ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum is available for all students and managing the IAG process so that stu...

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Mr Tom Peel

Following the completion of my eacher training studies at the Outwood Institute of Education in 2013, I began my areer as a Teacher of History at Outwood Academy Portland. During my time at Portland I worked within Deep Learning leading on collabo...

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Mr Alex Pearson

As Associate Assistant Principal, I work within Deep Learning. The main part of my role includes leading Learning reflections, bespoke training and differentiation as well as career links within learning. I feel very passionately about providing q...

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Mr Ben Eccersley

Following the completion of my BSc in Environmental Science, I began my teaching career in 2017 where I gained my PGCE in Geography at Sheffield Hallam University. I began teaching at Outwood Academy Shafton in 2018 where I taught Geography, Histo...

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Mr Josh Bray

I have worked within Deep Support for a number of years in my role as Assosciate Assistant Principal. My responsibilities include analysing whole-Academy behaviour data as well as ensuring that there is maximum impact from the Y11 RAG; I work clos...

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Mr Lee Chadburn

I began my teaching career in 1998 at Willowgarth High School in Grimethorpe after completing a BSc in Design Technology at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2000 I moved to The Dearne for three years before returning to Willowgarth in 2003 as a tea...

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Mrs Jane Goldthorpe

I have worked in education since 1993 and thoroughly enjoy my role as Business Manager at Outwood Academy Shafton. I have a vast amount of experience, gained through working in a variety of administrative support roles within schools.  I am respon...

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Mrs Jayne Carr

Following a very successful career I am delighted to be a member of the Senior Leadership Team working across the different strands of leadership. Within this I have responsibility for Careers provision working closely alongside Miss Armitage. I a...

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Mrs Jodie Armitage

I have worked at Outwood Academy Shafton since the building opened in 2012. I began my teaching career at another school within our community, Willowgarth High School, in 2010 as a PE teacher;. I have a passion for the students in our community an...

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