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 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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Mr 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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Mr James Whitworth

James is a Director of Humanities, History specialist, and SLE working in Humanities across Outwood Grange Academies Trust. He has a BA in History from the University of Leeds. Prior to this role James was a successful Head of History and Assistan...

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Mr 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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Ms Carine Seimandi

Carine Seimandi is an Associate Director for MFL (French and German). Her passion for teaching was ignited when she was offered a position as “lectrice” (teaching French undergraduate students) at the University of Sheffied in 2000. She was awarde...

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Ms Kate Davies

Kate completed a BSc Hons with Mathematics and QTS in 2001 and has now been teaching mathematics for 18 years. She became an AST in her 3rd year of teaching and has since also been an Assistant Principal responsible for teaching and learning. Ka...

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Ms Sue Thornton

Sue Thornton began her career as a teacher of English in 1997. She was appointed as Second in English at Outwood Grange in 2002 and has worked for Outwood Grange Academies Trust since then, eventually taking on the role of Head of English at Outwo...

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