Leadership Team

Executive Principal and Principal


Julie Slater - Chief Executive Principal

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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Lynn James - Executive Principal

Lynn James is an Associate Executive Principal for Outwood Grange Academies Trust with a responsibility for Quality in the Classroom, the second strand of our seven strand transformation model. She has executive responsibility for Outwood Academy ...

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Sabiha Laher - Associate Executive Principal

Sabiha Laher is an Associate Executive Principal who has responsibility for Outwood Academy City Fields, Outwood Academy Carlton, Outwood Academy Hemsworth and Outwood Academy Shafton. Sabiha first worked for the Trust at Outwood Grange Academy ...

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Michelle Colledge-Smith, Principal

I began my teaching career at Outwood Grange School in 2001 as an NQT. My first role was teacher of Religious Studies and IT. I enjoyed this role and wanted to be a bigger part of students’ lives. In January 2003 I became Assistant Head of Year. T...

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Senior Leadership Team


Susan Harrison, Vice Principal

Following graduation, I was fortunate enough to enjoy living in France which developed my passion for encouraging others to learn a foreign language, so I began my teaching career in 1990 as a teacher of French after having completed a PGCE (secon...

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Helen Alderson - Assistant Principal

I have been teaching since 2011 and started my career as a teacher of Physical Education in Wakefield City Academy. I have previously held the position of Second in Department and Head of Year and was then appointed as Associate Assistant Principa...

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Michelle Marriott - Assistant Principal

I have had the pleasure of working with OGAT for 6 years, starting my journey as a Teacher of Science at Outwood Academy Shafton. As my first role on SLT, I was appointed as AAP Deep Experience in charge of careers and allocating HeppSY funding, w...

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Umbreen Kosir - Associate Assistant Principal - Deep Learning

I began my teaching career in 2002 at Castleford High School and have thoroughly enjoyed my time there as a Science teacher. I then moved onto teaching at Broadway School, in Birmingham, in 2008,where I led as a key stage co-ordinator. I began wo...

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Ben Barnes - Director of Computer Science

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. Ben has a pas...

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David Rees - English Director

David Rees began teaching at Outwood Grange in 1996. He left to teach at Barnsley Academy in 2008, before returning to become an English Director working for OGAT four years later. His role is to work alongside Heads of English at new and establis...

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Louise Whilde - Humanities Director

Louise is an Associate Director of Humanities and passionate History specialist working in Humanities across Outwood Grange Academies Trust. She has a BA in History from the University of Liverpool. Prior to this role Louise was a successful Head ...

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