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. This role gave me the opportunity to work with different groups of students and have greater contact with parents/carers. In 2004 I took on an additional role of Second in Religious Studies with the aim to grow the department with alternative subjects. My passion is for teaching and I have been very lucky to teach many subjects over the years, ICT, Life, Citizenship, Business Studies to name a few. Here students can challenge their expectations, develop arguments and explore and justify their thoughts and appreciate other points of view.

In 2005 I became Head of Religious Studies and enjoyed taking the department from strength to strength with record results. In 2007 I moved to become an Assistant Principal with Deep Learning and Deep Support, tasked with supporting students on a day to day basis in the classroom. From here I moved to the role of Vice Principal at both Outwood Grange Academy and St Patrick Catholic College in Thornaby. This was a challenge working in two schools but an experience which gave me the opportunity to see other ways of working.

In 2016 I was appointed Associate Principal at Outwood Grange Academy tasked to support with the day to day running and strategic overview of the Academy. In 2018 I began a new chapter with moving to Outwood Academy Carlton and worked with the Barnsley community. In July 2019 I returned to Wakefield to support City Fields in their transformation and work with the most amazing students I have ever come across, and in April 2020 I was appointed as Principal of Outwood Academy City Fields. My aim is to work with my colleagues to ensure that City Fields establishes a culture that prides itself on widening people's horizons and instilling them with a sense of purpose and value. Where we guide all by mutual respect and acceptance. To meet this challenge head on we have to primarily focus on what goes on in the classroom and the importance of quality learning and teaching. It is important that anyone who attends City Fields understands that we are firmly focused on getting the best out of you as an individual. To accomplish this we all need to work together and share in this responsibility. We are very clear about what we expect from our students and staff so everyone that chooses to be, will be successful at City Fields.