Leadership Team


Seana Rice - Principal

I started my teaching career in 1996 as an Art teacher at Nunthorpe School. Within a year I became an Assistant Head of Year, and shortly afterwards became Head of Year. In this pastoral role I enjoyed leading the support and guidance of over 250 ...

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Mark Hassack - Executive Principal (Northern Region)

Mark Hassack – Executive Principal – Northern Region. 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 Governan...

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Julie Slater - Chief Executive Principal (Secondary)

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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Jo Ferris - Vice Principal

With a passion for teaching mathematics I began my career in Newcastle and Gateshead rapidly becoming involved in leadership as Head of Sixth Form. Remaining in the North of England I spent an invaluable period of time gaining experience in a br...

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Ian Middleton - Associate Vice Principal

I trained at Northumbria University where I undertook a degree in Sport Science and Coaching, followed by teacher training in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status. Throughout my time in the North East, I have developed a passion for Te...

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Glynnis Peacock - Assistant Principal

I started her teaching career in 2008 at Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough, as a teacher of ICT, joining Bydales School in January 2014 as Head of ICT, Business and Computing. In September 2014 I joined the Senior Leadership Team as Asso...

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Alexandra House - Business Manager

Alex has worked with the Outwood family since February 2017. With a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and a Business Management Degree, Alex is responsible for Human resources, attendance management, payroll, recruitment and the health, ...

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Vikkii Shallow - SENCO

One thing I feel passionate about is giving back to the community which helped shape the person I am today. At the age of three, I became a member of the Marske community; attending local primary, Westgarth; secondary, Bydales; and sixth form, Pri...

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Katie Gates - Inclusion Manager

I joined Bydales School in 2011, after completing my PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education specialising in Politics & Law. I've had quite a number of roles since I've been here including Cover Supervisor and Behaviour Support Assistant,when we were By...

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Nicole Hill - Associate Assistant Principal

As a student in secondary school I always wanted to follow my passion of sport and teaching others. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise (Coaching Science) at The University of Teesside, my journey into teaching began as a cover su...

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Stephanie Nicholas - Principal's PA & Office Manager

I originally came to Outwood Academy Bydales as a temp to support with Reception duties for a few days, but that was back in October 2016! Since then I have secured a number of different roles, from supporting students as a Learning Manager to now...

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Director Team


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 Academy Acklam and after securing an AST role she w...

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Anthony Alexander-Hern - Associate Director of Mathematics

Anthony completed a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science in 1998, he then completed his PGCE from Newcastle University in 2000. He has worked at schools in Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton. In 2...

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Bob Pratt - Regional Director of Science

Bob Pratt 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 tea...

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Alison Chiverton - Associate Director of Science

Alison Chiverton is an experienced Chemistry specialist with over 26 years of teaching experience across a range of schools in the North East of England. She has been an Associate Director for Science in the Northern Region for OGAT since 2017, fo...

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Nicola Harris-Jukes - Director of MFL

Nicola is the Director of MFL responsible for supporting the Senior Director of MFL in delivering Languages across the Trust. She has a BA in Languages with Politics and Economics from the University of Westminster and PGCE from the University of ...

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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 Management from Glasgow University, an MA (ed) from D...

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Ben Barnes - Director of Computer Science

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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Jonathon Morgan - Senior Director of the Arts

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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Erin Braithwaite - Director of Performing Arts

Erin Braithwaite 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 the Trust have access to outstanding opportunities ...

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Jane Holmes - Director of SEND

Jane Holmes 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 became part of the Outwood family ...

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Sally Fletcher - Director of Attendance

I have experience in the field of forensic mental health nursing, specialising in signs in mental health. This included primary areas of work in Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and extreme cases of self-harm. Additionally I have worked in A&E nu...

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