Leadership Team

Chief Executive Principal, Executive Principal & Academy Principal


Julie Slater - Chief Executive Principal

Julie Slater is the 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 consi...

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Dr Philip Smith - Executive Principal

Phil Smith is an Executive Principal who has responsibility for Outwood Academies Portland, Valley, Newbold and City. Phil is also a National Leader of Education. Whilst Principal of Outwood Academy Portland, Phil led the school from Special M...

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Andrew Downing - Principal

Having completed his Biomedical Chemistry degree in Sheffield and PGCE in Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, Andrew has a wealth of teaching experience securing his first teaching position in 1999 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Andrew was ...

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Senior Leadership Team


Absane Aden - Associate Assistant Principal

After graduating from Richmond, the American University in London with a degree in Clinical Psychology, Absane moved to Sheffield and completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages in July 2007 at the University of Sheffield. She then began her teac...

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Chelsea Allen - Assistant Principal

Driven by the fervent belief that demography doesn’t have to be destiny and that the attainment gap which is so entrenched in our society is not inevitable, Chelsea began her teaching career on the TeachFirst programme in 2011 at Outwood Academy S...

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Claire Attrill - Inclusion Coordinator

Claire Attrill is Inclusion Coordinator at Outwood Academy City and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Claire leads the Inclusion and SEND Team to provide accessibility for learning which enables the best possible outcomes for all students...

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James Colliver - Associate Assistant Principal

James started his journey at Outwood Academy City, formerly The City School, in 2006 as a Cover Supervisor before joining the Inclusion Team as a Learning Manager in 2009. During his time at the Academy, James has held several responsibilities but...

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Lucy Cooper - Associate Vice Principal

Having completed a mathematics degree at University of Sheffield, Lucy completed a PGCE (secondary mathematics) at Sheffield Hallam University in 1994. She has taught in a wide range of schools across South Yorkshire, gaining a wealth of teaching ...

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Jane Jones - Business Manager

Jane has a long standing connection with The City School having attended as a pupil in the 1980's. She joined the City School staff in 2004 as the Examinations and Cover Manager after leaving her career at Royal Mail as a Finance and Admin Manager...

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Scott Morton - Assistant Principal

After graduating with a MMath from Durham University, Scott completed his teacher training through Teach First. Beginning in inner-city Leeds, Scott quickly demonstrated his ability to make a significant impact on the educational experiences and o...

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Sara Louise Peasant - Personal Assistant to Andrew Downing

Graduating in 2012, Sara has a degree in Business Law and joined the Academy in 2015. She is the Personal Assistant to Andrew Downing and a member of the Academy's Senior Leadership Team. Supporting Andy in his role; Sara works closely with staff,...

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Julia Pinder - Vice Principal

Julia completed her teaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University, her specialism is Chemistry. She went on to study and complete her Masters in Leadership and Management and then completed the National SEND qualification and the NPQH. Julia has ...

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Emily Roper - Associate Assistant Principal

Emily graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 after completing her second placement at The City School. Following the completion of her PGCE, she joined the school as a Design Technology teacher. Since the school converted to Outwood Ac...

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Dawn Sellors - Associate Assistant Principal

Dawn studied music at the University of Huddersfield where she specialised in Musicology, composition and performance. She has performed in orchestras and brass bands across the UK and Europe, and is still an active musician in a number of ensembl...

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Ryan Sheehan - Acting Assistant Principal

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport and QTS Ryan began his teaching career at The City School in 2006 as a newly qualified teacher. Ryan quickly progressed to hold a number of leade...

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Darren Smith - Vice Principal

Darren is a Vice Principal across Outwood Academies City, Newbold, Portland and Valley. Darren has been in the teaching profession for the past 12 years and joined Outwood Academy Valley in June 2014 as an Assistant Principal. His passion and e...

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Donna Thomas - Associate Assistant Principal

Having completed a degree in Religion and Theology at the University of Manchester, Donna moved to Sheffield to complete her PGCE in Religious Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. Donna began her teaching career in 2008 at Wickersley School an...

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