Leadership Team


Gemma Trattles - Lead Principal

Gemma joined Outwood Grange Academies Trust as an Assistant Principal in 2014 then rapidly progressed to Vice Principal. Prior to this Gemma worked in numerous roles at Thornaby Academy and the predecessor school from qualifying as a teacher. ...

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Mark Robinson - Head of School

Mark brings leadership experience from academies in West Yorkshire and Teesside to his role as Head of School at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth from Easter 2021. Following the award of a chemistry degree from Durham University and a doctoral degr...

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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 Governance (NLG). After graduating with a first class honours ...

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Julie Slater, Chief Executive Principal Secondary (NLE)

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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Steve Merifield - Associate Executive Principal

Steve graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with an Honours Degree and a PGCE, later he went on to complete a Masters Degree in Education at York University. Steve started his career as a graduate P.E. Teacher at King James’s School in Knar...

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Andrew Maher - Associate Vice Principal

Andrew decided to become a teacher having worked with disadvantaged Aboriginal children in Alice Springs, Australia. Upon returning to England, Andrew completed his Information Technology PGCE at Sunderland University and gained employment at Redc...

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Tom Gaunt - Assistant Principal, Deep Experience

Tom Gaunt is an Assistant Principal at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth, with responsibility for DEEP Experience. He was appointed in September 2019, having previously been in post as Assistant Principal at Outwood Academy Ripon leading Deep Support a...

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Faye Lindsey - Assistant Principal, Deep Support

Faye graduated from Loughborough University in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and went on to train as a maths teacher in 2014. She started her career at Hillsview Academy (now Outwood Academy Normanby). She joined Outwood Academy Bydales in 201...

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Katherine Ralph - Associate Assistant Principal


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Lorna Connor - Associate Assistant Principal


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Joanne Buttery - Business Manager

Joanne began her career within the domestic utility industry and spent 12 years working in various roles. During this time she developed her expertise within HR, workforce planning, performance management and training. Joanne was responsible for ...

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Mrs Hayley Rudd - Senco

Hayley Rudd joined Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth in 2017 as Inclusion Coordinator. Hayley previously worked at Cleveland Fire Brigade for nine years, delivering education, support and training to young people and vulnerable families in the borough....

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Karen Watson - Associate Assistant Principal for NQT/ITT provision

Karen is the Lead language teacher at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth. As an experienced practitioner she will focus on developing our Early Career Teachers

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Anna Wilson - Associate Assistant Principal

Anna graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After practicing as a medical doctor for three years, she started her teaching career in an academic medicine position a...

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OGAT Directors


Mr P Baines

Mr Baines is Director of Maths for Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth

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Mrs L Southall - Director of English

Mrs Southall is Director of English for Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth

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Mrs C. McGhie - Director of Science

Mrs McGhie is Director of Science for Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth

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Mr B. Barnes - Director of Computer Science and Business Studies

Mr Barnes is Director of Computer Science and Business Studies for Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth

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Mr J. Whitworth - Director of History

Mr Whitworth is Director of History for Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth

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Mr P. Laird - Director of Geography

Mr Laird is Director of Geography for Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth

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Mrs N. Harris-Jukes - Director of MFL

Mrs Harris-Jukes is Director of Modern Foreign Languages for Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth

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