Principal and Executive Principals


Melissa Brant-Smith

Associate Principal. I graduated from The University of Manchester in with a BA Hons Drama Degree. During that time I was an extra in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks and worked on some short films. Immediately after graduation I became a Drama I...

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Andrew Wappat

Associate Executive Principal, Outwood Academy Redcar. I began my career in Middlesbrough as a Chemistry teacher in 1994, later becoming a Head of Chemistry, and then a Head of KS4 Science. Later I also picked up responsibility for raising boys...

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Julie Slater

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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Mark Hassack

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 Govern...

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Leadership Team


Graham Skidmore

Vice Principal - Deep Support I started my teaching career at Nunthorpe School in 2005 as a teacher of drama, where I progressed to become Head of Drama, a post I held for 3 years. Following this I took a promoted post as Head of House at Stoke...

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Christina Malcolm

Assistant Principal - Deep Learning. I began my career in Birmingham in 2011 after completing my teacher training at The University of Birmingham. After my first year of teaching I became Assistant Head of House. After later moving to a different ...

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James Thynne

Assistant Principal - Deep Experience. Having studied BSc Visualisation at Teesside University, specialising in Computer Animation, and then working in the IT Industry, I retrained as a teacher of ICT in 2004 at the Newlands School FCJ in Middl...

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Joanne Cummings

Associate Assistant Principal After training in Newcastle I started my teaching career in Tamworth, Staffordshire before returning to teach in the North East. The majority of my teaching career has been at Outwood Academy Redcar and I have seen m...

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Simon Haugh

Associate Assistant Principal After studying for a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours at the University of Edinburgh in 2004 I started my career within Industry. I was quickly promoted into a management role before becoming a Direc...

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Stephanie Libbey

Associate Assistant Principal After completing my degree at Teesside University, I taught PE in a primary school in Middlesbrough through my links with the FA skills programme. Following this I trained to teach PE at Redcar Academy in 2012 throug...

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Dan Harrison

Inclusion Coordinator - After graduating with a BSc Honours degree in Sport Sciences, I worked with the Integrated Youth Support Service, supporting young people from deprived backgrounds in achieving their best possible outcomes. Following on f...

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Alex House

School Business Manager for Outwood Academy Redcar and Outwood Academy Bydales, I am proud to work for such a high achieving organisation that puts students first and transforms the life chances of so many young people. To support this goal, I str...

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