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

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' achievem...

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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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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 Stokes...

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Richard Lundie

Assistant Principal, Deep Experience I started my leadership journey at Monkwearmouth School in Sunderland as whole school Initial teacher training mentor, mentoring upwards of 15 student teachers through the early stages of their careers. ...

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Steven Smith

Assistant Principal - Deep Learning and Head of PE I started at Redcar in September 2008 as Head of Physical Education, since this time I have undertaken numerous leadership roles within the school. I am proud to work with a team passionate abo...

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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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Rachel Smith

Associate Assistant Principal I started my career in 1996 in Bradford working in 2 schools with the challenging circumstances of inner city education. Over 80% of both schools spoke English as a second language and in my first school, Grange ...

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Rebecca Wheatley

Inclusion Coordinator, Associate Assistant Principal I joined Outwood Academy’s trust in 2015 when I was appointed as Inclusion administrator at Outwood Academy Acklam. In March 2016 I was seconded to Redcar Academy as their Education Welfare...

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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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Tristan Keates

Associate Assistant Principal, Second in Science I was inspired to become a teacher by my own children. After careers in retail and pub management, I found myself caring for a young family and during this time began studies with Open University...

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