Dan Mason, BSc, NPQH is the Principal of Ormiston SWB Academy. Dan has been a senior leader since 2013, working in a variety of educational settings. Dan is a qualified SENDCO and Access Arrangements Assessor, who has a keen interest in improving the life chances of children, irrelevant of any barriers they may face.
Having progressed from a Physical Education background, Dan is a father of two boys and a keen athlete who enjoys completing endurance activities across Europe Email: [email protected]
Miss Sarah Woodbine Vice Principal (Pastoral, Safeguarding (DSL), Student Services and Executive SENDCO)
Miss Woodbine has had a varied career: working across primary, secondary and special school establishments. Within the Children’s Services department at the Local Authority and as the the Multi Agency & Support Team manager in Bilston for two years. Miss Woodbine says that her passion for safeguarding, special needs and supporting the most vulnerable students has come from her experiences over the years – seeing how differences can be made to families and sometimes being the advocate for those the most in need.
Outside of school Miss Woodbine’s favourite time is spent with her two daughters, their two dogs and pony.
Mr Simon King Vice Principal (Raising Aspirations)
Simon King is responsible for Curriculum design, options and external examinations
Simon joined the academy in 2017. He graduated from Bristol University before completing his PGCE at Kings College, London. He started his teaching career in London and Kent as a Science teacher and then Head of department before relocating to the West Midlands and taking up a senior leadership position in Birmingham where he set up and ran a sixth form. He has been a senior leader since 2012 and has completed a number of outreach placements across the West Midlands as part of a previous role in school improvement. Simon now oversees the options process and the overall design of the curriculum.
Outside of the academy, Simon is a husband and father who enjoys hiking, travel and following the contrasting fortunes of Charlton Athletic and the England Cricket team.
Mr James Crawley Associate Vice Principal (Student Outcomes and CPD)
James Crawley is responsible for data, assessment and outcomes at Ormiston SWB Academy.
James graduated with a 2:1 in Geography and Sociology (BA) from the University of Leeds. James then completed his PGDIPED teaching course at the University of Birmingham and obtained his Masters degree in Education through Newman University.
James joined Ormiston SWB Academy in January 2019 having previously taught in Birmingham. James is a teacher of humanities and enjoys teaching human geography, particularly how people are impacting upon the world and how this can be better managed.
Outside of school James is a keen traveller, reader and sportsman.
Mr Kieran Ellement Vice Principal (Quality of Education)
Kieran is responsible for teaching & learning, curriculum implementation and assessment at Ormiston South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy.
Kieran graduated from Coventry University with an honours degree in Geography and Natural Hazards (BSc) before completing his PGCE in secondary geography at Keele University. Kieran joined the academy in 2016 and has held the position of lead practitioner (teaching and learning) and more recently Associate Assistant Principal (curriculum). He has a passion for improving life experiences of young people. One of his proudest achievements at our Academy has been leading numerous trips to Iceland over the years, giving many of our students a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Outside of school, Kieran is a proud father of two adopted boys who keep him busy during weekends and school holidays. Kieran is a keen musician, having played in several bands and orchestras as a drummer from a young age.
Mrs Donna Hughes Assistant Principal (Personal Development)
Donna Hughes is responsible for leading all aspects of Personal Development here at the academy.
Donna graduated with 2:1 in BA(Hons) Drama from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Originally from the North- East, Donna moved to the West Midlands upon graduation and has taught English at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy since its inception.
As well as responsibility for leading on the academies C.O.R.E curriculum which incorporates aspects of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education, RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) and FBV (Fundamental British Values). and SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development , Donna is also the academy lead for Mental Health and Well-being, Enrichment and Student Voice.
Outside of the academy, Donna is an animal rights advocate and spends her time volunteering at a local animal shelter, or fostering unwanted animals. In her social time, Donna is also an avid reader and enjoys the theatre and the cinema.
Donna fully believes that the student centric curriculum, and culture that is at the heart of the academy vision will not only help to educate, but empower all SWB students to lead, happy, enriched and rewarding lives.
Mrs Jane Bayley Assistant Principal (KS5 and Careers)
Jane Bayley is responsible for SWB6th, the sixth form here at Ormiston SWB Academy.
Jane graduated with a 2:1 in French and German (BA Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton. Jane then continued to Keele University to complete her PGCE in French and German. Languages are Jane’s passion, particularly the way they inspire others to see the world in a different way and support diversity.
Jane has previously taught in schools across the country and has completed her NPQSL and is also a SLE for middle leadership and MFL with the ConnectEd Partnership. She also enjoys coaching others to achieve their potential, through the coaching training she has received being an SLE.
Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and travelling.
As Business Manager Ali is responsible for the operational functions of the Academy.
Ali joined the Academy in 2014 shortly after obtaining his Certificate in Schools Business Management (CSBM), contributing to key operational areas of; Finance, HR, Facilities and IT. While at the Academy Ali continued his development by undertaking an Operational Management qualification, where he received a distinction.
Outside of the Academy, Ali enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit and music.