Staff

Our Leadership Team

Leigh Moore
Principal

"I grew up in Oldbury and have remained local ever since. On graduating from University, I made the decision to return to teach in the Midlands so that I could give something back to my local community. I started my career as a History teacher working in Sandwell before spending five years as an education business manager for schools in Birmingham, the Black Country and the East Midlands. In 2006, I returned to the classroom (once again in Sandwell) as an English teacher and in 2008, was promoted to senior leader – I have over seven years’ experience, including as acting headteacher, with a particular focus on curriculum, achievement and safeguarding. I am passionately committed to improving life chances and opportunities for young people in Sandwell and I’m proud to take up the position of Principal at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in January 2016."

Samuel Gray
Assistant Principal
Myk Wagstaff
Vice Principal

"I grew up locally and still live within Sandwell. I graduated with a degree in music from the University of Wolverhampton, Followed by a PGCE from the University of Worcester. After a short time working in Worcestershire I have spent the last 15 years working in Sandwell at our Sister Academy, OSCA. During this time I have undertaken many different roles as a Senior Leader including Curriculum, Progress, Assessment, Sixth Form, Marketing and Head of House. My Current Role is Vice Principal and I take the lead on improving the Quality of Education across the Academy, leading on our curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment as well as supporting all of our leaders to do their best for our students. I am also designated as a Specialist Leader of Education. I completed my NPQH in September 2020"

Nicola Atkins
Assistant Principal

"I grew up in Sedgley and completed my Degree at the University of Wolverhampton where I studied English in my first year, before moving on to complete a BA Honours degree in Sports Studies with Leisure and Recreation Management. Following this I completed my PGCE at Worcester University. I have worked in Sandwell for the past 18 years and have undertaken a number of leadership roles in my previous school. This led to my appointment as the Director of Applied Learning and Technology, where I was able to implement a full suite of vocational qualifications. From this I was able to progress onto the senior leadership team at Wodensborough as a Senior Lead for Vocational/CEIAG (careers education advice and guidance and work experience). Here, I am able to implement a careers programme; inpiring students to succeed and make the transition from school into further education or the workplace."

Craig Smith
Assistant Principal

"I grew up in Campbeltown, on the west coast of Scotland. After studying Biology and Education (specialising in Special Education) at The University of Stirling, I moved to the midlands and have been here ever since. After a year of teaching in Scotland, I joined Wodensborough in 1997 and have had a number of roles in the academy including SENCo and Senior Leader for Inclusion. My current role as Assistant Principal has also presented me with a number of opportunities, but at the moment my work centres around systems, compliance, policy, ICT development, HR and communications."

Simrun Badyal
Assistant Principal

"I studied Law at the University of Birmingham, and then secured a graduate scheme with Teach First. I taught Maths at a school in Chelmsley Wood, and helped to improve the Maths results considerably. I relocated to Wolverhampton when I got married, and worked across two schools improving Teaching and Learning in the Maths departments. I then went on to become Head of Maths at a school in Walsall, where I transformed the performance of the Maths department, and later completed a secondment as an Assistant Principal. During this time, I remained as Head of Maths, line managed Science and Technology, and was responsible for Pupil Premium across the school. I came to Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in April 2020, to support with Raising Achievement across all year groups and subjects. I am also working closely with the Maths and Science departments, and looking after Pupil Premium."