Heather Holmes - English, Literacy - Director of English, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Heather has previously worked at Scalby School, Scarborough, where she became Head of Department in 2007, while still an NQT. On joining Scalby, the English Department’s results were 42% A* to C; by 2011 the results had risen to 81% A* to C. Heather has experience leading and managing effectively during times of change and challenge, having led the department during Scalby’s period in special measures. Relentless in high expectations of both staff and students, she has a rigorous approach to monitoring and evaluation.

At Scalby, Heather also worked as an Associate Assistant Head in Deep Support and as part of that role led the No Student Left Behind project, an initiative to raise reading and writing standards and introduce a Whole School Literacy Policy. This project significantly boosted literacy standards across the school and allowed staff to work diagnostically, targeting students with weaker literacy schools.

Heather has presented on this to school leaders from across the country on behalf of the SSAT and can advise on strategies to raise attainment in all aspects of WJEC GCSE English/English Language specifications.