Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Who is on the AC?

Heidi Stennett


Heidi Stennett was born and brought up in Grimsby. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University
(Carnegie Sports College) in 2001 with a degree in Secondary Physical Education and has been Head of
Girls PE at three local schools and a Head of PE. Heidi has taught PE to all age ranges and has lectured at
Stirling University. In 2011 she completed her Masters in Education from Bishop Grosseteste University
College Lincoln and was accepted onto the Future Leaders Programme. Heidi has been a senior leader since 2011
and completed the Headship Now course in 2013. In 2015 Heidi took over as Interim Principal at Oasis Academy
Wintringham and accepted the post of Principal in April 2016, that summer, she led the Academy to their most
successful GCSE results ever.

Heidi is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people and has a fundamental belief that
everyone can achieve their potential through hard work and perseverance. She believes that every child is
entitled to a good education and has made it her mission to ensure that Oasis Academy Wintringham is the best that it can be.

Outside of school Heidi enjoys spending time with her friends and family and is a keen runner and netball player.
She plays in the local ladies netball league in division 1.

Katherine Bruning

AC Chair

I am married to Tim and we have two sons. I am a qualified primary school teacher and currently teach part time.
I was a Teacher Governor during my first job and became a Foundation Governor at a local CofE primary whilst
being at home, looking after my children. I have also had 5 years’ experience in the role of Chair of Governors.
I am keen to be involved with Oasis Academy Wintringham as I feel I am able to work with them to support their progress.

Please contact me at this address:
Mrs K Bruning
C/O Mrs S Apps, Clerk to the Academy Council
Oasis Academy Wintringham

John Fenty

Chair of Behaviour for Learning Sub-committee and H&S Lead

Having been a successful business man for over 38 years, I sold my main business in 2006 (Five Star Fish LTD)
and have since largely provided charitable services and also helping new start, troubled and growing businesses
with advice and backing. I have also been a Director of Grimsby Town Football Club for over 16 years and the
Enterprise agency for 10 years. I am also a Ward Councillor for North East Lincolnshire Council. I was asked to
consider joining the Academy Council by the Principal of Oasis Wintringham and I jumped at the chance!

Sam Wright

Support Staff Representative and SEN Lead

I have been employed by Oasis Academy Wintringham for 9 years as a Learning Support Assistant.
In my previous job, I was the Support Staff Governor and have also been a Union Rep for support staff at the Academy.
I feel I can bring this previous experience, along with my strong work ethic and excellent communication skills to this role.

Louise Axcell

Parent Representative and Chair of Standards, Curriculum and Progress Sub-Committee
and Safeguarding Lead

I am mother to Joe (previous Head Boy) and Olivia (previous student). I have been a Governor at Lisle Marsden
Academy for the past 8 years at the primary school that my children had attended and the place where I work. I felt
that it was time for a change so jumped at the chance to join the Academy Council for Oasis Academy Wintringham.
My husband and I are both extremely proud of our children and feel that the education they receive at OAW is outstanding.
I strongly believe in a parent/school partnership and hope to continue that within my Academy Council role.

Peter Sutherland

Standards, Curriculum and Progress

I was part of Wintringham’ s first intake in 1954, after passing the 11+ in Brighowgate Children’s Home and
eventually leaving in 1961 with and Open Scholarship to study Economics at the University of Leeds. I subsequently
qualified as an accountant and built a career in financial markets, mostly in Asia, working as a stockbroker; penning
a Sunday Times column in Singapore; addressing investment conferences and training graduates to analyse economies
and publically listed companies. When it was suggested that I consider joining the Academy Council, I was instantly
drawn to the idea and I feel I can contribute to the work and life of Oasis Academy Wintringham.

Paul Silvester

Behaviour for Learning

Biography is coming soon.

Magnus Smedley

Standards, Curriculum and Progress

We have two children at Oasis Academy Wintringham, both of whom are doing very well indeed. I have been a
teacher for twenty three years, and a headteacher for seven of those years. My background is both primary and
secondary (I was a secondary school maths and science teacher for twelve years as well as an assistant head) and
I have previously also been an advisor / consultant for North East Lincolnshire education department.

Currently I am in my second headship. My background is working in schools in challenging circumstances;
I was part of the new SLT that brought Matthew Humberstone secondary out of special measures.
For my first headship I was seconded to take over a school in the serious weakness category.
I guided it through two successful OFSTED's in quick succession and stayed as head for five years before
moving to St. Peters in Cleethorpes, two years ago.

I have been a school governor in one form or another since 2004 and have been a chair since 2007 of two
different schools. At Ulceby we have just come out of special measures (I joined the governing body after
it went into special measures).

The above might lead you to think that I am a data driven OFSTED monster who focuses on leadership,
impacts, data and teaching / learning and whilst I can do this easily, I am also very interested in the whole
person experience (both for staff and pupils) and the overall experience a child receives at school.

Annamaria Firth

Teaching Staff Representative and Safeguarding

I have been employed by Oasis Academy Wintringham since 2016 and am currently the Head of Technology.
Originally from Grimsby, I have been teaching in the surrounding area since graduating in 2001 from The University
College of St Mark & St John with a degree in secondary Education D&T.

Throughout my teaching career I have had leadership roles within teaching & learning, pastoral support and SENCo.
I have always been passionalte about inclusion and providing opportunities for students to become the best version
of themselves, both academically and in their day to day lives. I consider Oasis Academy Wintringham to be a
valued member of the community am looking forward to working as part of the Academy Council to
develop this further.

Rebecca Clayton

Standards, Curriculum and Progress

Biography is coming soon.