Michelle Oliphant

Principal of Granville Academy

BA (Hons.) with Qualified Teacher Status in Physical Education with English, University of Brighton / National Professional Qualification in Headship

“Every day at Granville Academy, we aspire to be the best version of ourselves at all times. My staff and students make me smile, they make me proud and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else as we are all committed to excellence and achieving the best for our students within our care. To be part of something special, is to be part of The de Ferrers Trust”.

I grew up in Nottingham and attended Colonel Frank Seely school in Calverton.  At a young age I was always interested in sports and lucky to have been good enough at it to achieve a high standard of representation in Netball and Tennis.  Academically, I had to work hard and remember the legacy of my science teacher, Mr Brown, who inspired me to work hard and always encouraged me.  Little did he know, I would go on to complete my A Levels in English, Biology and Sociology that allowed me to access a teaching course.

It was at university that I realised the importance of education and the very real opportunities that a solid education provided.  I progressed in my teaching career working up to Vice Principal and then proudly became the Principal at Hartshill School, a job I loved and enjoyed for three years.

I moved to Granville Academy in 2020 to take up my second headship, bringing me closer to home and to a new trust.  Whilst my first year has been challenging, (starting in the midst of a pandemic was always going to be interesting), I have absolutely loved it!  It has been a true joy to work with such committed staff and students.  We have achieved so much as a result of the passion and determination by the whole trust and I am very excited about the scope and possibilities that we will achieve here at Granville Academy.