Leeds West Academy




Andrew Whitaker
Executive Principal - The White Rose Academies Trust

Andrew Whitaker enjoyed a ten-year career in the University sector, including working as an Associate Senior Lecturer, before moving into the 3-18 education sector as a Senior Leader. As Senior Vice Principal of the UK’s largest all-aged special school based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Andrew led all operational areas of the school including Post 16 provision. Throughout a transformative eight years he project managed a £25m BSF building programme, created a highly successful school improvement consultancy and played a key role in leading... 


Senior Leadership Group

Christian Wilcocks - Academy Principal
As a Deputy Headteacher, Mr Wilcocks worked closely with Executive Principal Mr Whitaker to transform learning and behaviour at Todmorden High School; taking the school from the bottom 5% of schools nationally, to the top 15% within a three-year period. From September 2014, Mr Wilcocks was Principal of Colne Valley High School, leading the school through a period of significant cultural change and improvement... 
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Jon Zeb - Senior Vice Principal
Jon Zeb was born and raised in Bradford and read History and Politics at The University of Huddersfield. After achieving his PGCE in History at Leeds Trinity University, he became Head of Subject at a secondary school in Keighley, followed by Head of Year at an 11-18 school in Leeds. Jon has been privileged to experience working in leadership teams in a number of settings...
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Richard Chattoe - Vice Principal
Richard Chattoe is an experienced Senior Leader joining us from The Gorse Academies Trust having worked at both The Farnley Academy as Director of Sport and more recently Associate Senior Leader and The Ruth Gorse Academy as Vice Principal. Previous to this Richard worked at St Mary’s Menston as a PE Teacher and School Sport Partnership Development Manager...
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Dan Whieldon - Vice Principal
Dan Whieldon began teaching at West Leeds High School in 2002 after a number of years working in television production at ITV in Manchester following his graduation from Staffordshire University in English, Media and Cultural Studies. After working as intervention lead and Head of Media Studies at West Leeds he left to start work as an...

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SCA Janie Jennings - Assistant Principal
Janie Jennings qualified as a Design & Technology teacher specialising in Fashion & Textiles after a 16-year career working in the Textiles Industry. She began teaching at Intake High School in 2002 and on completing her NQT year, she became Assistant Area Leader, primarily focussing on the work-related learning subjects...
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Danny Bullock - Assistant Principal
Danny Bullock joined Leeds West Academy in 2013 through the Teach First programme as an ICT Teacher. During his training with Teach First, Danny was selected to give the closing speech to 1,500 fellow trainees for the whole UK at the national closing ceremony.  Danny joined the Teach First programme because of his relentless passion to improve the life chances of young people...
Trevor Lester - Assistant Principal
Trevor has taught Mathematics at three schools over the past nineteen years. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics at Hull University, he completed his PGCE and spent his first four years teaching at Brighouse High School. He then moved to Royds School, where he gained responsibility for coordinating the Gifted and Talented provision at the school...


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