Leeds West Academy


Acting Principal's Update

Preparing for a transformative summer

I write to you this week for the final time in my position as Acting Principal of Leeds West Academy.  It has been a pleasure to lead the Academy over the course of this year and work so closely with the many committed people who share our common goal of excellence. It has been a very powerful learning experience and one that will shape my next role as Associate Principal at Leeds West Academy. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the Academy throughout this time. It has been a challenging half-year since Christmas and we have welcomed many visitors to review our programmes for school enhancement. Whilst we are now judged as requiring improvement, I am confident to say that we now embrace the challenge of rapid improvement from a position of great strength. With an expanded family of outstanding leaders and teaching professionals, we are now ready to fully achieve our goal of becoming an outstanding school by 2020. To see some of the new people joining our school community, click here

We have a very real potential at Leeds West Academy to hit the heights of being outstanding. To achieve this we have to work closely with students, parents, staff, Governors and other professionals to develop a real love of learning and passion for our subjects. We must focus on helping our students to develop resilience and help them to learn from inevitable mistakes. Our journey to outstanding is a task we’re embarking on together; securing the best outcomes for our students whilst fostering growth and development beyond our school and across the local community. 

In an outstanding term which has included winning Stonewall School Champion Status, there are several highlights from this week alone.  Firstly, we had two fantastic events which included the Performing Arts Showcase and the Back To The Magic cheerleaders performance. These were incredibly successful evenings that demonstrated the immense talent that we have at this Academy.

Secondly, I would like to note the minute’s silence that was observed this week in memory of the victims of the Manchester atrocity. This was undertaken at one of the break times on Thursday and was impeccably observed by all of those involved.  Finally, Year 11 and the Sixth Form have braved the extreme temperatures in continuing with their exams this week. Their commitment and drive has been very impressive and I hope that this standard will be maintained as we continue into summer. Good luck, Year 11 and Sixth Form!

So, in conclusion of this last Acting Principal’s Update, I would like to officially welcome Mr Christian Wilcocks to Leeds West Academy, beginning his role over this half term. Like all students and teachers, I am excited to begin working with Mr Wilcocks, who will be an inspirational leader of this great school, ensuring we secure the best education for our young people. 

I wish you all a very restful break and let’s hope the weather continues to be kind throughout the summer.

Thank you all once again.

Yours sincerely,


Ben Wheeler
Acting Principal