Leeds West Academy


Leadership Update

New developments in leadership strategy

Leeds West Academy is welcoming in 2017 with exciting leadership developments, furthering the school's vision to be outstanding within three years.

Principal Nick Hinchliffe is to join the wider White Rose Academies Trust as Head of Education from February 2017. The Head of Education will develop and direct the ongoing support and specialist provisions of the Trust, supporting Leeds West Academy as well as Leeds City Academy and Leeds East Academy. 

Nick Hinchliffe explains: "This is a very exciting, creative role through which I will continue to maintain a very close connection with Leeds West Academy. I firmly believe that partnership is key to unlocking the potential of our staff and young people, ensuring that we share the outstanding practices which directly benefit our learners. By combining and furthering professional skills across the Trust, we are building a highly desirable infrastructure of support with a leading vision for future growth. I look forward to working with Leeds City Academy and Leeds East Academy at this transformative time and thank everyone for the support I have received at Leeds West Academy for the last seven years.”

Vice Principal Ben Wheeler will assume the role of Acting Principal at this time. Since 2013, Ben has led on Behaviour & Safety at Leeds West Academy and co-developed the new Behaviour Policy, whilst also creating an improved Early Intervention System. Ben also introduced the Intensive Support Team and developed the local alternative provision through his role in the Secondary Sub Group. He has also collaborated with the Cluster and the AIP to recruit leading staff whilst developing relationships between agencies.

Ben Wheeler adds: “Nick Hinchliffe’s expertise and inspirational leadership is woven into the fabric of Leeds West Academy. Following Nick’s promotion into the wider Trust, I am delighted to continue leading our dedicated and talented staff on the Academy’s journey to outstanding.”

Nick Hinchliffe will commence his new role as Head of Education in February Half Term and will also continue to teach English at Leeds West Academy throughout this academic year. The role of Leeds West Academy’s Principal will be advertised nationally and internationally this January.

The Academy is also delighted to welcome Nikki Ryder as Vice Principal, with Katie Sandham securing the role of Acting Vice Principal and Danny Bullock assuming the role of Acting Assistant Principal.

For an expanded Press Release click here.