Leeds West Academy


Principal's Update

Our Strategy for Rapid Improvement

At the end of my second week as Principal at Leeds West Academy, I would firstly like to extend my sincere thanks to our amazing students, who have not only made me feel extremely welcome, but have shared their thoughts, ideas and opinions about how we can work together to rapidly improve our Academy.  I would also like to extend my thanks to those parents who have taken the time to contact me directly to raise some key issues with me.  This contact has formed the basis of some informative conversations that have helped to shape our plans for taking Leeds West Academy forwards.

One of my key pledges to staff, students and parents is that I will share our Strategy for Rapid improvement, so that all those with a vested interest in our success are fully aware of our intentions and therefore understand the reasons behind every decision.  One further reassurance I would like to make to parents and students, is that the progress and well-being of our students will be at the heart of every decision we make as leaders and staff of Leeds West Academy.

I am pleased to share with you today, our Strategy for Rapid Improvement.  This document details the first steps we plan to take in our mission to provide a truly world-class education for each and every one of our students.  It is important that parents, students and other stakeholders are aware of this plan, so that any changes that are made are understood in terms of their rationale and their intended impact.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our plans going forwards, please do raise these with me directly. 

In keeping with my intention to ensure we communicate effectively with parents, I would like to launch this officially through a series of events for parents.  On Thursday 29th June, we will hold an early evening Engage event, where we will open our doors to parents who would like to meet with me and other members of our leadership team in an informal setting, with drinks and light refreshments provided.  This will be followed by a Coffee Morning on Friday 30th June.  I hope that this will prove to be a good forum through which parents can communicate their views on our Academy.  Formal invitations will be sent to all parents over the next working week. 

In closing, I would like to thank you once again for your support during my first two weeks as Principal and to unreservedly state what a privilege it is to work within such a caring and welcoming community.

I wish you an enjoyable and restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,


Christian Wilcocks


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