Leeds West Academy


Principal's Update

Photograph: Leeds West Academy is commended as a Stonewall School Champion.

Delivering the best experience for every student

As we reach the end of my third week as Principal of Leeds West Academy, I am pleased to report on some exciting developments. Over the last three weeks we have invested a significant amount of time to ensure that every professional who works at Leeds West is clear about their part in securing the very best outcomes for our students. The Strategy for Rapid Improvement that I shared with you last week, has underpinned much of the work with colleagues during the last week.  We are ensuring that professionals from across the Academy not only fully understand their contribution to the success of this plan, but also ensuring that we can clearly identify any support and training that is required to ensure we deliver the best experience for every student. 

On Wednesday this week, we received notification from Ofsted of a Section 8 Monitoring Inspection by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors and an additional Ofsted Inspector.  This inspection took place on Thursday 22nd June.  Whilst I am unable to share the specific feedback at this stage, I am pleased to inform you that there was a strong validation of our plans to take our Academy forwards at pace.  I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the students of Leeds West Academy, who have once again risen to the challenge, conducted themselves impeccably and have genuinely proven that Leeds West Academy students are an incredible group of young people.  I felt extremely proud of the students and staff throughout the day yesterday and sense that our mission to become a world-class academy has started in earnest.

I am also delighted to report that we have received our Stonewall School Champions award this week. Stonewall School Champions give recognition to schools who tackle homophobic bullying whilst celebrating equality and diversity. Over the past six months, our Sixth Form have been working with Ms Hutchinson to raise awareness across our school community, which ultimately saw a party of students receive their award from Sir Ian McKellen in London. This is a remarkable commendation from such a notable organization, which acknowledges the progressive culture of learning we enjoy at Leeds West Academy. I would like to thank all the students involved and Ms Hutchinson for their achievement. For more details about the immense work which went into the project, please click here.

Next Tuesday, we welcome Year 8 Parents to our Parents' Consultation Evening at a crucial point in the education of this year group.  Option choices have now been confirmed so we now start the process of preparing the students for their transition to GCSE study.  I would strongly urge parents to ensure appointments are made with subject teachers to ensure every student makes a strong start to their new courses.   Year 9 and 10 students will also commence their end of year examinations next week.  I know many students have been working hard in preparation for these, and I wish every student well and look forward to some encouraging results. 

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of two events that have been planned to provide you with an opportunity to informally meet with me and other members of the Senior Team, to share your views on our Academy and how we can improve.  We will be inviting parents to join us in the School Library on Thursday 29th June, between 5.30 and 7.00pm for Late Afternoon Tea, or on Friday 30th June between 9.00 and 10.30am, for our first Coffee Morning.  Drinks and light refreshments will be provided at each event.  I look forward to seeing you there and to hearing your views.

I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


Christian Wilcocks


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