Leeds West Academy


Principal's Update

Following the road of revision to exam success

As we begin our well-deserved Easter break, I would primarily like to thank students and their families for providing us with the opportunity to run a staff training day this term. Following our Ofsted inspection, I’m sure you will agree that it is of paramount importance that we assess and respond to the report’s findings as part of our wider programme for school improvement. As such, we have evaluated our teaching and learning strategies with a renewed focus on individual outcomes and we look forward to returning next term in a position of great strength.

I have been delighted to receive letters from parents and carers providing us with support and praise, making note of the significant influence we’ve had on improving outcomes for our young people. Our Academy exists to raise aspirations and ensure that every child reaches their full potential; with your support we will continue to achieve this, whilst ensuring our school will be re-evaluated as ‘outstanding’ within three years.

It has been a remarkable term with many triumphs, including the cheerleader tour in Disneyland Paris, incredible football and rugby victories across the region and the outstanding performances of The Wiz in the Academy Theatre. I have also been impressed at the work undertaken by new focus groups within the Academy, such as The Leeds West LGBT Campaign Group who are working towards ensuring our Academy secures the status of Stonewall Champion.

Equally, as you may have seen on BBC Breakfast earlier this month, Leeds West Academy was celebrated as a school who takes bullying seriously; allowing us to provide an environment for learning where everyone can achieve. Each week we garner unique achievements as a school community, typifying what I feel is the Leeds West attitude to life as well as learning.

This term is also a crucial time for our Year 11s as they embark on the process of examinations. To support this, we have a superb reference guide which outlines the many methods available to students to support their revision. This is available in printed form for all of our students and can also be obtained via download on the Academy website here.

Finally, may I say it has been a wonderful experience to be Acting Principal of Leeds West Academy for the past four months. Having the school community under my care following Mr Hinchliffe’s outstanding leadership has been an honour and we’re now looking forward to welcoming Mr Wilcocks as permanent Academy Principal this Summer. Mr Wilcocks brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience to our school, leading us all on a vibrant journey to outstanding.

I wish you all a very restful Easter break, ahead of a vital next term, where we will return refreshed, eager and ready for examinations. During that time, I suggest you take a look at our vibrant Easter Newsletter, which showcases just some of the incredible achievements of our students and staff this term.

Best wishes,


Ben Wheeler
Acting Principal


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