Leeds West Academy


Richard Chattoe

Vice Principal

Richard Chattoe is an experienced Senior Leader joining us from The Gorse Academies Trust having worked at both The Farnley Academy as Director of Sport and more recently Associate Senior Leader and The Ruth Gorse Academy as Vice Principal. Previous to this Richard worked at St Mary’s Menston as a PE Teacher and School Sport Partnership Development Manager.

Richard will oversee and drive improvement in Teaching and Learning at Leeds West Academy and believes that creating and embedding a ‘culture of excellence’ in all classrooms and throughout the Academy is essential. He adds: “In order to engage, motivate and challenge students to the very highest levels, it is absolutely imperative that all staff work to a clear and shared vision, set the highest expectations and standards, and work relentlessly to secure outstanding Teaching and Learning at The Leeds West Academy.”

Richard passionately believes in the power of leadership and has seen a vast number of students develop and grow into outstanding young people through embracing personal challenge and developing a range of key planning, communication and presentation skills. He adds: “The development of student leadership has a profound and long-lasting impact on student behaviour, progress and achievement and greatly supports students becoming well-rounded, responsible and highly impressive young people.”

Richard is delighted to be joining Leeds West Academy and is relishing the opportunity to work with both staff and students. Richard explains: “I am extremely excited to join the Leeds West Academy and cannot wait to work in closely with staff, students and parents as we aim to develop a truly exceptional learning environment.”