Leeds West Academy



Our Vision

To be an exceptional and responsive academy sponsor providing life-changing education, skills and experiences for individuals in our academies and in their communities.

Our Values

  • We believe that education can transform lives
  • We respect the individual, relishing the contribution that diversity brings
  • We strive to be the best we can be, actively and with pride
  • We look after our environment to keep it safe, healthy and inclusive
  • We lead by example and work as a team 
  • We take responsibility for our own actions and are active in finding solutions to any problems
  • We respond flexibly to the needs of students & take advantage of opportunities in the City of Leeds and the wider world

Leeds West Academy LAB Members

Dan Whieldon - Principal / Ex-officio


Principal of Leeds West Academy

Cllr. Caroline Gruen - Chair


Leadership and Governance

An elected City Councillor representing the ward of Bramley and Stanningley

Darren Finlay - Vice-Chair


Staff matters, Health and Safety 

Barrister at Park Square Barristers in Leeds and head of the Civil team. 

Gillian Knutsson - Board Nominee

16/01/2021 - 15/01/2024

Behaviour and Closing the Gap  
Previously an interim Headteacher and Principal in schools in the west of Leeds. 

Donna Hobson - Staff Governor (Non-Teaching)

27/04/2023 - 27/04/2026

Assistant SENDco at Leeds West Academy 

Shaun Kiernan - Board Appointee 

01/09/2021 - 31/08/2024

Works at Wellspring Academy Trust


Jonathan Hartley - Parent Governor 

01/09/2021 - 31/08/2024

Senior Cyber Security Specialist at Asda

Dan Evans - Board Appointee


Teacher/Senior Leader & SENDCo at Outwood Grange Academy

LAB Register of Interests 2023-24

Click here to view the full LAB Register of Interests 2023-24

LAB Attendance Register

Click here to view LWA's 2022-23 Attendance Register

LWA LAB Member List

Click here to view LWA LAB Member List

The White Rose Academies Trust - Board of Directors/Trustees

Click here to view the full details of the WRAT Board of Directors 

White Rose Academies Trust Annual Reports and Accounts 

Click here to view the White Rose Academies Trust Annual Reports and Accounts.

 If you are looking for a new career opportunity within a value driven organisationclick here to see our current vacancies.