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

LWA LAB Members

Anthony Blackwell

Anthony was educated at Bradford Grammar School and subsequently at Pembroke College Oxford, where he studied for a history degree. After graduating in 1979, Anthony joined the international accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Leeds office. He qualified as chartered accountant in 1982... 


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Christian Wilcocks

As a Deputy Headteacher, Mr Wilcocks worked closely with Executive Principal Mr Whitaker to transform learning and behaviour at Todmorden High School; taking the school from the bottom 5% of schools nationally, to the top 15% within a three-year period. From September 2014, Mr Wilcocks was Principal of Colne Valley High School, leading the school through a period of significant cultural change and improvement... ... 



Jeanne Rogers
College Nominee

Jeanne Rogers lives in North Leeds with her family and has worked with children and young people for over 25 years. Beginning her career in Children’s Centres in East Leeds, she went on to teach students that aspired to be childcare practitioners... 




Gemma Simmons
College Nominee

Biography coming soon.


Cllr. Caroline Gruen
Board Nominee

Caroline has lived in Leeds all her adult life and initially trained to be a teacher at Leeds University, gaining firstly a BEd and then a MEd in Education. She went on to teach in five of the city's schools... 

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Darren Finley
Board Nominee

Barrister (civil and employment). Former Chair of the City of Leeds School Improvement Executive Board.




Kim Hird

Kim Hird was born in Leeds and attended the Academy in 1991, which was formerly known as Intake High. As such, her she has specifically close ties with the wider school community... 




  Click here to view/download the LAB Responsibilities 2016-17 Document


LAB Attendance Register

NAME 19.09.16 17.10.16 12.12.16 07.02.17 28.03.17 23.05.17
Anthony Blackwell X X X X X  
Caroline Gruen N X X X X  
Jeanne Rogers X X X X X  
Darren Finlay X X X N X  
Christopher Carey X X X X    
Kim Hird X X X X X  
Donna Hobson       X X  
Laura Dixon   X X X X  
Su Edwards X X X      
Shirley Peacock X X X      
Nick Hinchcliffe X X X      
Ben Wheeler       X X  
Andrew Whitaker X N N N X  
Mike Gidley N N X N X  




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



 Colin Booth OBE

Chief Executive and Principal, Leeds City College

 Anthony Blackwell

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

 Cllr. Caroline Gruen

Councillor for Bramley and Stanningley Ward, Leeds City Council.  Former Director of Education, Calderdale Council and Head of Learning, Kirklees Council.

Erica Hiorns (Vice Chair)

School Improvement Adviser, Leeds City Council

Jane Pither

Deputy Principal Corporate Services and Resource Management, Leeds City College

Prof. Darren Shickle

Professor of Public Health, University of Leeds. Formerly Chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committees at both Leeds East and Leeds West Academies.

Christine Smith (Chair)

A commercial general manager with extensive cross-functional experience, combining financial and commercial skills. Formerly a Category Director at Morrisons, now with Intertek Testing Services Ltd. A current governor of Leeds City College

Claire Rix

Biography coming soon.


In accordance with the company’s Articles of Association, the Directors may appoint up to 3 co-opted Directors 

 CEO (ex-offcio)

 In accordance with the company's Articles of Association, the CEO (if any) shall be a Director for as long s/he remains in office as such.