Leeds West Academy


Gemma Simmons-Blench

College Nominee

Term of Office: 01/07/2017 – 01/07/2020

Own Interests: Employee at Leeds City College

Interests of Family Members: None

Gemma lives in the North East of England with her family and has worked in education for almost 20 years, she has extensive experience working in secondary, further and higher education.  

Gemma has been with Leeds City College since 2016 and is now the Vice Principal for Curriculum, with executive leadership responsibilities for Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Personal Development, Behavior and Welfare. She is also the executive lead for learners with SEND and English & maths. Ensuring the curriculum meets the needs of learners and employers is a key aspect of her role.

She worked as a link governor for Leeds City Academy during 2016/17 and commenced with Leeds West Academy in September 2017.