Leeds West Academy

Leadership

 

Andrew Whitaker

Executive Principal

White Rose Academies Trust

 

Andrew Whitaker enjoyed a ten year career in the University sector, including working as an Associate Senior Lecturer, before moving into the 3-18 education sector as a Senior Leader. As Senior Vice Principal of the UK’s largest all-aged special school based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Andrew led all operational areas of the school including Post 16 provision. Throughout a transformative eight years he project managed a £25m BSF building programme, created a highly successful school improvement consultancy and played a key role in leading... 

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Executive Leadership Group

Ben Wheeler

Acting Principal 

 

Ben Wheeler studied at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in Secondary Physical Education. His first role as a PE teacher was at Balby Carr School in Doncaster, where he was also appointed as Assistant Head of Year. Within four years Ben was appointed as Head of School at Campsmount School, Doncaster, before promotion to the role of Assistant Headteacher as Lead Designate for... 

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  Ailsa Campbell

Senior Vice Principal

 

Ailsa Campbell qualified as an English teacher after a six year career working in the Travel Industry. She began teaching at Shelley College, an outstanding school in Kirklees, and three years after qualifying became an Advanced Skills Teacher, working across a number of schools in the region. Ailsa moved to Garforth Academy in Leeds where she led a successful department and became an accredited...

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Nikki Ryder

Vice Principal 

 

Nikki Ryder was appointed to the role of Vice Principal at Leeds West Academy in January 2017. Nikki leads on key areas of teaching and learning, ensuring all students receive a high quality education in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. Nikki began her career at The Farnley Academy and quickly progressed to Head of Post-16 and Strategic Leader of Geography... 

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Katie Sandham

Acting Vice Principal

 

Katie Sandham qualified as an English teacher in 2008 and began teaching at the newly founded Leeds West Academy, having thoroughly enjoyed doing her training there. Katie was part of the English team when significant improvements were being made, and after two years, became Learning Project Leader in the English Department...

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Fiona McMahon

Senior Assistant Principal

 

Fiona McMahon started her teaching career in a large inner city suburb of Hull. After a few years she was appointed as Head of Music and in this role, led a variety of creative projects including working with students to create a performance for the opening of the KC stadium and musically directing the second ever school production in the UK of Les Miserables... 

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Helen Russell

Senior Assistant Principal

Helen gained her Biology degree from The University of Leeds where she also completed her PGCE. She began her teaching career in Bradford in 1999 and spent four years as KS3 Science Coordinator before moving to France as Head of Biology for the British School of Paris for two years. On her return to the UK, Helen started work at Intake High School as Head of Science... 

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JFL James Rand
Assistant Principal

James Rand began his teaching career at Leeds West Academy eight years ago as part of the inaugural cohort of Teach First in the Yorkshire and Humber region. He previously worked in the publishing industry and taught English in Malaysia and India before and after studying a degree in History at the University of Sheffield...
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  SCA Janie Jennings
Assistant Principal
Danny Bullock
Assistant Principal

Danny Bullock joined Leeds West Academy in 2013 through the Teach First programme as an ICT Teacher. During his training with Teach First, Danny was selected to give the closing speech to 1,500 fellow trainees for the whole UK at the national closing ceremony.  Danny joined the Teach First programme because of his relentless passion to improve the life chances of young people...
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  JFL Luke Pollard
Assistant Principal

Luke Pollard joined the Academy through Teach First in 2011 as an ICT teacher, becoming the ICT and Business Subject Leader twelve months later. In 2014, he was appointed Lead Practitioner for Computing, leading the Computing departments at Leeds West Academy and Leeds East Academy...
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