Leeds West Academy




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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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... 

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Ben Wheeler

Associate 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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Jon Zeb

Senior Vice Principal 


Jon Zeb was born and raised in Bradford and read History and Politics at The University of Huddersfield. After achieving his PGCE in History at Leeds Trinity University, he became Head of Subject at a secondary school in Keighley, followed by Head of Year at an 11-18 school in Leeds. Jon has been privileged to experience working in leadership teams in a number of settings...

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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....

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James Rand
Assistant Principal - Head of Sixth Form

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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Janie Jennings
Assistant Principal


Janie Jennings qualified as a Design & Technology teacher specialising in Fashion & Textiles after a 16-year career working in the Textiles Industry. She began teaching at Intake High School in 2002 and on completing her NQT year, she became Assistant Area Leader, primarily focussing on the work related learning subjects...
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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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  Trevor Lester
Assistant Principal

Trevor has taught Mathematics at three schools over the past nineteen years. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics at Hull University, he completed his PGCE and spent his first four years teaching at Brighouse High School. He then moved to Royds School, where he gained responsibility for coordinating the Gifted and Talented provision at the school. He was also responsible for coordinating the Aim Higher initiative, which raised students' aspirations and increased the number of students who continued in education...


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