Leeds West Academy

Acting Principal's Update

Before Half Term provides us all with a well-earned break, we embark on our ever-popular ICE Week at Leeds West Academy. ICE Week, as you know, is a crucial part of our PSHE curriculum and a core aspect of Academy life. This week of vibrant activities offers students the opportunity to join trips and residentials across the region, exploring career options whilst also providing intensive workshops which inspire and further the futures of our students. I hope you will join me in following events as they happen through our busy social media channels on Facebook and Twitter at @LeedsWestWay. One of the key events is Safer Internet Day, of which more information is now available on our website here

This week, Year 11 will be embarking on their mock examinations, allowing students to experience the rigours of exam conditions whilst providing valuable assessment data on each individual’s progress. I would like to thank Year 11 for their outstanding resilience and determination which they have been demonstrating at this time, particularly with their revision. We have several additional revision sessions running through the Half Term break and I wish to thank the support of staff as well as the attendance of students, who are all ensuring that Year 11 will reach their full potential. Keep up the hard work.

Last week saw us appoint our Head Boy and Head Girl following a superb election campaign comprised of five eloquent students. Harry, Erin, Nancy, Eryn and James each spoke passionately to Years 7 through to Year 11 about why they wished to become prime student leaders. Following the election, I am delighted to announce that Erin and James have been voted as Head Girl and Head Boy. I look forward to working with them on a host of innovative projects which will also see them joining forces with other student leaders across the Trust.

In other news, we will shortly be welcoming Mr Chris Reynolds from the wider Academy Trust to work at Leeds West Academy as Assistant Principal with a focus on Positive Discipline and student welfare. Mr Reynolds is a very popular and inspirational member of staff, who has made a life-changing impact at Leeds East Academy and we welcome him to our school next term.

This week we will be conducting interviews for the permanent position of Principal at Leeds West Academy. The process is rigorous and meticulous, as we seek to continue recruiting outstanding staff to further our Trust-wide vision of excellence. As Acting Principal, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the outstanding candidates visiting the Academy this week.

Finally, as February weather causes disruption, I’d like to remind everyone that we still expect all of our students to be at school, on time, every time and ready to learn. If ice and snow is forecast, please set off from home in good time. In the event of heavy snow disruptions, I will announce any closures through social media, the website and a text home. Otherwise, please assume that the Academy is open, our heating is on and our classrooms are fired up and ready for learning.

I wish you all an enthralling and rewarding ICE Week.


Best wishes,

Mr Ben Wheeler
Acting Principal