Leeds West Academy


Teacher Feature

Recognising our Teachers at Leeds West Academy 

Each week, teachers are asked to nominate their colleagues to be featured on our all new 'Teacher Feature' page. At Leeds West Academy, we value each and every one of our teachers who work tirelessly to support our students, taking their learning to the next level. Read about what makes our teachers so special below: 

#2- Michelle Minton

Emily Morris, Head of Geography, has nominated Michelle Minton as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because: 

Michelle’s degree was in Environmental Conservation and she is very interested in sustainable management and the protection of fragile environments around the world. In the classroom Michelle ensures all students are able to succeed and share in her love for Geography by enabling students to explore new places and cultures through advocating sustainable development and social justice. Michelle is able to create a classroom environment based on a mutual respect and a thirst for new knowledge making her an invaluable team member. Michelle builds excellent relationships with her students providing them with real inspiration that she can draw on from her time travelling through India and Southeast Asia. Michelle believes the best geography lesson she ever had was travelling on a shoestring budget through some of these amazing wonders, believing that our planet is truly incredible and something that we desperately need to treasure. Alongside this Michelle previously partnered with a school in Durban, South Africa Africa through ‘British Council Connecting Classrooms’ which she led to 2 visits to Durban where Michelle taught in a secondary school and delivered CPD.  South African teachers also visited the UK.  A third trip involved two students from both schools making the trip too.

#1- Ben Billingham 

Anna Simmons, Head of History has nominated Ben Billingham as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because: 

The history department is pleased to have Ben Billingham in its ranks. Having joined Leeds West Academy as a newly qualified teacher he successful completed his NQT and RQT years and has become a valued and dedicated member of the team. He has a deep love of history, and in particular an interest in Byzantine Empire, which he passes onto his students on a daily basis.  In the classroom Ben builds excellent relationships with his students allowing them to thrive, engage and become real historians in the making. In addition he is well travelled and speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Basque; in fact his Spanish was so good he has been asked to teach within that curriculum area to share his love of the language and Spanish culture. Furthermore Ben bring both his musical and in particular his chess playing skills and has set up a chess club on a Friday which is well attended by students from across the school.