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: 

#3 Mia Singleton

Emily Morris, Curriculum Leader for Geography, has nominated Mia Singleton as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because: 

Mia has joined us through Teach First and is an absolute asset to the team.

Mia has established lasting relationships with students and is always the first to offer her support to other colleagues in the team.

Mia's passion for Geography encompasses everything I could hope for in a member of my team and her students leave her lessons with this same drive and passion. 

#2 Matthew Cave

Ben Lyons, Head of Mathematics, has nominated Matthew Cave as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because: 

Matthew Cave has shown absolute dedication to his classes, the department and the school during his short time at LWA. He has shown ambition to succeed, and works tirelessly to support our students in their academic and personal wellbeing. After being able to foster an extremely positive relationship with his year 10 class during his NQT year, Matthew has taken the group forward into their crucial GCSE year. Matthew has made it his mission to ensure that the high ability students in said class, achieve the highest possible grade they can; arranging both morning lectures and after school revision sessions.

Even after a long day of teaching, Matthew will also offer to improve the Maths department further, by being a keen contributor to both department meetings and initiatives, as well as by supporting other colleagues with their planning and delivery of lessons. 

#1 Lexi Hastings

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

I would like to nominate Lexi Hastings as she works tirelessly with all of her classes to ensure they make outstanding progress! Lexi has recently completed her Masters in Education where she analysed memory techniques within her year 10 (now year 11) class. The students were very enthused and all saw vast improvements with their recall.  

Lexi has also been working with our Teach First teacher who she is shaping into an outstanding teacher of Geography. Lexi is a reliable and consistent member of the department who we all value greatly. 

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#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.