Leeds West Academy




Your Transition - Information & Guidance 


New Starters for 2018/19- Welcome to Leeds West Academy letter


Further information for 2018-19 will be coming soon.


Quick Links

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Supporting Documents

LWA Bus Timetable Routes 2017-18 - 14th July 2017
LWA Uniform Guidance 2017-18 - 10th July 2017


Tutor Profiles

Ms Brear

My name is Ms Brear and I am looking forward to welcoming you into Leeds West Academy as a year 7 form tutor in September. I have worked at LWA for five years building positive relationships with our fabulous students. I work mainly teaching technology subjects, focusing on hair and beauty options and Sixth Form. My strengths are building supportive relationships needed to guide you and motivate you through your Leeds West journey. Have a wonderful summer and I will see you in September.

Ms Hale

I am an English teacher from Liverpool but currently live in Huddersfield. I studied both Drama and English at university and have a Masters in Education. I adore going to the theatre and my favourite play of all time may be Blood Brothers - but then again, I may be biased. I support Liverpool FC and have been to a fair few matches, so I definitely understand the off side rule. I am a kind and understanding person and will do my best to ensure you have the best time possible at Leeds West Academy.

Ms Coulson

My name is Ms Coulson and I am a Science teacher at Leeds West Academy. Outside of school, I love animals, music that wakes me up, hiking in the middle of nowhere and reading crime books. My background is that I finished school back too long ago to remember, however, some of the A levels that I got were not too great. So I went to night school which really inspired me to get into education and science. My degree is in Applied Chemistry which was a very quantum mechanics led course and I completed this for my 40th birthday. I look forward to seeing you all in September.

Ms Evans

I am an Art and Photography teacher from Manchester, whose love of Art extends beyond the classroom! Before teaching at Leeds West Academy I designed graphic communications for the gas industry, and previous to that I studied Fine Arts at the University of Chester. I love exploring new places all over the world, so I travel as much as possible in the school holidays! When I'm not travelling I relish time with my family and friends, and time spent outdoors in the lovely British countryside (if it's not raining!).

Mr Holliday

I am Mr Holliday. I am about to enter my third year of teaching and my second year at Leeds West Academy. I am Teacher of Science in which Biology is my specialism. I am fascinated by nature and the wonders of it! I studied Biology at Newcastle University, where I graduated from in 2012. Prior to starting my career in teaching, I had the opportunity to visit many beautiful places around the world, which was an incredible experience. I went to school in North Leeds, at Roundhay High School. In my spare time, I relish the opportunity to get involved in team sports, of which football and rugby are my favourite sports. I also enjoy socialising with friends and going on holidays. I look forward to welcoming you into school and being your form tutor!

Ms Beaumont

I am Ms Beaumont and I have worked at Technology for the past 5 years. I am a Textile Designer by trade and have a passion for teaching skills like these to our students. I like to travel to new places and see new things around the world where I can.  

Mr Wilson

Mr Wilson is a Teacher of Business and Computing, new to Leeds West Academy, having previously worked in Manchester before making the move up to Leeds. Mr Wilson has worked in various industry roles prior to working within the Education sector. His interests include travel, sports, especially playing football, current affairs and music. Mr Wilson's subject specialism is Business Studies which he teaches up to post-16 level within the Academy's 6th Form.

Ms Arthurs

I have taught for across many Primary and Secondary schools in Leeds over the past 15 years.  I started at Leeds West in April 2017 and have been a year 7 tutor.  My interests and hobbies include climbing, MMA, aerial arts, running, rounders and swimming.  My main subject is Science at LWA.  I am really looking forward to meeting you all in September, have a safe summer!

Ms Thorneycroft

I'm Ms Thorneycroft and I'm a Spanish teacher here at Leeds West Academy - some of you might have already seen me on Transition Day! I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 after living and teaching in Spain and Italy for 6 months, and I have been teaching here at Leeds West since January. I love learning different languages and travelling to new places. My ultimate goal in my lifetime is to visit all of the Seven Wonders of the World...I've already seen two of them! I'm very much looking forwards to being a Y7 tutor next year, and can't wait to help guide you through 'Big School'.


A Smooth Transition into High School

Here at Leeds West Academy we aim to make the transition process as smooth as possible as we understand it can be an anxious time for many students. Through our transition programme we ensure that Year 7 students get off to the best start possible in a variety of ways.  We start the process early in the academic year, when our primary schools bring their Year 6 students to allow them to experience aspects of the curriculum that they may not have experienced before such as Technology, science practical experiments in a laboratory, and using the climbing wall in P.E.

Getting to know each other before starting at Leeds West is also vitally important. Our staff go out to our local primaries and put on a range of activities for students including sports experiences and a wonderful Science Show Assembly.

Leading up to the transition period, our Transition Team go out to visit each student to prepare them for life at our Academy. We have an informal chat with students individually, helping to alleviate any concerns about the move to our Academy. We also provide them with a transition handbook and a project to complete over the summer holidays to further prepare them for their new school.

Our transition day in July is a fantastic opportunity for new students to experience life at Leeds West Academy. The day comprises of a wonderful array of experiences, including sessions in Science, Food Technology and PE. The day culminates in a performance in the theatre from our cheerleaders, performing arts students and our music students.

During the summer holidays, in collaboration with the Bramley Cluster we host a Summer Camp for students aged 7-14. This gives students a great opportunity to get familiar with our Academy, meet other students who may be joining us, and also allows younger students to come in to view our school.

A Day in the Life of Year 7

A Typical Year 7 Timetable

Period 1 PE: I did batting practice and I thought it went well for sports day.

Period 2

Science: I held the baby chicks and learnt about plants; it was a really fun lesson.
Break I talked to my friends about sports day.
Period 3 PA music: I recorded my singing to my teacher.
Lunch I bought my lunch and chilled with my friends.
Period 4 Spanish: I finished off my poster for my Spanish teacher about students’ rights in school.
Period 5 Computing: I did an assessment for my favourite teacher and it was really fun, as it always is in her lessons. I thought it went well as I got 100%.