Leeds West Academy



Our Vision

To be an exceptional and responsive academy sponsor providing life-changing education, skills and experiences for individuals in our academies and in their communities.

Our Values

  • We believe that education can transform lives
  • We respect the individual, relishing the contribution that diversity brings
  • We strive to be the best we can be, actively and with pride
  • We look after our environment to keep it safe, healthy and inclusive
  • We lead by example and work as a team 
  • We take responsibility for our own actions and are active in finding solutions to any problems
  • We respond flexibly to the needs of students & take advantage of opportunities in the City of Leeds and the wider world

Leeds West Academy LAB Members

Dan Whieldon - Principal / Ex-officio

Dan Whieldon began teaching at West Leeds High School in 2002 after a number of years working in television production at ITV in Manchester following his graduation from Staffordshire University in English, Media and Cultural Studies. After working as intervention lead and Head of Media Studies at West Leeds he left to start work as an...

Cllr. Caroline Gruen - Chair

02/09/2020 - 01/09/2023

Leadership and Governance
Caroline has lived in Leeds all her adult life and initially trained to be a teacher at Leeds University, gaining firstly a BEd and then a MEd in Education. She went on to teach in five of the city's schools... 
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Carol Layall - College Nominee - Quality of Education 

01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023
Coming soon...

Natasha Armitage-Evans - College Nominee - Vice Chair

01/09/2020 - 22/11/2023

Coming Soon

Darren Finlay - Board Nominee

02/09/2020 - 01/09/2023

Staff matters, Health and Safety
Darren is a barrister at Park Square Barristers in Leeds and head of the civil team.  He practices in civil and employment law. He has been a governor at schools in Leeds for over 20 years and is a former chair of governors at what is now Leeds City Academy.


Gillian Knutsson - Board Nominee

15/01/2018 – 15/01/2021

Behaviour and Closing the Gap  
Gill initially trained as a teacher in Leeds before moving to live and work in Sweden for ten years. Returning to Leeds with her family in the 1980s she went on to develop a long and successful career in teaching and senior leadership, including as interim Headteacher and Principal in schools in the west of Leeds...


Donna Hobson - Support Staff - Elected

28/01/2020 - 27/02/2023
Donna is the Support Staff governor at Leeds West Academy.  Donna has close ties with the wider school community as she has lived in Bramley most of her life...

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Josh Gray - Staff Governor - Teaching

30/09/2019 - 29/02/2022

Joshua is the Director of Achievement at Leeds West Academy.

Jane Brown - Parent Governor 

19/11/2019 - 18/11/2022


Jane brings varied experience and valuable skills to the board , having worked with children and young people for many years, including looked after children and young people with learning and physical challenges.  Jane is experienced in safeguarding and restorative practice and is currently working in adult social care.


Shaun Kiernan - Board Appointee 

01/09/2021 - 31/08/2021



Coming soon...

Jonathan Hartley - Parent Governor 

01/09/2021 - 31/08/2021



Coming soon...


LAB Register of Interests 2021-22

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LAB Attendance Register

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LWA LAB Member List

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The White Rose Academies Trust - Board of Directors / Trustees

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