Leeds East Academy


Leadership at Leeds East Academy



Andrew Whitaker - Executive Principal - The White Rose Academies Trust

Andrew Whitaker enjoyed a ten-year career in the University sector, including working as an Associate Senior Lecturer, before moving into the 3-18 education sector as a Senior Leader. As Senior Vice Principal of the UK’s largest all-aged special school based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Andrew led all operational areas of the school including Post 16 provision. Throughout a transformative eight years he project managed a £25m BSF building programme, created a highly successful school improvement consultancy and played a key role in leading... 


Senior Leadership Team


Sarah Carrie - Acting Principal  

Sarah Carrie’s ambition from a young age was to become a professional dancer. She achieved this ambition after training at the highly acclaimed Northern School of Contemporary dance in Leeds, graduating with a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree in Dance. During her career as a dancer, she was... 


Kash Rafiq - Associate Principal

Kash Rafiq dreamed of playing football for Liverpool FC, but his school career adviser told him it was very unlikely to happen as there were no Asian footballers in the top league. Kash instead decided to go to college and complete his GCSEs and A levels. He was the first from his family to attend University and graduated from the University of Huddersfield in Social Sciences... 


Chris Reynolds - Acting Vice Principal (deployed from White Rose Academies Trust)

Chris Reynolds graduated from York St John’s University in Sports Studies and Physical Education, before going onto complete his Masters in Physical Education at Leeds Metropolitan University. Chris completed his teacher training whilst working at the Morley Academy in his first role as a teacher of PE, which he feels gave him clear beliefs and standards for his teaching career...


Helen McMillan - Acting Vice Principal (KS3 Achievement & Transition)  

After completing A-Levels, Helen was undecided as to a career path and instead of attending university immediately took a variety of roles, including working with adults with learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries, and working with children in care. In amongst this was a period as a manager in a busy British Gas call centre...

Lynne Batty - Assistant Principal (Student Experience)

Biography coming soon.

Pascoe Gill - Assistant Principal (Core Subject Development & Maths)  

Pascoe previously completed a Mathematics degree from Edinburgh University followed by a PGCE at Leeds University. In 2016 Pascoe completed her Masters in Education which she completed part time whilst teaching. Pascoe Gill joined Leeds East Academy in 2016 as Area Team Leader in Mathematics after three successful years working at Leeds West Academy...

Nicola Widnall - Assistant Principal (Teaching, Learning, Assessment & EAL)  

Hailing originally from the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, Nicola Widnall graduated from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons in Spanish Language and Literature. It was during her year studying in Granada in the south of Spain as part of her degree that she realised she wanted to pursue a career in education and as such obtained her PGCE in Spanish and French...

David Clement- Acting Assistant Principal (Student Experience) 

From the age of five, David had always wanted to be a footballer. Despite representing Leeds United and Hull City’s academy sides, a career as a professional was not to be. Instead, he went on to be the first in his family to attend university, studying Sports Science at Leeds University. While coaching football in the United States, David found his passion in encouraging young people and decided upon a career in teaching...

Middle Leadership Team

Curriculum Leaders


Louise Barton
Head of English

Michelle Waite

Head of Art & Technology

Danielle Ord

Head of Science

Yasmin Akhtar

Head of Citizenship

Lynne Batty

Head of History, ICT & HSC

Vicky Speight

Head of Geography & Travel


Sarah Moss

Head of PE & Sport


Julia Reay

Head of MFL

Ben Gershaw
Data & Systems Leader




Lauren Bean

Learning Systems Leader




Alicia Manners 

Attendance and Community Leader

Jon Hart

Behaviour Systems Leader

Stef Precious

Behaviour Modification Leader

Kathryn Bell

Inclusive Learning & Safeguarding Provision Leader



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