Leeds East Academy

Leadership at Leeds East Academy

Senior Leadership Team

Chris Stokes



Chris Stokes graduated from the University of Leeds in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. Whilst completing his degree, Chris gained significant leadership experience outside of education as a Retail Manager for WH Smith. Upon graduating, Chris completed his PGCE in Business and Economics at Leeds University and began teaching at Abbey Grange Church of England High School in 2009... 




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....




Sarah Carrie

Vice Principal (Raising Standards)


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...



Helen McMillan
Assistant 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...



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...



Lynne Batty

Assistant Principal (Student Experience)

Biography Coming Soon








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

Key Stage 3 Pastoral Leader

Jon Hart

Key Stage 4 Pastoral Leader

Stef Precious

Behaviour Modification Leader

Kathryn Bell

Inclusive Learning & Safeguarding Provision Leader

Teaching & Learning

Anita Smith

Lead Practitioner (Literacy)

Debby Callaghan

Lead Practitioner (Art & Technology)


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