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 - 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... 


Toby Cale- Acting Vice Principal (deployed from White Rose Academies Trust)

Toby graduated in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University in 2000 where he specialised in Installation Art. Inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell and the land art of Chris Drury, he stills takes time to further his artistic development; enjoying the discipline of sculpture and drawing in wire. Toby enjoyed a variety of Jobs after graduating, including a spell as a portrait artist until he found his calling in tutoring and ultimately teaching in 2003.


Helen McMillan - Vice Principal (Curriculum and Standards)  

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...

Mark Colman- Vice Principal (Achievement and Outcomes) 

Growing up in the West Midlands, Mr Colman went to secondary school in central Birmingham. Upon completing his A Levels he went to the University of Sheffield to study Engineering. Mr Colman was sponsored by Corus (formerly British Steel) during the first couple of years of his Engineering course so spent two summers working at the steelworks in Scunthorpe.

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Tom Bellwood- Assistant Principal (Behaviour and Safety) 

Tom Bellwood began his teaching career in the year 2010 in Bedfordshire after qualifying as a trained PE teacher. Throughout his time in the East of the country, he gained leadership responsibilities as a Head of Year, Head of PE and a Head of House. 

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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

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



For White Rose Academies Trust leadership and deployments please click here.