Leeds East Academy


Principal's Update

Supporting Revision & Examinations

I write to you following an incredibly busy and proactive week at Leeds East Academy. Primarily, Year 11 have been reflecting on their mock GCSE examinations; providing results which will allow us to assess our students' progress ahead of their final assessments in the summer. In support of Year 11's revision up to exams, we have now provided a handy reference guide, which has been given to students and is now also available online. The LEA Revision Guide offers useful advice to parents/carers as well as students; detailing how to support students at this crucial time in their academic life, ensuring they meet their full potential.

This week I am delighted to announce that the Academy has demonstrated outstanding attendance. Over 95% of Year 8 ensured they were in school and making the most of their education, reaching over 96% on Friday. Well done Year 8! I cannot stress how important it is that we all maintain this standard and show resilience in arriving at school on time, every time.

As we move closer towards springtime, students will be observing some radical changes within our Academy building. Part of my improvement programme for the school has been to drive forward a new phase of environmental signage, which has been installed this week across our departments. These vibrant, enlightening and friendly displays showcase students enjoying their learning and also feature inspirational career pathways for each subject, in addition to helping new students navigate our school. This outstanding design work is just the start of many bespoke, high-quality educational resources - exclusive to our Academy - which I look forward to revealing to you throughout this year.

Photo: New departmental signage - inspiring and directing our students on a course to success.

As you may have seen online, we actively participated in World Book Day this week. World Book Day is an opportunity to rediscover the fun of personal reading, which has a direct impact on young people's literacy. This is a time where the whole school comes together to rediscover the power of reading and writing for pleasure, which directly feeds into students' literacy. I’m very proud that Leeds East Academy provides an incredible library, furnished with a wide range of reading material. I encourage your child to use this facility at every opportunity to extend their reading beyond the classroom.

On a similar theme, Sarah Bradley, our writer in residence from First Story, has been working with the English department to conclude a series of writing workshops with Year 9 and 10 students. First Story changes lives through writing and brings talented, professional writers into secondary schools across the country, to work with teachers and students to foster creativity and further their communication skills. During these sessions, students composed a range of outstanding poems and stories. Since this was their last session, we held a showcase event which brought together a superb collection of literary work. We are now looking forward to seeing these published in a wider Trust Anthology later this year.

Finally, we have received some very useful feedback through our community questionnaire, which is featured on our Academy website here. I invite everyone to join in and contribute their views. All feedback is anonymous and provides us with valuable information on how our improvements are making a difference to your child’s learning, in addition to extending our relationship with the wider community.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Stokes



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