Excitement for the Future
As you will be aware, since joining the Academy as Senior Vice Principal in September 2016, I have been highly focused on ensuring that the needs of all students at Leeds East Academy are met and that we provide nothing less than the absolute best for every student in our care. This week I have taken great delight in sharing with both staff and students my strategy for taking the school forward in both the short, medium and long term.
During assemblies throughout the week, I shared with students my view on the role of the Principal and made clear to all students that I existed to ensure that the conditions were right for them to be successful. I informed students of the recent recruitment that had taken place and the 37 colleagues who will join the Academy between now and September. As has been much publicised, this recruitment will lead to average class sizes reaching an all-time low of 17 students per teacher, allowing us to ensure that each child receives the absolute best support in the classroom.
In addition to our recruitment successes, I have shared with students my plans to develop our building, introducing improved sports facilities, more specialised classrooms and improving our learning spaces with both the introduction of new technology in classrooms as well as a phased rollout that will see all students in all lessons using an iPad provided by the school by 2019. As I had hoped, the announcement of this strategy has developed a real sense of pride in being a student of Leeds East Academy, whilst creating much excitement for the future.
As we continue this important half term for our Year 11 students, I am thrilled to announce that the improvements that they have made in their mock examinations has been unprecedented. Both myself and colleagues throughout the school have reviewed in depth the recent mock examinations which suggest that Year 11 are on track to achieve the best results in the history of the school by some margin. This improvement in grades has been achieved through hard work and determination to be successful and I congratulate all students on their efforts and wish them all the very best for their real exams which will start in the coming days.
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