Leeds East Academy


Meet Our New Staff

Leeds East Academy People

This year, Leeds East Academy is greatly expanding its family of education professionals. We're welcoming outstanding new teachers, in addition to subject specialists and experienced leaders with a record of transformation in education. We're also expanding and enhancing our support services to ensure our school delivers an exceptional service to parents, carers and the local community.

From teachers to technicians, from the classroom to the canteen; all of our staff share the outstanding ability to raise aspirations, unlock potential and secure the best possible future for the young people of Leeds.

Passionate about education. Soaring to Success.

Introducing Leeds East Academy's New Staff of 2018-19:


Jagoba Quintas

Mr Quintas graduated in Art History in the Basque Country University and with Masters Degree in teaching Geography and History. He came to the UK last September to work as a native Spanish teacher. Previously he had been working as a teacher in Spain and Switzerland. Mr Quintas has also lived in Rome, so in addition to being a native Spanish speaker he can also speak Italian and English. Mr Quintas is so excited to teach the students of Leeds East Academy his amazing language and culture.

Kamran Akram

In 1998 Mr Akram decided to plunge into the world of technology by doing a degree in Computer and Network Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, after partly completing the course he was successful in being recruited as a Police Officer for West Yorkshire Police. He worked as a Police Officer on the response unit and with neighbourhood policing, after several years of service he changed career due to an unfortunate accident. Mr Akram went back to university and graduated from Leeds University in Applied Computing and went onto complete his PGCE at Huddersfield University. Working in some challenging schools across Bradford, Mr Akram landed on an opportunity to teach History a subject he has always had a keen interest in.

In his free time Mr Akram enjoys spending time with his family and friends especially his little boy Musa, who he talks so much about. In the past he has competed in Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing and still tries to stay active with fitness at the gym.

Mr Akram is involved with neighbourhood community development where as a volunteer, he and some friends are voluntarily picking up litter and organising community projects to keep their area safe and clean.

Once a week Mr Akram DJs on the radio banging out some Bhangra and RnB music for listeners to strut their moves.

Mustahsan Shah

Mr Shah completed both his undergraduate degree and PGCE from 2013-2017 at Leeds Beckett University. During his time as a trainee teacher he taught at Lightcliffe Academy, Dixons City and Bingley Grammar School where he was able to set high expectations, develop excellent student progress and stretch and challenge pupils learning.  Prior to working at Leeds East Academy, Mr Shah worked at Bradford Academy as a Teacher of PE. With his enthusiasm for sport and extra-curricular, Mr Shah has also led Football, Cricket, Rugby and Badminton sessions at various schools.

Additionally, having represented Yorkshire and North of England in Cricket as a teenager and being an ECB qualified Level 2 cricket coach, Mr Shah continues to share his passion and knowledge of cricket by delivering fun and engaging group and 1-1 sessions for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation on a weekly basis.  Throughout the cricket season, Mr Shah continues to develop his skills and enjoyment of the game by playing in the Airedale & Wharfedale Cricket League. 

Mr Shah is now looking forward to an exciting new chapter at Leeds East where he has high hopes in stimulating pupils learning and engaging them in Physical Education and Sport.

Stephen Smith

Born and bred in Leeds, Mr Smith graduated university with a Law degree before working in various financial institutions. Seeking a new challenge, Mr Smith is now pursuing his career in education with hopes to become a History Teacher and one day teach post 16 Law. After graduating university Mr Smith travelled over to Connecticut USA for a while, where he found his passion for American Football. He is a New England Patriots fan and a coach for the Under 19's National team. 

Mr Smith thinks that happiness is found in variety and has an interest in musical theatre. He regularly travels to London to see as many shows as possible. 

John Murphy

Mr Murphy graduated as a Teacher of Science with a specialism in Physics from University of Leeds in 2005.  He has worked in several schools in the Leeds and Wakefield area for 13 years.  He moved to Leeds East Academy to further develop his own teaching and is enjoying this new challenge in his career. Mr Murphy has a passion for Science, especially Physics, and his favourite topic is Space and Astrophysics.  In his spare time Mr Murphy enjoys; climbing (especially indoor bouldering), long distance running and taking long walks in the countryside with his family and his dog Mabel.

Simbo Nyoni

Mr Nyoni graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a BA Hons in Economics For Business in 2012, he then went on to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Development, graduating in 2014. He works closely with Leeds Beckett University faculty of Health and Social Sciences, mentoring their students through Youth Work placements and his biggest passion is to promote equality whatever setting he finds himself in. My Nyoni is a huge football fan and has previously supported unstructured young people activities in Halton Moor, Swarcliffe, and Beeston as well as faith based activities in Headingley and West Leeds. In his spare time Mr Nyoni enjoys gardening and doing DIY around the house - as long as football is not on.

Nilofer Zafar

Miss Zafar graduated from The University of Leeds with MEng (Undergraduate and Masters) degree in Architectural Engineering in 2014. She worked as a Structural Engineer where she was part of the big construction projects e.g. Cable-Stayed Bridge, tunnel and building design. 

Since 2007, Miss Zafar has been actively involved with the local community where she worked with children, by helping them with their Maths, Science, and English to improve their exam results. Her passion for Mathematics brought her towards teaching and in 2018 Miss Zafar completed her PGCE and QTS from Gorse SCITT. Miss Zafar is very excited to join The Leeds East Academy, with the aim of building and supporting the Maths department.  She is excited to meet her students where she is aiming to provide excellent learning opportunities by making Maths fun for all. Miss Zafar enjoys traveling and learning new languages. She also loves spending time with her family and friends.

Michelle Smith

Mrs Smith graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012 with a degree in Physical Education (BA Hons) and a specialism in Biomechanics and Physiology. She then began her journey on the Teach First Leadership Development Program whilst gaining her QTS and became a Teach First Ambassador in 2014. In her various roles working in education over the last 6 years, Mrs Smith has always maintained a strong belief that every child has the right to equal opportunities both in education and life. With hard work, high aspirations and the right guidance, anything is possible. 

Sam Wright

Shantelle Niles

Tom Howley