Leeds East Academy


Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes


Leeds East Academy

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.

Within his first year at Abbey Grange, Chris took on leadership for e-learning and developed both the school infrastructure and day-to-day practices that ensured all students had significant access to ICT. This eventually led to securing a programme which provided all students with an iPad, with the school being highly recognised for its use of IT in the classroom. Whilst teaching, Chris completed his Masters in ICT and Education, gaining a distinction in 2011 from the University of Leeds and completed an Advanced Certificate in Mathematics Education at York St John University.

In 2013 Chris began working for White Rose Academies Trust as Director of Mathematics, successfully taking Leeds West Academy from 50% to 66% in his first year in post and Leeds City Academy from 23% to 51% in 2016. Chris' blueprint for improvement was latterly applied across the wider Trust in his role as Director of Assessment & Achievement, alongside his role as Senior Vice Principal at Leeds East Academy.

Chris became Acting Principal of Leeds East Academy in October 2016 and secured the role of Academy Principal in December 2016. Within his first terms in post he has initiated a rapid programme for school improvement, expanding teaching, learning and pastoral provisions whilst pioneering a new curriculum model which will be launched in September 2017.

Chris is a keen cyclist, recently completing a charity bike ride from Land’s End to John O'Groats in just ten days. He also enjoys developing his DIY skills on a weekend and travelling to exciting cultural locations around the world during the holidays.