Leeds East Academy

Kash Rafiq

Kash Rafiq

Associate Principal

Leeds East Academy

Kash Rafiq dreamed of playing football for Liverpool FC, but his school career adviser told him it was very unlikely to happen as there were no Asian footballers in the top league. Kash instead decided to go to college and complete his GCSEs and A levels. He was the first from his family to attend University and graduated from the University of Huddersfield in Social Sciences.

In 2004 Kash was appointed as Ethnic Minority Co-ordinator at Intake High School. He successfully led on the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard; achieving Level 3 and the following year he took over a PSHCE curriculum deemed unsatisfactory by Ofsted. Following a 2008 inspection, Ofsted praised the PSHCE curriculum as innovative and that “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development were good.” In 2007, Kash further enhanced his experience by joining Education Leeds as an advisor on community cohesion, achievement and PSHCE supporting schools across the city.

Kash secured the role of Intervention Leader at Leeds West Academy in 2008 and the following year became Year 11 School Leader, implementing his Raising Attainment Programme. This elevated the aspirations of students, demonstrating a significant rise in GCSE results. Kash also gained qualified teacher status at this time, consistently achieving a 90% A*-C pass rate. In 2011 he was promoted to Assistant Principal, overseeing pastoral care and SMSC.

Kash became Vice Principal at Leeds East Academy in April 2013, leading on behaviour and safety. When Ofsted re-visited the Academy in January 2015 they noted “the behaviour of students in classes had been transformed.” Kash secured the position of Associate Principal in 2017 and is driving forward the goal of making Leeds East Academy an outstanding school by 2020.

Outside of school life, Kash enjoys  spending time with his family and three children, taking part in activities such as swimming, taekwondo, and football.