Leeds East Academy


Leadership at Leeds East Academy



Andrew Whitaker - Chief Executive Officer- The White Rose Academies Trust

Andrew Whitaker enjoyed a ten-year career in the University sector, including working as an Associate Senior Lecturer, before moving into the 3-18 education sector as a Senior Leader. As Senior Vice Principal of the UK’s largest all-aged special school based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Andrew led all operational areas of the school including Post 16 provision. Throughout a transformative eight years he project managed a £25m BSF building programme, created a highly successful school improvement consultancy and played a key role in leading... 


Senior Leadership Team


Sarah Carrie - Principal  

Sarah Carrie’s ambition from a young age was to become a professional dancer. She achieved this ambition after training at the highly acclaimed Northern School of Contemporary dance in Leeds, graduating with a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree in Dance. During her career as a dancer, she was... 


Helen McMillan - Vice Principal (Curriculum and Standards) and DSL

After completing A-Levels, Helen was undecided as to a career path and instead of attending university immediately took a variety of roles, including working with adults with learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries, and working with children in care. In amongst this was a period as a manager in a busy British Gas call centre...

Alicia Manners - Acting Assistant Principal (PDBW)

Raised in the Seacroft area, Alicia Manners has lived within the locality of Leeds East Academy for 31 years. Alicia was a student at Parklands Girls High School and went on to support the Performing Arts Team – specialising in PE and Dance in Sixth Form.

In 2004, Alicia was employed as a Teaching Assistant. In this role, she was able to contribute to several aspects of Academy life...


Nicola Widnall - Assistant Principal (Teaching, Learning, Assessment & EAL)  

Hailing originally from the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, Nicola Widnall graduated from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons in Spanish Language and Literature. It was during her year studying in Granada in the south of Spain as part of her degree that she realised she wanted to pursue a career in education and as such obtained her PGCE in Spanish and French...

Mark Colman- Vice Principal (Achievement and Outcomes) 

Growing up in the West Midlands, Mr Colman went to secondary school in central Birmingham. Upon completing his A Levels he went to the University of Sheffield to study Engineering. Mr Colman was sponsored by Corus (formerly British Steel) during the first couple of years of his Engineering course so spent two summers working at the steelworks in Scunthorpe.

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Middle Leadership Team

Curriculum Leaders


Louise Barton
Head of English

Michelle Waite

Head of Art & Technology

Danielle Ord

Head of Science

Yasmin Akhtar

Head of Citizenship

Lynne Batty

Head of History, ICT & HSC

Vicky Speight

Head of Geography & Travel


Sarah Moss

Head of PE & Sport


Rebecca Ashraf

Head of MFL

Lauren Bean

Learning and Behaviour System Leader








Stef Precious

Behaviour Modification Leader



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