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 2020-21:
Miss Thompson - Science TeacherMiss Thompson graduated from Northumbria University at Newcastle in 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Science (BSc Hons) and after working for some time within the NHS as a health care assistant, has just completed her PGCE at Leeds Trinity University. She has always had a passion for science and is very excited to share this with the students of Leeds East Academy and hopes to inspire their love for the subject too. She was drawn to the school for its passion for providing opportunity for all students to succeed and create a culture of confidence and resilience both in and out of the classroom. In her spare time she likes spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and going to theatre.
Mrs Reading - PLC Lead
Mrs Reading is joining the academy as the Personalised Learning Centre Lead (PLC) where she will focus on personalising the teaching of English, Maths and Science within this provision. Mrs Reading completed her Post Graduate Degree in Education (PGCE) at York St John University in 2012. She has worked in schools in various locations across the country. After leaving university she secured her first teaching role in London where she taught for 2 years. She gradually moved further North and teaching in Doncaster before returning to her home town of York where she was teaching for over 2 years before going on maternity leave.
Miss Buchanan - English Teacher
Miss Buchanan grew up in South East Leeds before moving to Newcastle at 18, where she gained a 1st Class (BA) Hons in English Language from the University of Northumbria. She returned to Leeds to complete her PGCE in Secondary English at Sheffield Hallam University, before taking up her first post as a qualified teacher back in Newcastle. She then moved across to Manchester and taught English there for three years, but has now safely returned ‘home’ and is very excited for her young daughter to grow up in Leeds, too.
When she is not teaching her students, Miss Buchanan will most likely be playing netball. She has played for many years and previously represented Team Northumbria U19s in the NSL Netball Superleague. She is also very interested in social activism, making keen and regular connections with issues regarding race, gender and LGBTQ+ inequality to the teaching curriculum in her classroom.
Miss Patterson - Maths Teacher
Miss Patterson completed her maths degree at the University of York, and she has just completed her teacher training at the same location. She has had an interesting time training as a teacher and is looking forward to using everything she has learned including exciting online resources. Miss Patterson loves all types of maths but finds reasoning and proofs behind why equations work the most interesting.
During her summer, Miss Patterson enjoys working for NCS to help young people outside of the classroom. She hopes to continue this work next year and maybe seeing some Year 11 leavers taking part. She also enjoys travelling and can’t wait to start exploring the world again.
Miss Lally – English Teacher
Jade Lally went to Leeds Trinity 2010-2013 and studied English and Creative Writing and graduated with Second Class Honours degree at University of Leeds. Jade continued her Higher Education at University of Huddersfield 2013-2014 completing a PGCE in Lifelong Learning. Jade completed placements in Further Education working at Leeds City College teaching GCSE and Functional Skills but soon realised she wanted to be a part of a school community.
Jade started her NQT year at David Young Community Academy (now known as Bishop Young Church of England Academy). Jade then worked at St John Fisher, Dewsbury for two years. People would describe Jade as: proactive, enthusiastic and passionate about learning and versatile to develop new skills. Jade enjoys participating in extra-curricular activities and volunteers for NHS community response. Jade is excited to join the vibrant team at Leeds East Academy in September and is thrilled to be coming back to her roots. Jade fundamentally believes in promoting the highest quality of education to young people, regardless of background or ability.
Mr Laâouini – Maths Teacher
Mr Laâouini is an associate member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a Specialist Mathematician who received his 1st honours Maths degree from the University of Bolton, and his Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Manchester.
He has also studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Frankfurt.
He has taught Maths (KS3, KS4 & KS5) at various schools and colleges in Manchester, Bradford and Stockholm.
He loves teaching Maths, his passion is to make Maths enjoyable for all his students.
He speaks 5 languages and his hobbies include puzzles, travelling, diving, basketball and languages.
Mr Moon – Music Teacher
Following a degree specialising in Music Performance at Kingston University in 2008, Mr Moon worked as a guitar teacher, singer and performer in London. He completed a Graduate Teacher Programme at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln before working as a Music Teacher in a Surrey Secondary School, remaining there for 8 years. After 15 years living and working in Surrey Mr Moon is looking forward to coming back home to Yorkshire. He is very excited about joining LEA and looking forward to developing the extra-curricular opportunities for students.
As well as music making, in his spare time Mr Moon enjoys cycling and recently completed Ride London and cycled to Edinburgh.
Miss Nyarko – Learning Support Assistant
Miss Mains - Learning Support and Care Assistant
Miss Mains is originally from Newcastle, she has enjoyed living, studying, and working in Leeds for the past 4 years and graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2019, with a First-Class Honours degree in Psychology (BSc). Miss Mains has spent the past year supporting students, families, and staff in a home and school environment where she developed a passion for promoting the inclusion and equality for SEND students which she encouraged through various, creative techniques.
Miss Mains has found working with students to be extremely rewarding and is looking forward to joining Leeds East Academy as a Learning Support & Care Assistant and is excited about meeting all of the different personalities at the Academy. Miss Mains is also hoping to get involved in any staff extracurricular sporting activities as she enjoys all sports, although her ability at them is debatable.
Miss Brooke - CEIAG Manager
Miss Brooke has a wealth of experience in the administration and work experience fields. Following 13 years of working at Leeds City College she decided to complete further qualifications. She studied courses in Careers Information and Guidance which allowed her to gain experience of working with young people and enhance their career options and aspirations. Miss Brooke has secure knowledge in how to support work experience placements which enable pupils to develop their own skills and knowledge. Miss Brooke is looking forward to working with, getting to know all pupils at Leeds East Academy and helping them reach their goals when they leave school. Outside of the academy Miss Brooke has two children at primary school, who she enjoys spending time with.
Mr Fisher - Restorative Practice Manager
Mark graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a degree in Drama and Theatre studies. He then worked at Bruntcliffe Academy for four years as a head of year for three of these years. Then moved to York High for a single year. Mark is looking forward to coming to Leeds East Academy to help shape positive outcomes for all students no matter what their current circumstances. In his spare time Mark enjoys playing rugby, watching theatre and walks in the countryside.
Miss Catterall - Geography Teacher
Originally from Lancashire, Miss Catterall graduated from the University of York with a degree in Psychology. She is currently on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and will be teaching Geography. Miss Catterall is passionate about eliminating educational inequality and wants to empower and remind students about their worth and value in the education system. In her spare time, Miss Catterall loves spending time with friends and family, volunteering with the local elderly community and reading books. She is excited to move back to Yorkshire and explore a new city. Miss Catterall looks forward to seeing you all in September at Leeds East Academy!
Mr Petrie - History Teacher
Mr Bates- Maths Teacher
Originally from the Wirral, Mr Bates Graduated from University of Leeds with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a year in industry. He is currently completing the Teach First Leadership Development Program. Mr Bates is enthusiastic about reducing pupils’ fear and anxiety around doing maths and firmly believes that all pupils can achieve excellent results. Outside the classroom Mr Bates enjoys rowing, hiking and watching sports.
Mr Powney - Maths Teacher
Mr Powney graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in Computing Systems Analysis in 2001 and went on to complete a Maths degree and then his PGCE at Leeds Trinity & All Saints in 2005. He has taught at a variety of schools across Leeds and Bradford teaching pupils of all abilities and backgrounds up to and including A-Level.
He sets high standards and expectations and has a real passion for bringing real life into the maths classroom, allowing pupils to see the relevance of their classwork giving everyone the drive to achieve their full potential. Mr Powney is excited to be joining Leeds East Academy, he is looking forward to continuing his approach to show pupils Maths teachers are fun with clubs like lego and Pokemon TCG that he would like to set up.
In his free time his greatest love is supporting Sheffield Steelers and Leeds Chiefs Ice Hockey Clubs. He is also a keen photographer and enjoys combining this with his love of astronomy, wildlife and the great outdoors.