Leeds East Academy


Leadership at Leeds East Academy



Andrew Whitaker - Chief Executive Officer- White Rose Academies Trust

Andrew joined the White Rose Academies Trust in September 2016 as Executive Principal, securing the role of Chief Executive Officer in December 2019. From the outset, his ambitions have been made clear to his staff: ensure that our academies provide high quality education throughout the incredible communities they serve. Andrew is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Luminate Education Group, a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership, and acts as a Trustee for the community charity Hamara. In 2018, he was awarded with a Churchill Fellowship which he will use to fund a fact-finding mission and research Charter Schools in America.


Sarah Carrie - Executive Principal - White Rose Academies Trust 

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 fortunate enough to work with Sharon Watson, the current inspirational leader of Phoenix Dance Theatre. A highlight of her dancing career was performing for The Queen at the opening of the Royal Armouries in Leeds in 1996.


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Senior Leadership Team


Danny Bullock - Principal

In 2013 Danny joined the White Rose Academies Trust at Leeds West Academy through the Teach First programme as an Computer Science Teacher. During his training with a Teach First Danny was selected to give the closing speech...


Mark Ayres - Senior Vice Principal 

Before becoming a teacher, Mr Ayres was a professional musician performing with and for Her Majesty the Queen, Barry White, Matt Monro, Simply Red, the Communards, Grimethorpe Colliery and The Sellers engineering band...


Bethan Shafiq - Vice Principal

Bethan graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a 2:1 in Theology and Religious Studies. After attending university, Bethan moved back to her hometown of Sunderland where she completed a Schools Direct placement in Religious Studies...


Shery Milner - Vice Principal

At age 4 Shery had decided that becoming a Mathematics teacher was her ambition.  Upon completion of her A levels she moved from Kidderminster to attend Leeds University to study Mathematics with Business Management. 


James Rawson - Assistant Principal 

James  graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University, now Beckett, with a 2:1 in Physical Education in 2010 and in 2012 completed his PGCE in Secondary Physical Education again at Leeds Metropolitan University... 


Becca Capstick - Assistant Principal 

Rebecca graduated from Leeds Trinity and All Saints College in 2010 with a degree in English. Throughout her studies, Rebecca worked at Intake High School/Leeds West Academy tutoring Year 11 students in Maths and English...


Anna Simons - Assistant Principal 

Anna graduated from Leeds University with a BA Hons degree in History. Following this, she worked for a year as a residential Social Worker with autistic adults before returning to education to study for a Diploma in Career Guidance...

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Lauren Bean - Assistant Principal

Lauren graduated from Edge Hill University with a First-Class Honors Degree in Secondary Design Technology Education with QTS...


Emma Lennon - Assistant Principal 

Emma graduated with a BA (HONS) in Contemporary Dance in 2009. Following a successful dance career, Emma found her love for teaching after completing a voluntary placement...

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Sarah Moss - Associate Assistant Principal 

Sarah graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA(Hons) in Physical Education and Secondary Education with QTS in 2003...

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James Hayward - Associate Assistant Principal 

James graduated in 2014 from Teesside University with a First-Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art. After attending university, James taught English at Guizhou Minzu University, China...


Liz Armstrong - Academy Business Manager 

Liz Armstrong has extensive leadership and management experience both in an educational and a commercial setting. Liz worked for a major engineering company for 20 years...

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Rachel LeBorgne - Data and Systems Leader 

Rachel graduated from the University of the West of England with a BA (Hons) in French and German. Rachel then lived in Brittany, France for 12 years where she worked in the tourism industry...


Rachel Sharples - Vice Principal (White Rose Academies Trust)

Rachel Sharples is delighted to join the White Rose Academies Trust as Vice Principal focusing on Academy improvement. Prior to her appointment, Rachel was Assistant Principal with responsibility for driving...



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