Leeds East Academy


Student Leadership

Opportunities to Develop Leadership Skills

At Leeds East Academy we support our students to become leaders as it contributes to their positive development as people. It not only prepares them for the world of work but also supports students to become self-regulated in school.

Why Leeds East Academy Won 'School of the Year' at the UK Parliament Awards

Student Communications Team


LEA Life Spring Newspaper - #1

LEA have a dedicated Newspaper team that meet weekly to create a half termly newspaper called LEA Life. This is to communicate current news, events, pupil and teacher highlights as well as House News to both pupils and staff throughout the academy.

The team are hoping to develop this further and work alongside a community group to develop blogging, journalist skills, radio broadcasting and a school TV channel.

Student Parliament

The Student Parliament helps deliver a democratic process throughout the academy, after a series of sessions pupils learn about the structure of our own UK Government as well as the election process. Throughout a few weeks the pupils create their own manifestos, campaign for votes and go through an election process. This then forms the Student Parliament structure for the next academic year. 

Each department has a focus and alongside this the pupils will lead on projects that impact the academy and the community. They continue to listen to student voice to ensure that the community feels listened to as well as their issues being acted upon and resolved.” 

The Student Parliament is split into four departments, each made up of five students as well as a lead teacher.


The Resilience department has a focus on mental health & well-being as well as raising awareness of issues that matters to our pupils and community such as Equality & Diversity and LGBTQ+.


Their manifesto:

  • Our vision is to develop a school where students feel safe and happy enabling them to be successful and achieve their aspirations.
  • The Health and Wellbeing Party will identify initiatives to support students to feel accepted and equal within the school community regardless of culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, age or background.
  • They will look to educate all stakeholders on the importance of achieving and maintaining positive mental and physical health.
  • The Healthy and Wellbeing Party will be high profile within the academy obtaining student voice and being observant to ways to improve the safety of students and general overall happiness.


The Integrity department has a focus on behaviour and rewards as well as raising awareness of good morals and respectful behaviour towards all in our community.


Their manifesto:

  • To ensure that all students across the academy understand the behaviour and rewards policies and that they feel that their behaviour and positive contribution to lessons and the wider school community is fairly recognised and rewarded.

  • Ensuring positive relationships through restorative conversations making sure that all staff and students are working together so that LEA is a positive, safe and happy learning environment.


The Trust department has a focus on environment and community as well as issues such as climate change, sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Their manifesto:

  • Our ultimate goals is to make a difference, raise awareness of environmental change issues and create a cohesive community.


  • We want to make it cool to care about the planet by raising awareness of issues such as littering, sustainability and recycling as well as how to look after our oceans and forests.


    Alongside delivering awareness days we also want to develop an eco-shop that promotes zero waste that sells affordable products so that we can all become responsible consumers as well as encouraging recycling in the academy.


The Ambition department has a focus on the student experience which raises aspirations of pupils and ensure that every pupil enjoys their learning journey at LEA.


Their manifesto:


We want every student to have access to an exceptional education that:

  • Challenges all; exposes them to wider experiences;

  • Helps them gain knowledge of the world;

  • Develops life skills and shapes them into future leaders.




The Department of Environment & Community have been recognized for the second year after winning Regional Champions for their project on plastic. They worked alongside the Enactus NextGen Leaders program where they developed a social issue within their community. They raised awareness of the dangers that single use plastic causes on the environment as well as combating loneliness within the elderly community. They are now developing their project further to make it more community driven and to change the habit of younger generations.

As part of their project, they met with local arts & crafts groups, delivered assemblies to local feeder primaries, worked alongside local businesses, and delivered an academy wide awareness campaign which saw the introduction of recycling. The project received a grant from the Queen Commonwealth Trust which meant they could develop a STEM project on Aquaponics as well purchasing recycling bins for across the academy. The team showcased their project at WE DAY 2020 where pupils appeared on Wembley Arena stage with the QCT to present their efforts to almost 13,000 people.

House System

Our House System represents our core values which helps drive these through various events that encourage new skills for the pupils to experience such as STEM space inspired rocket competitions, bake off competitions, debating and much more. The system encourages pupils to work as a team and develop a healthy competition through various means and helps pupils experience that feeling of being part of a team.

Each House has two House Captains and two Sports Captains so that pupils can develop their leadership skills and support their house leaders when delivering an event.

Diana Award

Ten pupils in KS3 have been working with The Diana Award to train alongside the programme to become Anti Bullying Ambassadors. They will work as a team and highlight the issue of Bullying during National Bullying Week from 15th November to raise awareness. They will continue on the programme throughout the academic year so they develop leadership skills as well as work as part of a team.


The Trust has developed a female empowerment programme that offers a leadership qualification for a selected group of young women. The programme focuses on issues such as self-belief, confidence, equality, career aspirations as well as develop influential projects on issues such as body confidence, mental health and period poverty.

The group have recently worked with Freedom 4 Girls where they looked at period issues such as anxiety and product poverty. The group have collectively developed a period policy in school as well trial sustainable products to help reduce their personal carbon footprint. They will soon be working with a local artist and the Freedom 4 Girls group on an exhibition at the Thackray Museum.

Events Calendar

More events are currently being planned and will come soon.



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