Leeds East Academy


Principal's Update

Improving the Learning Experience for Every Child

I am delighted to welcome back students and staff to the Academy as we head into a crucial Summer term for our school community, particularly Year 11 as they embark on their examinations. 

Throughout the Easter holidays, work has been continuing at the Academy and I have been driving forward improvements to our school building to ensure that every student enjoys an outstanding learning experience. A very popular improvement to our facilities is a new canteen extension, providing more space per student during break. We have had some wonderful feedback from students, including: 

 “The canteen is much better now as there are more seats and we don’t have to stand up, it feels more welcoming.” - Emily, Year 7. 

 “The canteen is now a place I want to go to as you can sit in a big group with all your friends and it’s much better than it was before.” - Lewis, Year 7. 

This week in assemblies Mr Rafiq has focused on pride in our Academy. Pride ranges from presentation of work, to pride in our conduct, uniform and school facilities. It is important that all of our students can wear our uniform with pride and represent our school community as conscientious citizens. As such, it is essential that we continue to demonstrate good manners, mindful that our behaviour in the community is nothing less than outstanding outside of school. I thank everyone for ensuring that our good name and reputation is prominent across the wider community and I expect this standard to be maintained by all students. 

As part of our new Red Zone programme, all students have been provided with a new four colour pen this week. The pen will form part of the students’ Academy equipment in addition to the student planner and it is our expectation that all students will bring their pen to school every day to use in lessons. If a pen is lost or forgotten, pupils will be issued with a comment and will be required to initially borrow but then purchase another. The library stationary shop will sell replacement pens should students lose them. 

Finally, the Academy took delivery of over 20,000 vibrant new exercise books this term. These high-quality resources, created by Academy staff, provide useful guides to learning, with bespoke guidance and support exclusive to each subject. Students and parents can also monitor and track their own progress, whilst the back page inspires students on potential careers paths. Our new exercise books encourage students to maintain pride in presentation and we are excited to see the high standard of work produced in these exceptional new resources, which are unique to Leeds East Academy.

I wish you all a very restful weekend.

Yours faithfully,


Chris Stokes


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