Leeds East Academy


Meet Our New Staff

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. Everyone Exceptional.

Mrs J Topp - Receptionist

Mrs Topp has recently been employed at Leeds East Academy. She has a wealth of experience in the hosting and front of house reception role. She has worked in various sectors across the commercial, medical and recruitment industries from London to Germany, and has now settled down in her home town of Leeds.

Mrs Topp enjoys an active social life that includes going to concerts, enjoying the theatre and eating out with friends and family. In her spare time, Mrs Topp enjoys walking, playing squash and spending quality time in the sun.

Miss G Cheeseman - PLC HLTA

Miss Cheeseman started her career in Education in 2018 working in a Catholic school as an Administration and Behaviour Assistant. Realising she wanted to work with students in the classroom, Miss Cheeseman volunteered to work with the SEND team. With a job becoming available, Miss Cheeseman jumped at the chance to become part of the team and was employed as an LSA. Working with students from all backgrounds and with various needs was a challenge, but one that Miss Cheeseman found exciting, fast paced and no day was the same.

After working here for a few years, Miss Cheeseman wanted to push her career further and applied to be a HLTA at a school in Huddersfield. Miss Cheeseman took the plunge to go back to her roots and found herself working at her old school! She worked with students in the inclusion unit to help develop the students’ literacy and reading ability, as well as conducting 1:1s with students on attitude and behaviour. Now employed at Leeds East Academy, Miss Cheeseman is looking forward to putting her skills to the test, to help students become positive and educated individuals who are ready for the big, wide world!

Miss S Beevers - Science Teacher

Miss Beevers has a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc hons) and worked within the charity sector for many years before completing a PGCE at Bradford College. She was drawn to the school by the attitude of both the students and the staff as it is a positive environment and a place where she can provide opportunity for students and help to develop their confidence.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, Pilates, sewing and cold-water swimming.

Miss I Corcione - Assistant Curriculum Leader (Mathematics) 

Miss Corcione graduated from the University in Naples (Italy) with a degree in Geophysics and after working for some time as a Geophysicist in Leeds, she completed her PGCE at Leeds Trinity University. She has worked for several years on other premises and she has a deep passion for Maths. She joined Leeds East Academy as her aim is to inspire students to succeed and progress, instilling a love for Mathematics.

In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, and she likes to travel. She often goes back to Italy, which is her birth country. She also likes to go cycling in the Yorkshire countryside.

Mrs E Jarvis - Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Jarvis has joined Leeds East Academy as a Learning Support Assistant in the SEND team. Mrs Jarvis has always been interested in working in education and is currently working towards a Level 3 award in supporting teaching and learning in schools. She is very excited about this move and is looking forward to working with the students in the SUN room.

Miss G Haythorne – Science Teacher

Miss Haythorne graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology with Immunology. Following this, she completed her PGCE at the University of Leeds. Miss Haythorne has been teaching for 15 years and has a great deal of experience in teaching Science. She has also taught some Psychology, Mathematics and even Food Technology during this time. She is a firm believer in lifelong learning and has studied further qualifications alongside her teaching, gaining a Certificate in Primary Education and a Master of Arts in Education (Merit).

Miss Haythorne is keen to inspire the students at Leeds East Academy and provide them with the skills and opportunities to be successful both in the classroom and in the wider world. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, baking and spending time with her two children.