Leeds East Academy


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.

In her first year of teaching, Bethan started her first leadership role where she had responsibility for developing a KS3 Religious Studies curriculum and monitoring KS3 behaviour and attendance data. After meeting her husband, Bethan moved back to West Yorkshire in 2017 and was appointed to the position of Head of Religious Studies. She successfully led a team who transformed the Religious Studies curriculum offer and significantly improved outcomes at GCSE and A Level. In 2019, Bethan was appointed to Head of Faculty for Personal Development and created a whole school provision from the ground up. Her focus was to ensure that all students had ample opportunities to develop the values, attributes and attitudes to be successful learners and embrace the best versions of themselves.

Bethan completed the Ambition Institute Future Leaders programme where she further developed her understanding of effective leadership and secured her first senior leadership role as Assistant Vice Principal for Personal Development and Safeguarding.

In June 2022, Bethan joined Leeds East Academy as Vice Principal and has overall responsibility for all aspects of Personal Development, Behaviour & Attitudes and Student Experience. Bethan feels incredibly privileged to have been appointed to this role and is excited to work with outstanding colleagues. Bethan will ensure all students have the most exceptional educational experiences and leave the academy being able to live by the core values of resilience, integrity, trust and ambition.

Bethan has a relentless passion for developing students holistically and removing barriers so that everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue their personal excellence. She strongly believes that we should work relentlessly to ensure all students feel known, valued and supported.