Leeds East Academy


Emma Lennon

Acting Associate 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 at Carr Manor Community School. Emma graduated from Huddersfield University 2013, with a PGCE in Lifelong Learning, completing additional Masters level credits.

Emma started her teaching career at The Freeston Academy in Normanton, working with behaviour and SEND students and then as an Exam Mentor. Emma supported students in English, Maths and Science and nurtured numerous students to reach their full potential in core subjects. It was during this role Emma found her passion for teaching English.


In January 2016, Emma was appointed as Behaviour Support Worker at Progress@citycentral, which was her first role at the White Rose Academies Trust. Within this role, Emma worked with some of the most challenging students from across the Trust, successfully planned and delivered the English curriculum.


In May 2017, Emma made the exciting move to Leeds East Academy as an English Teacher. The following year Emma was selected as a representative for LEA and was invited to a prestigious event at Downing Street, where she met the Prime Minister as part of a national celebration of teachers. During her time at LEA, Emma has also been part of the Teaching and Learning team, a role that has enabled her to develop new initiatives that have supported the development of the Academy.


Emma is greatly passionate about her work at LEA and feels privileged to work with such a dedicated team of professionals. Most recently, Emma has been appointed as Acting Associate Assistant Principal – Quality of Education. This is a very exciting opportunity for Emma as she continues support the Academy’s transformation and journey to outstanding.