Leeds East Academy

Acting Principal's Update

Dear Parent / Carer,

Throughout the last few weeks I have been tracking the attendance of our students and comparing it carefully to the weather conditions. This might seem like a strange thing to do but the results of this analysis have been very concerning to me. It seems that if it rains on a morning or is particularly cold, the number of students who are off sick increases by as much as 3% (23 students).

Naturally, I am extremely troubled by this and as stated in my previous letters to parents, every lesson missed in school is impacting on the progress that your child makes with the Academy. As such, students should only be absent in cases where illness prevents them from reasonably being expected to be in school.

Our core values in school include Resilience and Punctuality, both of which are relevant in the run up to Christmas when attendance traditionally becomes poorer than at any other time in the year. Students must remain resilient and attend school every day. To help begin the process of further understanding and supporting attendance issues, in the coming days I will be writing individually to parents where I am concerned about attendance and inviting parents into school to discuss steps forward directly with me.

On a more positive note, I was thrilled to welcome our new staff (starting January) into school yesterday for their induction day. The new members of staff were enthusiastic and excited to be joining us, and we made sure that they were given everything that they needed to make a fantastic start when they join us after Christmas. As you will remember, the introduction of these new colleagues is part of an investment project that I have put in place to ensure that your child benefits from smaller class sizes and an improved level of support from their teacher.

As part of our on-going recruitment campaign, we have also been holding interviews this week and have appointed a new Assistant Principal, whose responsibility it will be to look after the academic success of our Key Stage 3 students. This new appointment is a fantastic colleague from a high-performing school in Leeds and brought with her a fantastic set of ideas for how we can work better to ensure that Year 7 and 8 students make the most progress possible in preparation for starting their GCSEs in Year 9. In addition to this role, we have appointed a new colleague in Art, Science and Modern Foreign Languages. We look forward to welcoming all of these colleagues after the Easter break.

As a final note to this week, I would like to encourage all parents to visit our school website on a regular basis where you will see all of the great things that are going on in school. Leeds East Academy is truly a fantastic place to be and I remain immensely proud of all of our staff and students for all of the fantastic things they do day in, day out.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Stokes

Acting Principal

Hear about Leeds East Academy's 7 Core Values from students on the Values and Ethos page

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