New principal appointed for Leeds secondary

APPOINTMENT: Sarah Carrie with students from Leeds East Academy.
APPOINTMENT: Sarah Carrie with students from Leeds East Academy.
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A new principal has been appointed at a city secondary school having helped it to grow from one of the worst performing in the county to one of the most improved.

Sarah Carrie, who has worked at the Leeds East Academy in Seacroft for 18 years, joined the leadership team in 2016 when it began its improvement journey. At that time the school was one of the worst performing in England, but is now the fourth most improved nationwide, and most improved school in Yorkshire.

Mrs Carrie with students from the Academy

Mrs Carrie with students from the Academy

Mrs Carrie had joined the then Parklands Girls High School as an unqualified teacher of dance in 2000, enrolling in Saturday school after the birth of her son Oscar so that she could secure her GCSE maths and enrol for a teaching qualification, working her way up in the years since.

Following her appointment, the academy said she had demonstrated hard work, determination, and a passion for education as a teacher, leader, and recently as acting principal.

Prof Darren Shickle, director and chairman of the Local Accountability Board, said: “Sarah has been fully committed to providing the highest quality of education for the students of Leeds East Academy and before that at Parklands Girls High School.

“We look forward to working with Sarah and of course the rest of the staff at the academy, students and parents in helping students achieve their potential both in terms of their examinations and growth as fully-rounded individuals.”

Andrew Whitaker, executive principal of the White Rose Academies Trust, added: “Having worked with Sarah over the last two years, I know of the excellent professionalism, relentless drive and the passion that she has for Leeds East Academy and the amazing community that it serves. I am very much looking forward to working with Sarah to continue the transformation of the academy into a truly world-class school.”