Leeds City Academy


Principal's Welcome

'Working In Partnership to secure the aspiration and ambitions of all our young people.'

I would like to welcome you to our Academy and website. I trust you will find the information provided through the site useful and interesting, enabling you to gain a true sense of our unique, inspiring, aspirational student and community culture. 

I am immensely proud to be the Principal of Leeds City Academy and I have greatly enjoyed overseeing the schools continued improvement and mission of ‘Working In Partnership to secure the aspiration and ambitions of all our young people’. By working to this philosophy and through developing our six values of being ‘caring, tolerant, professional, aspirational, respectful & resilient’, students will not only achieve superb academic success but equally and significantly mature into amazing young people, prepared & ready to lead & shape successful lives, influencing those and the world around them.

Since our superb OFSTED 'Good' judgement with 'Outstanding' for Leadership & Management in May 2019, we have had the privilege of hosting a wide range of visitors to the Academy, including the Lord Major of Leeds, international politicians, local councillors, various head teachers and senior leaders from across the UK, all keen to observe and learn from some of our great work. This has now become a regular feature and we are very proud to celebrate and showcase our wonderful Academy and community. Additionally, myself and various members of Senior Staff have visited a range other schools over the last six months, keen to capture ideas and examples of excellence we can then learn from and adopt, as we aim to secure Leeds City Academy as a truly 'Outstanding' school.

As you walk through our Academy you will now observe students dressed and behaving in a extremely professional manner, following clear routines, displaying exceptional behaviour and working with the respect and tolerance required to enjoy and flourish through superb, positive and supportive relationships. You will witness teaching that is increasingly personalised and learning which challenges students to secure a deep understanding of their subjects and how the content, skills and knowledge applies and influences the world around them.

As we reach the mid point of the academic year, we must continue to seek and achieve the highest academic levels. Therefore a significant focus for our Academy community will be ‘raising aspiration’ and an insistence and determination for every member of staff, student & parent in ‘being your very best, each & everyday’.

I am truly inspired by our staff and students. I am determined to ‘be my best’ as a Principal and role model in helping students grow, mature and succeed as brilliant young people. 

 Please join me in working ‘In Partnership’ to realise this vision.

 Many thanks for your continued commitment & enthusiasm for Leeds City Academy, our amazing school.


Richard Chattoe


Leeds City Academy