Letter to parents (July 2021)

Tuesday 20 July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,
I think we can all say that this has been the most difficult year we have ever experienced in education. It has tested our resilience and reserves of strength and energy in so many ways. Whatever your connection to Co-op Academy Leeds – as a member of staff, governor, a parent or carer or a student, we have all faced challenges but perhaps the most amazing part of what we have gone through this year is how our young people have risen to every challenge and have wanted to keep learning. We have taken inspiration from them every day and we will continue to do so as we hope to get back to our normal routines in September.

The end of the school year always means saying goodbye to some staff, as they move on to fresh challenges. Paul Brockwell, Principal of Co-op Academy Leeds, has decided to leave the academy this summer and we wish him every success with his future career. We would like to thank Paul for his hard work in what has been one of the most challenging years in education. There has been a significant amount of work gone into Co-op Academy Leeds, as Ofsted noted, with progress made.

As Executive Headteacher, I will lead the Academy whilst we recruit a new Headteacher with the hope that we’ll have someone in place as soon as possible. I will work closely with the Leadership team to continue the work that Paul has done over the last 12 months. I have been a Headteacher / Principal for 8 years in 2 different schools in Yorkshire and I will be using that experience to work with the Leadership team to make sure the progress that has been made continues. I am so excited to be working closely with the staff and students at Co-op Academy Leeds; as we look forward to September, we will take this opportunity to reset our values and standards and expect the best of ourselves and each other every day.

I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Yours sincerely,