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Nicola Widnall

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Hailing originally from the Brecon Beacons, Nicola graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005 with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature, before continuing her studies there and completing her PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages. Nicola is passionate about her subject and its importance across the curriculum. Prior to joining the White Rose Academies Trust, Nicola worked in a range of roles across different educational settings, culminating in her role as Director of Languages at Todmorden High School where she enjoyed driving MFL in her own setting, whilst providing strategic support to MFL departments across the region.


Nicola joined the WRAT in April 2017, as a member of Leeds East Academy’s Senior Leadership Team, leading on Learning, Teaching and Professional Development. She was a part of the highly ambitious team which drove school improvement and led colleagues through a rapid period of transformation resulting in a ‘Good’ judgement in their 2019 Ofsted inspection. Nicola was appointed to the role of Trust Vice Principal in 2020, where she currently oversees all Trust-wide school improvement activity and the WRAT professional learning and development offer.

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