White Rose Academies Trust are WE! 

Photos (from top left-bottom right): Group with Spencer West; in the Fan Zone; in the crowd; WE Day stage; arriving in London; selfie with Alexandra Burke. 

In March, members of the White Rose Academies Trust Student Leadership Group from Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy and Leeds West Academy attended ‘WE Day’ at London’s Wembley Arena as part of a two-day residential trip to the city.

The students enjoyed exploring the Capital; including an exciting visit to the famous London Dungeon and also viewed the stunning metropolitan landscape from the heights of the London Eye.

The following day, the group were joined by the academies’ Diana Award participants, who travelled down separately with staff members to watch the WE Day event as a reward for their recent fundraising and efforts in making awareness campaigns.

The group arrived at Wembley Arena very early to secure their place in the ‘Fan Zone’. There, they met loads of stars who performed on stage later in the day. Students got selfies and autographs from performers such as singer Alexandra Burke and pianist Tokio Myers.

The world-wide ‘WE’ movement showcased the work of students from across the UK for their social conscience and charity work in their local communities. Our students were moved by motivational speeches from young people who had overcome adversity in their lives. Other speakers and performers at the event included The Vamps, Lily Collins, HRVY and Princesses Eugene and Beatrice.

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Students, Hafsa and Ahlam, from Leeds City Academy took to the stage to voice the importance of numeracy in society with company KPMG in front of 12,000 students and teachers from across the UK who attended this remarkable annual event.

The girls had their makeup done in the VIP area before they went on stage to take part in a ‘true or false’ game.

Hafsa said “It was such a privilege to stand on an international stage to draw attention to the importance of numeracy in our daily lives, this will be an experience that I will remember forever.”

Mrs Foy added: “I was so proud of the students today who have truly been motivated by the speakers, they cannot wait to return to school to plan their next steps fund raising for local charities.”

Photo: Hafsa and Ahlam at Leeds City Academy. 

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