Where we have identified an area where additional school places are needed we may hold a stakeholder event. At the event data such as the numbers of children aged under 5 is discussed with schools and other partners. We focus on how many additional places are needed, where the places are needed and when. Any options put forward are investigated after the event before a preferred option is consulted on. Further detail about current public consultations and how you can respond are on this page. Responses during consultations can be made via our WordPress blog Leeds School Place Planning.
Consultation about potential sites for the Roundhay Park Free School in Roundhay
The Roundhay area of Leeds has been identified as needing an additional 60 reception places (two forms of entry) to ease ongoing pressure on primary school places in the area. A free school bid from the Roundhay Park Primary School Trust has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education to provide these additional places. Finding a suitable site to establish this school on has so far been difficult. Leeds City Council, the Education Funding Agency and the Free School Trust agreed to undertake a joint consultation with all interested parties and stakeholders on 4 potential sites in the Roundhay area which had been considered by the Education Funding Agency as having potential to be brought forward for educational use. One of these sites is on a part of Roundhay Park so we feel it is right that the whole city has a say on whether it should be further considered for this purpose.
Following enquiries from parents we wanted to make it clear that the information in the consultation document (PDF 4.7MB) about timescales for delivering places on each of the sites, under the heading ‘Programme’, are the views of the Education Funding Agency.
The site plans are available within the consultation document (PDF 4.7MB), and if you wish to formally respond to the consultation you can take the survey using the button below:
Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Leeds City Council, Capacity Planning and Sufficiency Team, C/O Leeds Town Hall, PO Box 837, Leeds, LS1 9PZ.
The plans and survey questions will also be available in Leeds Civic Hall, Tropical World and the Mansion House at Roundhay Park. There will be a drop in session where staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the consultation at the Civic Hall. Please see details of the drop in session below. This consultation will run until 4pm on 28 April 2017 to enable a broad range of interested parties to express their views on the options as they are. We would encourage citizens of Leeds to share this consultation with those they may feel have an interest and would want to take part.
A drop in session will be held from 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm on Friday 28th April 2017 at:
Civic Hall (East Room)
Get directions to Civic Hall
When will a decision be made?
The outcomes of this consultation will be passed on to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for inclusion in their appraisal of which site(s) to consider progressing for the free school.
Any site the EFA does move forward with would need to be purchased from the current owner and also require planning permission. Issues such as planning constraints and purchase costs are covered in the attached site specific information.
Recent proposals and closed consultations
Cockburn Secondary Academy
The consultation on a proposal to expand Cockburn Secondary Academy has now closed. All responses are now being collated. The Cockburn Multi Academy Trust and governing body of the Academy, and Leeds City Council will provide an update in due course.
St Chad's Church of England Primary School
Following the recent 4 week public consultation on a proposal to expand St Chads C of E Primary School, utilising a section of the West Park playing fields for sports
provision/playing fields, the Abbey Trust Board has met and voted to proceed with the proposal.
As many concerns were raised during the consultation regarding the location and size of the proposed playing field
area, the Trust, in discussion with LCC, has suggested using a smaller section of West Park Playing Fields
located on the Arncliffe Road side of the school site. This was also suggested by several respondents at the drop-in
meetings and via response forms. This option needs to be investigated further before the proposal can progress to the
The next steps:
- Children’s Services officers will go through an internal approval process
- If approval is given, an application would need to be submitted to Fields in Trust (FiT)
for a request to change use of a section of West Park playing fields (the earliest date an application could be made
is mid-end of May 2017)
- If FiT approve the proposed change, Children’s Services would need to report to the executive board of LCC
for approval (if all approval stages are progressed, this would likely to be early Autumn 2017).
You can download and read a summary report (PDF 118KB) of the outcome of the consultation period for more details.
Spring Bank Primary School
Following consultation it has been determined that this proposal will not progress. A summary of the outcome of the consultation can be found in the Documents section. We will continue to explore other options for increasing primary school provision in the Headingley area.
For information regarding any statutory notices, please see the statutory notices link in the related pages section.
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 8 February 2017, final approval was given on the permanent expansion of Carr Manor Community School from a capacity of 210 pupils to 420 pupils, with an increase in the admission number from 30 to 60 with effect from September 2018. Approval was also given on the establishment of provision for pupils with Complex Communication Difficulties including children who may have a diagnosis of ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) for approximately 12 pupils (6 primary, 6 secondary) with effect from September 2018.
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 14 December 2016 final approval was given on the permanent expansion of Hovingham (Community) Primary School from a capacity of 420 pupils to 630 pupils with an increase in the admission number from 60 to 90, with effect from September 2017.
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 14 December 2016 final approval was given on the permanent expansion of Beecroft (Community) Primary School from a capacity of 210 pupils to 315 pupils with an increase in the admission number from 30 to 45, with effect from September 2017.
Burmantofts & Richmond Hill area
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 21st September 2016 final approval was given to proceed with the proposal to increase the permanent admission number for Shakespeare Primary School from 45 to 90 from September 2018 increasing the overall capacity of the school from 315 to 630. This expansion involves a relocation of the primary school to the Dolly Lane site, former Primrose High School. Linked to this is a proposal to expand secondary places at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds from a capacity of 900 students to 1,200 students with an increase in the admissions number from 180 to 240 with effect from September 2019.
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 14 December 2016 final approval was given on the permanent expansion of Hunslet St Mary’s C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School from a capacity of 210 pupils to 315 pupils with an increase in the admission number from 30 to 45, with effect from September 2017.
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 21st September 2016 final approval was given to proceed with the proposal to increase the permanent admission number for Hunslet Moor Primary School from 45 to 60 from September 2018 increasing the overall capacity of the school from 315 to 420.
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 27 July 2016 final approval was given on the expansion of Low Road (Community) Primary School from a capacity of 140 pupils to 210 pupils with an increase in the admission number from 20 to 30, with effect from September 2017.
At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 27 July 2016 final approval was given on the expansion of Cottingley (Academy sponsor led) Primary Academy from a capacity of 315 pupils to 420 pupils with an increase in the admission number from 45 to 60, with effect from September 2017.
Please see the External links section on this page for details about Executive Board meetings.