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Recent proposals and school place consultations

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 Primary Free School in Roundhay

Update 14 July 2017: Outcome of consultation on potential sites for the Roundhay Park Primary Free School in Roundhay

Following the recent joint consultation regarding suitability of potential sites for the Roundhay Park Primary Free School, please see the summary report with appendices (PDF 1.3MB) which provide an analysis of the consultation responses. Once the ESFA and Trust applicants have made a decision on next steps, a further update will be given. Alternatively please access via the documents section at the bottom of this page.

Update 17 May 2017: Consultation on potential sites has now ended
Leeds City Council extended the consultation on potential sites for a free school in the Roundhay area by two weeks. This ended at midnight on Friday May 12th 2017.

This was in response to requests from residents and other stakeholders for more time to fully consider the issues around each potential site and due to the fact that we are unable to publish the outcome of the consultation during the General Election period. The consultation, being run by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Education Funding Agency and the Roundhay Park Primary school trust, which was due to end at 5pm on 28 April ran an additional two weeks until 12 May. Extending the consultation will not delay progress of this matter, as the responses will be collated and the outcome of the consultation will be passed to the EFA for consideration as soon as we would be able to within the Civic Service guidelines, after the general election on 8 June 2017.

Next steps
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. The site plans are still available to view within the consultation document (PDF 4.7MB), although the consultation has now closed.

Background
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 felt it was right that the whole city had a say on whether it should be further considered for this purpose.


Current consultations


Consultation on a proposal to expand primary school places at Allerton Church of England Primary School

In order to address a growing pressure on school places, Leeds City Council has permanently increased primary places across the Alwoodley and Roundhay areas over a number of years and more recently additional places (bulge cohorts) have been agreed at a number of local schools on a temporary basis. This includes Allerton C of E Primary School. We anticipate that there will be a continued demand on places and as we have provided physical accommodation to enable the school to admit additional children on three separate occasions, it is appropriate for us to consult on whether this should become a permanent change, as the statutory guidance from the Department for Education recommends.

The consultation is on a proposal to expand primary provision at Allerton C of E Primary School from a capacity of 420 to 630 pupils, with an increase to the admission number from 60 to 90 in reception from September 2018. The consultation period will run from Mon 26 June 2017 to 4pm on Fri 21 July 2017 and during this time there will be three drop-in sessions at the school which will be open to parents, local residents and other interested parties where you can have your say or find out more. The dates of the drop-in sessions are as follows:

Monday 26 June – 5:00pm-7:00pm;
Monday 3 July – 8:30am-9:30am;
Thursday 13 July – 2:45pm-4:00pm

To find out more information about the proposal, please read the consultation document (PDF 412KB).

You can share your views with us about the proposals as follows:

Take the online survey by clicking on the following link from 26 June:

View the proposals and comment via our Wordpress blog from 26 June

Write to us at: Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, Sufficiency & Participation Team, c/o Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, LS1 9PZ

Email us at: educ.school.organisation@leeds.gov.uk

So that your views are counted, please ensure that we receive your response by 4pm on 21 July.

If any of the information above is required in large print/Braille/alternative language version of the document please contact us.


Recent proposals and closed consultations


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 next stage.

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.​


    Statutory Notices


    Hovingham Primary School change of age range

    A 4 weeks statutory notice has now been published on the proposal to change the lower age limit at Hovingham Primary School.

    For information regarding any statutory notices, please see the statutory notices link in the related pages section.


    Approved Proposals


    Cockburn Secondary Academy

    At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 19 April 2017, approval was given to spend capital funds to support a permanent expansion of Cockburn (Academy) School from a capacity of 1050 pupils to 1200 pupils, with an increase in the admission number from 210 to 240 with effect from September 2019.


    Meanwood area

    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.


    Harehills area
    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.

    Kirkstall area
    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.

    Hunslet Area
    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.

    Beeston area
    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.

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Click to expandHow is the impact of new housing taken into account?

Where new housing is proposed, developers are asked to make a financial contribution or provide land for education provision when they build developments of over 50 family houses.  It is assumed that 100 family houses would generate 25 primary aged children, 3-4 per year group, and 10 secondary aged children, 2 per year group. ​

Click to expandWhy are some spare places required?

Additional places are required to ensure that the admissions system can operate effectively and offer some degree of parental preference and also so that school places are readily available locally for children moving into the area.​

Online forum link

Click to expandDoes an increase in school places mean class sizes will be bigger?

Primary schools are organised around classes of 30 children per teacher. Current Infant Class Size Regulations state that infant classes (reception, year 1 and year 2) must have no more than 30 pupils in a class with one qualified teacher. Therefore, extra accommodation would have to be provided and more staff would be recruited to manage the additional pupils.​

Link to online forum

Click to expandWhat is the process of opening a new school?

If there are no options for expansion within the existing schools in the area, then we would begin the process of considering a new school. If a new school is proposed, a vacant Leeds City Council site or an alternative site would need to be purchased on which to build the new school.  The Council would fund the construction of the school but would have to seek an academy sponsor to run the school.  

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