Thursday, 14 May 2009

Pudsey Grangefield shortlisted for national BCSE Industry award

Pudsey Grangefield school has been shortlisted for a national British Council for School Environments award.

The state-of-the-art school, built as part of the Leeds BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme, opened in September 2008 to high praise from students, staff and the local community.

Now, in recognition of its successes, the school has been shortlisted in the ‘Inspiring Design’ category at the BCSE Awards which will be hosted by designer Wayne Hemmingway at The Emirate’s Stadium, London, on 24 June.

The school was designed to combine a range of learning spaces with state-of-the art ICT equipment. It is loosely faculty based with innovative open learning areas, break-out spaces and show-and-tell rooms which provide informal briefing, discussion and presentation areas where up to 50 students can learn in a relaxed atmosphere.

The building has a minimal amount of corridors to ensure it is as open and welcoming as possible while the central ‘street’ and general teaching areas are linked by a three-floor hub of ICT facilities, library and resources.

Personalised learning is an important aspect of Pudsey Grangefield and the school has been designed to reflect that. The flexible classrooms are equipped with smartboards and wireless learning is available across the school to encourage children to take control of their learning and develop their skills as much as possible.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“Education Leeds is transforming learning in the city through state-of-the-art buildings and 21st-century provision. To even be shortlisted for this prestigious award highlights the successes which have been achieved so far.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“Pudsey Grangefield is an amazing school where colleagues have transformed the school environment into a modern, brilliant learning centre.

“The BCSE awards ceremony is a prestigious event which reflects the huge steps being made in education across Britain. The fact that a Leeds school has been shortlisted illustrates the excellent work being carried out in the city and I wish Pudsey Grangefield the best of luck in bringing home first prize.”

Ken Cornforth, headteacher at Pudsey Grangefield, said:
“Pudsey Grangefield is one of the most modern, state-of-the art schools in the country which is creating fearless, life-long learners in this part of Leeds.

“The design of the building encourages creativity and personal development with facilities such as the unique break-out and show-and-tell areas. The high-spec environment means our students are benefiting from an excellent all-round education to ensure they have many successful times ahead of them.”

The next new BSF school to open will be Swallow Hill Community College - the new secondary school for Armley and Wortley - in September 2009.


For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577

100% attendance means top prizes for children and young people

Caption: Pictured are (rear): Charlie Clark (Intake High School) and John Blaine (assistant bowling coach for Yorkshire County Cricket); (front): Caitlin Hart, Morgan Ledger and Zhane Rankine (Parklands Primary School), and Nikola Gaborova and Taylor La Dyer (Wykebeck Primary School).

Thousands of children and young people across Leeds attended school 100 per cent of the time during March after taking part in the city’s annual attendance competition.

Around 30,000 children and young people took up the challenge as part of Education Leeds’ ‘Give it 100 per cent’ competition.

This year saw an extra 5,500 entries compared to 2008 with attendance across the city up 1.8 per cent for primary schools and 1.2 per cent for secondary schools - almost double the improvement rate for the same period last year.

A draw took place this week (Tuesday) at the Radio Aire studios in Leeds where John Blaine, assistant bowling coach for Yorkshire County Cricket, helped pick the lucky winners who received prizes including VIP tickets to the Leeds City Council organised Party in the Park, iPods, tickets for cricket matches at Headingley, tickets for Leeds Rhinos home games and trips to London.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for education at Leeds City Council, said:
“We have seen once again that initiatives such as the Attendance Champions are a great way of increasing attendance and raising awareness of the benefits of regularly going to school. The response to this year’s competition has increased again and I hope the lucky winners enjoy their fantastic prizes.”

Chris Edwards chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“We want all our children and young people to spend as much time as possible in brilliant learning places where they can be happy, healthy, safe and successful.

“Missing just 17 days in one school year can lead to a drop of an entire grade at GCSE so the importance of regular attendance should not be underestimated.

“Congratulations to all those who took part and the winners - their rewards will not just be these prizes but also a better education to set them up for the rest of their lives.”

‘Give it 100%’ is one of a number of Attendance Champions initiatives, competitions and advertising campaigns run by Education Leeds to remind children that every school day counts.


For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577

Leeds: The Housing City - Holbeck to get early say on affordable housing plans

Plans for new affordable homes in Holbeck are to go before residents at a consultation event this weekend.

The event is intended to ask local people what they think about a scheme for new housing, which would replace existing terraced and back-to-back properties as part of Leeds City Council’s Strategic Affordable Housing Partnership.

The consultation day, which will also give them a say on the design of the new affordable homes, will be held at 49 Top Moor Side, Holbeck, on Saturday 16th May, between 11am and 3pm.

The Strategic Affordable Housing Partnership was set up in 2007 to deliver affordable housing solutions for the people of Leeds. Leeds City Council has supplied 88 acres of its own land on which to build affordable and council housing – the first new council homes in the city in 20 years – which is sold to housing associations to develop.

The draft plans would provide safer, well designed energy-efficient homes with private gardens. To develop this site, the council will be working in partnership with a housing association, the identity of which will be revealed once the decision has been ratified by the Affordable Housing Strategic Partnership’s board in June.

Once this consultation has taken place the council and its development partner will consider the responses and then draw up a detailed scheme as part of an outline planning application to be submitted later in the year

Everyone who takes part in the event will have their comments responded to directly in a consultation feedback report which will be produced after the event.

For those unable to attend the event on Saturday the consultation material will be exhibited at St Matthew’s church and at Holbeck Library, during normal opening hours from 18th to 22nd May

Refreshments will be available at the event on Saturday.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937