Thursday, 4 March 2010

Public meeting to discuss Farnley Park BSF transformation

Residents in the Farnley area of Leeds are being asked for their views on proposals to transform their local secondary school.

Education Leeds is holding a drop-in session next Thursday (11 March) to collect people’s views on a new building and refurbishment at Farnley Park Maths and Computing College.

The proposed work is part of Leeds’ award winning Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which will provide 21st century facilities for the school’s young people, staff and the wider community.

The plans include a new sports hall and dining room, a high care partnership base for young people with additional needs and cutting-edge teaching areas designed to transform learning.

The consultation event will give parents, carers, residents, community groups and all other interested parties the chance to hear more about the proposals and comment on the plans before they are considered by Leeds City Council’s West Plans Panel later in the year.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for education at Leeds City Council, said:
“This is an important investment in the local area and a fantastic boost for the people of New Farnley. As well as providing a first class learning environment for the school’s pupils, the new, state-of-the-art facilities will benefit the whole community. ”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“The BSF programme in Leeds continues to boost learning for thousands of our young people. The plans to create transformational learning spaces and cutting edge facilities at Farnley Park will help Leeds pupils to reach their full potential and gain the skills, qualifications and experience they need to succeed in the 21st Century. This meeting gives everyone the chance to find out more about these exciting plans and to have their say about the
proposal ”

The session will take place on Thursday 11 March between 1.30pm and 7pm in the school’s administration building.

Full details can be found at http:planningapplications.leeds.gov.uk/publicaccess

Any comments can be submitted in writing to Planning Services, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD.

Views can also be submitted online at the above address or by email to planning@leeds.gov.uk.

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Notes to editors

Leeds BSF is being delivered through the Leeds Local Education Partnership (LEP)
which brings together Education Leeds, Leeds City Council and the Interserve-led consortium Environments 4 Learning to shape the most advanced learning
environments in the country.

ICT experts, RM, are providing schools with the latest e-learning facilities to support and enhance teaching and learning.

For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577
Email: jon.crampton@leeds.gov.uk