Friday, 15 January 2010

Have your say on the future of girls only education in Leeds

A consultation event to discuss the future of girls only education in Leeds will take place on Monday (January 18).

Residents across Leeds are being asked to take part in the city-wide consultation to help decide the future of government funded girls only education.

Nine public consultation events will take place across the city to give everyone a chance to have their say. Anyone who feels strongly that it should be retained should respond to the consultation by Friday 5 March 2010.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for education at Leeds City Council, said:“This will be one of the biggest education consultations the city has ever seen and I encourage everyone who has an opinion to make sure they take part. This is an important opportunity for the whole city to comment on the proposals and help influence what decision is made.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:“This consultation will run alongside discussions on the future of City of Leeds, Parklands Girls’ High School and Primrose High. It will be thorough and provide an opportunity for people to make their views known.

“We will welcome all views so that we can present a complete picture to the council’s executive board to make a final decision.”

The consultation runs until 5 March and there will be nine public meetings across the city, the details of which are:
East: Parklands Girls’ High School, 7pm, Monday 18 January 2010; West: Pudsey Civic Hall, 7pm, Wednesday 20 January 2010; South: South Leeds Academy, 7pm, Tuesday 26 January 2010; City centre: Civic Hall, 12noon and 7pm, Wednesday 27 January; North east (outer): Boston Spa School, 7pm, Monday 1 February 2010; Morley: Bruntcliffe High School, 7pm, Thursday 4 February 2010; North west: Lawnswood School, 7pm, Monday 8 February; North east: Allerton High School, 7pm, Tuesday 9 February 2010.

Information is also available by calling 0113 2475696 or at All views will be summarised and presented to Leeds City Council’s executive board in April.


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

Hop on the buses for the route to jobs in south Leeds

Hopping on a bus could get you somewhere further than just down to the shops if you live in south Leeds – it could take you all the way to a new job.

Staff in this mobile job shop will be able to give help and advice on finding the way back to work, education and training, finding suitable childcare, becoming self-employed, housing and much more.

The bus’ visit will target the 200 council tenants and 100 other residents living on the Garden Village estate in Micklefield.

Aire Valley Homes, one of the three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) that manage and maintain council housing in Leeds, is working with Job Centre Plus to provide the scheme.

The bus’ visit follows on from the successful mobile job shop initiative in Middleton in the autumn.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of the Aire Valley Homes Board, said:
“The mobile Jobshop will fill a need in this area and we are pleased to be able to deliver this free service, which will take the means of finding a job to the place it is needed.
“Everyone’s feeling the pinch at the moment, but by giving free help and advice on employment, education and training the council is getting help to the people who need it the most.”

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

Rare-ing to go in the morning

Caption: Councillor John Procter with some of the Friends of Temple Newsam Park, and Mark Speight café manager at Temple Newsam.

Start the day with a traditional farmhouse breakfast with a twist at Temple Newsam’s Home Farm at the end of January.

National Farmhouse breakfast week runs from Tuesday 25th –Sunday 31st January 2010 and involves events across the UK, with Home Farm showing off it’s rare breed breakfast for a fortnight between Tuesday 19th- Sunday 31st January.

Temple Newsam Home Farm has a brilliant breakfast with a difference for your plate. The Stable Tea Room will offer the rare-breed breakfast, with meat sourced from the Farm, everyday excluding Mondays, from 9.00-11.30am.

The menu consists of Rare Breed Pork Sausage from Temple Newsam's Home Farm's Tamworth pigs, Rindless Middle back Bacon, Yorkshire Black pudding, Fresh Button Mushrooms, Grilled Fresh Tomato, Fried Egg, White/Brown Toast and also includes a pot of tea for one or cup of coffee all for £4.25.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“National Farmhouse breakfast fortnight is a great way to let people sample some of the rare breed meat that is nurtured from Home Farm at Temple Newsam. The breakfasts are brilliant, and a really tasty way to start the day.”

So whether you have a breakfast meeting with a difference with colleagues, or simply want to tuck in to a well rounded breakfast, call 0113 26 45535 to book.
And afterwards why not take a brisk walk in the wonderful acres of grounds to work off breakfast and set you up for the day ahead.

For more information about Temple Newsam and Home Farm, visit: or call 0113 264 5535


For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn,
Learning and Leisure Communications Assistant
on 0113 247 8285