Friday, 22 October 2010

Wetherby Leisure Centre pool temporary closure

The swimming pool at Wetherby Leisure Centre will be closed next week as essential maintenance work is to be carried out.

The pool will be closed from Monday 25 October until it reopens on Monday 1 November for work to be undertaken on the pool’s filtration system.

All other areas of the leisure centre on Boston Road will be unaffected by the work and will be open as usual.

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said:

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but this essential work needs to be carried out. The rest of the centre is open as usual and we look forward to the pool reopening on the first of November.”

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Roger Boyde, Leisure media relations officer,
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Tenth annual awards celebrate Leeds schools’ race equality work

Pupils from Wigton Moor Primary School with their award

Schools from across Leeds have celebrated their race equality work at the annual Stephen Lawrence Education Standard awards ceremony.

A total of 44 Leeds schools were presented with the standard at the awards - which are now in their tenth year - at Space at Hillcrest Primary School this week. The awards coincided with Black History Month which takes place throughout October.

Awards were presented at Levels 1, 2 and 3, and at the end of the event the assessors of the standard portfolios were also given certificates. To achieve the award, schools and early years centres have to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education.

Several hundred guests - made up of pupils, teachers and Education Leeds staff - attended the ceremony and were entertained by performances from Little London Primary School, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Brudenell Primary School, Wigton Moor Primary School, Hillcrest Primary School, Otley Prince Henry’s, Broomfield SILC, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Benton Park High School, Rawdon St Peter’s C of E Primary School and Pudsey Southroyd Primary School.

The chief executive of Education Leeds, Chris Edwards, and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Patrick Davey, spoke at the ceremony, and awards were presented by Louise Crumby, chair of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard partnership, Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, Dr James Williams, high commissioner St Kitt’s and Nevis, Councillor Jane Dowson, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, and Dr Anthony Cottons, associate dean at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Councillor Jane Dowson, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is a valuable award which continues the city’s proud tradition of celebrating cultural diversity. It promotes the importance of race equality, not only in schools but in all walks of life, and encourages our children and young people to treat everybody equally regardless of their race, beliefs or religion. Congratulations to every school which has achieved it.”

Chris Edwards chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
”The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is a fantastic award and each and every school which has achieved it should be very proud.

“We want all schools to be inclusive, brilliant learning places and this scheme is helping achieve this across the city. It enriches learning, broadens young people’s horizons and embeds a culture of equality in our schools and communities.”

The standard was developed in partnership between Education Leeds, the Leeds City Council and black and minority community representatives, in response to the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the MacPherson Inquiry Report six years later.

The 44 schools which received the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard are: Allerton High School; Beechwood Primary School; Pudsey Bolton Royd Primary School; Bramley Primary School; Bramley St Peter's Church of England Primary School; Brownhill Primary School; Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School; Corpus Christi Catholic College; East Garforth Primary School; Clapgate Primary School; Rothwell Haigh Road Infant School; Hawksworth Church of England Primary School; Holy Rosary and St Anne's Catholic Primary School; Hunslet Moor Primary School; Kippax North Junior and Infant School; Meanwood Church of England Primary School; Methley Primary School; Mount St Mary's Catholic High School; Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School; Primrose High School; Otley Prince Henry's Grammar School; Ralph Thoresby High School; Robin Hood Primary School); Rothwell Primary School; Rothwell Church of England Primary School; Rothwell St Mary's Catholic Primary School; Royds School Specialist Language College; St Francis Catholic Primary School; St Mary's Catholic Primary School; St Nicholas Catholic Primary School; St Paul's Catholic Primary School; St Peter's Church of England Primary School; Shakespeare Primary School; Sharp Lane Primary School; South SILC Broomfield; Stanningley Primary School; Summerfield Primary School; Whinmoor St Paul's Church of England Primary School; Whitecote Primary School; White Laith Primary School; Wigton Moor Primary School.


Notes to editors:

The 12 criteria of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard are:
1. A whole school approach.
2. School self-evaluation.
3. A written race equality policy.
4. Written anti-racist and anti-bullying policies, with clear procedures to deal with racial harassment and bullying.
5. An effective approach to monitoring and responding to racist incidents.
6. An inclusive policy on the procedures for pupil admissions, assessment and transfer.
7. A written policy for involving parents, carers and the community in working with and supporting the school.
8. An inclusive curriculum which positively reflects a culturally and religiously diverse society, promotes race equality, and prepares pupils to become responsible citizens.
9. An effective monitoring process of black and minority ethnic pupils, particularly to academic attainment and exclusions. Target should be set for improvement for all groups of children.
10. The effective monitoring of staff recruitment, staff development and governors appointments, with targets for recruitment from ethnic minority groups.
11. Mandatory anti-racist training for all staff and governors.
12. Race equality and community cohesion action plans.

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

Rapist has council house repossessed while in prison

A man serving time behind bars for rape has had the council flat where he committed the offence taken away.

Desmond Earl Grey was convicted in 2008 of raping a woman at a flat in Chapletown, Leeds – a council home he had occupied since March 1995. Part way through his five year sentence he was also found guilty of firearms and drugs offences, which also occurred at the property.

At Leeds County Court, Leeds City Council and East North East Homes Leeds successfully argued that because Grey’s offences were committed in the flat, he was therefore in breach of his tenancy agreement. The court granted the council’s application for repossession of the flat, meaning it can be re-let to someone on the housing waiting list.

While Grey has been in prison, the rent on the flat has been paid by his sister and mother, and his defence claimed that the repossession order would leave him homeless when he is released.

However, in granting the council’s application Deputy District Judge Goldberg said repossessing the flat did not mean that Grey would not be entitled to support upon release, and that his convictions constituted a breach of his tenancy agreement.

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said:

“This is a series of very serious offences and people committing criminal acts will not be tolerated as tenants in council owned homes."

Notes to editors:

On 22nd October 2008, Grey was convicted of committing an act of rape at the property for which he currently serves a term of five years imprisonment. On 28th January 2010 he was also convicted of possession of cannabis, crack cocaine and a prohibited weapon.

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

Half-term highlights across Leeds

Leeds is bursting with exciting activities to enjoy over the half-term break including pirate days, light celebrations, bird-themed events and much more.

As the days get shorter people can bring a little light into their lives by following Temple Newsam’s light trail which explores the majestic house’s hidden secrets daily from Friday 22 October until Monday 1 November.

Back by poplar demand for the third year running is Abbey House’s Christmas shop from Saturday 23 October 12 - 4pm. It’s packed full of unique decorations and presents with a Victorian twist.

Young buccaneers can look forward to free swashbuckling fun thanks to a pirate day on Tuesday 26 October at Leeds City Museum’s Heroes and Heroine exhibition, which features Will Turner’s costume from Pirates of the Caribbean as well as much more of Hollywood’s most famous clothing.

On Wednesday 27 October from 2–4pm Jungle Japes will be giving children the chance to learn about tropical rainforests using the Discovery Centre’s amazing natural science collection.

There is more action back at Temple Newsam, which continues its light theme, on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October with a dazzling lamp collection to celebrate Divali and visitors can even create their own lamp to take home.

Lotherton Hall has fun for the whole family. On Friday 29 October children can help draw giant magical birds and while they’re getting creative adults can enjoy a talk about the history of feathery hats with curator of costumes Natalie Raw.

Throughout the holidays children can enjoy trails and stories inspired by birds as well as feeding some of the hall’s own feathered friends. During the Big Draw children can work with Lorna Muir to make their own bird bunting from Tuesday 26 October to Thursday 28 October.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“We have a full and varied calendar of events taking place over the half-term break. With engaging, fun and educational days out for the whole family there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.”

Notes to editors:

Temple Newsam
• Half-term highlights
Friday 22 October until Monday 1 November
• Lighten up – Lamp collection and Divali celebration
Wed 27 and Thurs 28 Oct 11am – 12, 2pm – 3.30pm
Contact 0113 2647321 or log on to

Leeds City Museum
• Pirate day
Tuesday 26 0ct
Under 18s get in free
Booking is required contact 01132243732 for more information go to

Lotherton Hall
• Feed the birds
Thurs 28 Oct 1pm – 3pm
• Early Bird – bird inspired trails and stories
Sat 23 – sun 31 Oct 1pm – 3pm
• Magical birds – giant bird drawings
Friday 29 Oct
• A feather in your cap – history of feathery headwear
Fri 29 Oct Booking required (limited spaces) Contact Lotherton Hall on 0113 281 3259 or for more information visit

Discovery Centre• Jungle Japes
Wed 27 Oct 2pm – 4pm
Booking required contact 0113 2141548 or visit for more information.

Shop to get fitter tours on the menu at Kirkgate Market

Leeds Kirkgate Market is introducing free ‘Shop to get fitter' tours from 17 November 2010.

Healthy eating is important for everyone but especially people with long-term health conditions or a strong family history of heart disease, diabetes or stroke.

Leeds City Council in partnership with NHS Leeds is introducing food tours of the market on the third Wednesday of every month to show how easy it is to shop healthily, cook healthily and eat healthily.

Rachel Vine, Community NHS Dietician will lead the tours of up to 10 people around the market, on two morning sessions lasting an hour each. The tours will focus on learning about the various healthy food options available and where to find them, and then move to Jamie’s Ministry of Food for discussions about food and health.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds Kirkgate Market champion said:

“It is great that we can offer these food tours in conjunction with the NHS in Leeds. I am a firm believer that the market is the perfect place to source healthy foods and create some fantastic meals.

“I encourage people with health conditions to sign up for these tours when they start and experience the great atmosphere of shopping at a market, while learning how easy it is to shop, cook and eat healthily to improve their quality of life.”

Rachel Vine, Dietician from NHS Leeds Community Healthcare said:
“People often know what dishes they’d like to make. But getting all the ingredients together and putting it into practice every day can be a struggle. Our shopping tours can make it easier for you to make healthier food choices. And we hope to show you that healthy eating doesn’t have to cost more.”

Recipes using information from the tours will be published on the Leeds markets website

To book a place on a tour please contact 0113 29 52858 Monday to Friday 9 am to 5pm.

Notes to editors:

• Shop to get fitter tours are aimed at people with, or who have a family history of, heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Partners are welcome but the courses are not suitable for children.
• Tours to be conducted at non-peak times (Wednesdays at 9.30am and 10.45am). With 30mins on the market floor, then return to All Being Well/Ministry of Food to continue food and health discussions with a few fun activities with food labelling and packaging.
• To sign up to a Ministry of Food course please contact 0113 242 5685 or visit

• NHS Leeds Community Healthcare is responsible for providing healthcare services in the Leeds area and is hosted by Leeds Primary Care Trust (NHS Leeds).


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450