Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Local communities asked for their views on new school proposals

People who live in Harehills and Beeston/Holbeck are being asked for their views on proposals from organisations who want to run new primary schools in their communities.

Leeds City Council has been working on a programme to increase primary school places around the city, in order to make sure there are enough places for the increasing number of children being born. As part of this programme, the council consulted on the need for two new primary schools, one at Florence Street, Harehills to open in September 2013 and one at the site of the old South Leeds Sports Centre, Beeston Road, to open in 2014. Based on that consultation, a notice was published at the beginning of the year inviting people interested in running the schools to send their proposals to the council.

The proposals are part of a city-wide programme which is necessary to meet the increased demand for primary-age places caused by a rising birth rate and an increase in the number of families moving into certain areas of the city. Through this programme the council has already delivered 710 new reception places since 2009.

The council received five proposals for the new school at Florence Street in Harehills, which were from:
1. Academies Enterprise Trust
2. The Co-Operative Academies Trust
3. LEAF Academy Trust
4. Leeds Muslim College
5. Rainbow Schools Trust
And three, for the new school at the South Leeds Sports Centre site, which were from:
1. Academies Enterprise Trust
2. The Learning Trust (South Leeds)
3. Rainbow Schools Trust

The council is now inviting comments on these proposals from members of the local communities, including ward members and anyone with an interest in the proposals.

Public meetings have been arranged for interested parties to find out more about each proposal and have their say. For the Harehills proposals the public meetings will be at 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 July, at Shine business and community centre, Harehills Road, LS8 5HS. For the south Leeds proposals the meetings will be at 2.00pm and 6.30pm on Thursday 12 July, at the Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, LS11 6RD. Attendees will be able to browse the materials and speak to the proposers informally between 5.00pm and 6.00pm at both locations.

All comments will be considered by the council’s executive board, who will make a decision on who will run the new school at their meeting in October 2012.

Comments must be received by Leeds City Council by 4.00pm on 20 August 2012:
In writing to: The director of children’s services, c/o Capacity Planning and Sufficiency Team, Children’s Services, 10th Floor West, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8DT.
By email to:
Copies of the full proposals are available on, by calling 0113 224 3867, or by contacting the proposers directly.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Media opportunity - Muslim pupils celebrate their heritage in Roundhay’s ‘secret garden’

Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage pupils across Leeds who have been taking part in an innovative project have been invited to celebration event tomorrow.

To celebrate the success of the ‘Secret Garden’ project pupils from 11 primary schools in Leeds will be heading to the Alhambra Garden at Roundhay park tomorrow to enjoy a host of Islamic themed entertainment.

Media opportunity:
Members of the media are invited to attend the ‘Secret Garden’ celebration event at the Alhambra Garden in Roundhay Park, 1.30 to 3.30 on Thursday 12 July.
Entertainment will include Bollywood dancers, Dohl drummers and poetry recitals. (See programme of events below)

The Secret Garden is a curriculum topic developed by the Equalities and Entitlement Team at Leeds City Council to raise attainment of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage pupils in Leeds primary schools.

To celebrate the success of this innovative project and to provide the pupils with the opportunity to show their achievements to a wider audience, pupils, staff and parents from each school will attend the celebration event. Talented poets and musicians from the community will provide entertainment. Pupils will hold workshops demonstrating some of the new skills and knowledge they have learned through the topic and there will also be poetry recitals in both Urdu and English, as well as musical and dance performances.

Programme of events
1.30-1.40 pm Opening speech
1.40 -1.50pm Hovingham Dhol drummers and singers
1.50- 2.10pm Yorkshire Adabee Forum performing a Musharia
2.10 -2.20pm Carr Manor Bollywood dancers
2.20 -2.40pm Schools showcase event
2.40-2.50pm break
2.50 -3.10pm Schools showcase event
3.10 – 3.15pm Mohammed Rashid – poetry recitation
3.15 – 3.20pm Pupils performance
3.20-3.30pm Closing speech

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

(A full press release and photographs will be issued tomorrow)