Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Pupils are looking to the future at one of the city’s first ‘through’ schools

Pupils at the new primary phase at Carr Manor Community School will celebrate their new school building with a special opening ceremony tomorrow.

The pupils will be joined by staff and special guests to bury a time capsule which will have messages from the children and visitors inside. There will also be a tree planting ceremony, a balloon release and a plaque unveiling at the official opening ceremony tomorrow Wednesday 26 June.

The leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield and the deputy leader, Councillor Judith Blake will be officially opening the new building alongside pupils, guests and staff.

Carr Manor is one of two new ‘through’ schools which have opened in Leeds this year – where children can attend from reception age right through to year 13.

Media opportunity:
When: Wednesday 10.30am (for time capsule burying, tree planting and balloon release)
Where: Carr Manor Community school primary phase, Stainbeck Lane, LS17 5DJ
Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony where pupils will be burying a time capsule, and planting a tree, with Cllrs Wakefield and Blake and school staff. Photographs and interviews will be available.

Pupils will be putting postcards in the time capsule with messages on about what they want to do when they leave school. Visitors will also be invited to write messages to place in the time capsule, which will then be first opened in 2019 when the pupils move into the secondary phase and the messages returned to the visitors. Pupils will then add more messages to the capsule which will be re-buried until they are ready to leave school in 2024.

Simon Flowers Principal of Carr Manor Community School stated:
“As a school, our key values are to ‘know our children well’; be ‘partners in learning’ and to ‘enjoy and achieve’. Extending our school community to receive children from Reception through to Year 13 has provided a very exciting and unique opportunity for pupils of all ages. We are also particularly pleased to be able to offer use of the building and grounds to families and partners within the local community and we are looking forward to seeing our first cohort of Reception children graduate in 2024!”

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, who will be unveiling the plaque at the ceremony said:
“Carr Manor is a fantastic school with a great ethos. I’m sure the children who have joined in reception will reap the benefits of being able to attend right the way through until they are ready to move on to further education, training or employment.”

Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader and executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“This is really exciting event for the children at Carr Manor. They have an amazing new building which I‘m sure will help them learn and achieve in the years to come.

“Education is central to our aim to be a child friendly city and providing excellent places to learn is vital to helping children be happy and secure in their learning, and help them succeed in all aspects of their lives.”

The new Primary Phase building opened to the first cohort of reception children in September 2012. Children who start in reception are guaranteed a place in Year 7 of the secondary phase.

The new building offers modern, light and airy internal learning spaces, along with landscaped grounds that provide a range of outdoor learning environments including sports facilities, an allotment and natural habitat area.

Notes to editors:
A through school is a school that takes a child through from Reception to Year 11 or 13, encompassing both a primary, secondary and further education provision within the same institution. The benefits of a through school include:
• Collaboration and continuity that results from working in all-age institutions will lead to raised attainment across all Key Stages
• Improved continuity for multi-agency involvement across phases for pupils, carers and families;
• Improved pastoral care for children in challenging circumstances by offering joined-up support and continuity of work with families;
• Reduction in the dip in performance during the transition from primary to secondary schooling;
• Improved teaching and learning by sharing expertise across all phases by offering increased opportunities for personalised learning;
• Enhanced opportunities for recruitment, retention and redeployment of staff by offering greater opportunities for professional development;
• Flexibility in areas such as curriculum design, delivery and school leadership/management;
• Sharing physical resources.

Quote from Ofsted – “Carr Manor is a good and improving school. Several aspects of its work are outstanding. The quality of care, guidance and support provided for all students is exceptional and the school has created a safe and caring environment which promotes students’ academic and personal development extremely well.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Get sporty at Boston Spa fair

Boston Spa School will be the place to be this week for anyone interested in getting involved in a new sport or becoming more active.

The school off Clifford Moor Road in Wetherby plays host to a sport and active lifestyles fair from 6-8pm on Thursday 27 June, which will see more than 25 organisations including sports clubs and physical activity providers from Boston Spa, Wetherby and the surrounding villages represented.

Organised by Leeds City Council and Boston Spa School, the free event is open for all to attend with taster sessions being held for basketball, football, wall climbing, archery, rugby, hockey, tennis, cycling, golf and bowls. In addition there will be demonstrations of gymnastics and martial arts.

Activities will be taking place both outdoors and indoors, meaning should there be poor weather the event will still be held inside, where there will also be information stalls and demonstrations.

The event forms part of National Schools Sports Week, and will feature an appearance by Leeds Rhinos mascot Ronnie the Rhino.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“This sport and active lifestyles fair promises to be a fantastic showcase for the range of sport and physical activities available for local people in North East Leeds.

“The event offers the chance to try a sport you always wanted to or to find out about completely new sports in a fun environment, so we look forward to seeing lots of people attending.”

For more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/activelifestyles


For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

Young people offered the chance to become the next apprentice

Apprenticeships working with celebrity agents and The Leeds United Foundation will be among those on offer at an apprenticeships and skills evening aimed at young people.

Leeds City Council and its partners across the city are to host an information evening at Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 2 July from 5-8pm.

The event will bring together young people, parents and carers providing them with the opportunity to meet with employers and training providers to find out more about the wide range of apprenticeship opportunities available and how they can be accessed.

Already confirmed to attend the event are the National Apprenticeship Service, Leeds City College, Leeds College of Building, learning providers and a wide range of other employers in the city including: Barclays Bank, Aldi, Leeds Building Society, The Leeds United Foundation, thebigword, entertainment and celebrity management agency Greenleaf Entertainments, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds Dental Institute, Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) and East Coast Trains.

Greenleaf Entertainments – the entertainment and celebrity management agency - are offering a role as a celebrity booking agent and offering young people the chance to work with the likes of Diva Fever (X Factor), Kaya Jones (former member of the Pussycat Dolls) and television star Crissy Rock.

Managing Director of Greenleaf Entertainments Scott Cole said:

“We are a fast-growing business, and we really value the skills young people can bring – that’s why we’re currently active in seeking apprentices in the Leeds area.”

Young people will have the opportunity to speak to personal advisors and employers to gain advice on how to apply for an apprenticeship and to hear from apprenticeship ambassadors who will share their own personal experiences.

Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“This is a great opportunity for young people to come and see the diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities the city has on offer .These include financial services, accountancy, marketing, customer services, translation and interpretation, retail, teaching and learning and many more.

“Leeds is a thriving city, with a growing business sector open to hiring young talent to develop within their businesses. Since August 2012 1,956 young people have taken up apprenticeships across the city, and we want this success to continue.

“As a council we are committed to ensuring our young people gain the skills and qualifications that are needed to keep our city thriving.”


For media enquiries please contact the press office on 0113 2474450.

Leeds takes up the British Energy Challenge

Residents, businesses, academics, environmental groups and local authorities will be debating how to keep the lights on in Leeds next week.
Where energy comes from, how its generated, how much we use and its overall impact on the environment are all up for discussion at the British Energy Challenge.
Being hosted by Leeds City Council and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the event will explore the options for powering Leeds and Leeds City Region today and in the future.
Respected climate change author and campaigner Mark Lynas will be chairing the interactive event alongside DECC’s chief scientific adviser, Professor David MacKay.
To make the discussion real and to highlight the scale of the challenge, the session will use DECC’s interactive my2050 calculator.
**********Media opportunity**********
Where: Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University.
When: Friday 28 June, interview and photo opportunities with the my2050 calculator in action at 12.30pm, full debate starts at 1pm.
What: Media are invited to take part in the discussion at 1pm or for the photo opportunity at 12.30pm. Interviews are available with Professor David MacKay, speaker Professor Andy Gouldson, University of Leeds and Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment who will be opening the event and announcing details of new partnership to deliver the Green Deal in Leeds.
Please contact Amanda on 0113 395 1577 if you wish to attend the debate at 1pm or arrange interviews at 12.30pm.
The my2050 calculator demonstrates the options to generate energy, meet energy demand from residents and businesses and how these decisions affect people’s everyday lives and the implications for tackling climate change.
Anyone can use the my2050 calculator at http://my2050.decc.gov.uk/.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
“We know that many people are grappling with the day to day issues of how to pay for rising fuel bills. The event gives us a unique opportunity to discuss practical solutions that contribute to the wider challenge of how we can make and use energy efficiently.
“The topics up for debate are complex and have significant implications for our economy, the bills we pay and the environment we live in. However, we’re keen to tackle the issues head on to ensure that Leeds can benefit from locally generated, affordable and low carbon power.”
Professor David Mackay, DECC’s chief scientific adviser, said:
“The beauty of the 2050 calculator is that it allows people to better understand the scale of the energy challenges we face, and to make their own decisions about how to power the country in a low carbon and efficient way.
“Decarbonising the energy system is one of the most important challenges facing the UK today – and it can’t be achieved without the support of local communities and businesses.  This event is a great way to raise the profile of energy in the public domain”. 
Professor Andy Gouldson, University of Leeds, said:
"It is clear that energy bills are becoming ever more significant, not only for the people and businesses in Leeds, but also for the local economy where over £5 billion a year is spent on energy. But it is also clear that those bills - and associated carbon footprints - can be cut significantly through investments that make sense socially, economically and environmentally.
"This event will play a major role in stimulating the interest and investment that are needed to help Leeds move towards a low carbon, energy efficient economy."
The event in Leeds is one of eight roadshows taking place to allow communities and businesses to discuss how the country is powered.
As part of the event, Leeds City Council will also be announcing details of a new Green Deal partnership to help Leeds residents make their homes energy efficient.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk