Have your say on primary school expansions

People across the city are being asked to share their views on the expansion of four primary schools in Leeds.

A public consultation is currently underway to discover people’s views on proposals to expand Little London, Tranmere Park, Rufford Park and Sharp Lane primary schools.

The proposed expansions 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 approved 830 new reception places since 2009.

The latest proposals under consideration are:

• The expansion of Little London Primary School from 210 pupils to 630 pupils (30 admission limit to 90);

• The expansion of Tranmere Park Primary School, Guiseley, from 315 pupils to 420 pupils (45 admission limit to 60) ;

• The expansion of Rufford Park Primary School, Yeadon, from 210 pupils to 315 pupils (30 admission limit to 45) and;

• The expansion of Sharp Lane Primary School, Middleton, from 420 pupils to 630 pupils ( 60 admission limit to 90).

People interested in hearing more about the Sharp Lane proposals are invited to a public meeting on Thursday 27 September at 6pm at the school, where they will be able to view the consultation documents and ask questions about the proposals.

Local authorities have to provide a school place for every child in the city with no child having to make an unreasonable journey to get there.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member for children’s services at Leeds City Council, said:

“The increased demand for primary school places means we have to reassess the size of certain schools to ensure there will be places available to every child.

“Before making these decisions we are asking for the views of the public to gauge opinion as well as consulting with head teachers and governors at the schools involved. These expansions will ensure that children in these areas of Leeds will have the best possible start to their learning.”

The formal consultation period ends on Friday 19 October and all views will be noted and considered as part of the formal process. The council’s executive board will make the final decision as to whether to proceed with the proposals. If they get the go ahead the changes will take place in September 2014.

There is a public consultation document on each proposal which is available to download from www.leeds.gov.uk or hard copies can be requested from Capacity Planning and Sufficiency Team, 10th Floor West, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8DT or e-mail educ.school.organisation@leeds.gov.uk.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk