15 Nov 2022
Statement on a proposal to close Queensway Primary School
Leeds City Council's statement on the outcome of consultation on a proposal to close Queensway Primary School.
A Leeds City Council spokesperson said:
“Due to a significant and continued fall in the number of children being born in Guiseley and Yeadon, primary schools in this area are now facing continued lower demand for places. In order for the schools to remain financially stable and continue to meet the learning needs of their children, there needs to be a reduction in the number of available places.
“We have explored alternative options to reduce the number of school places in the area, but unfortunately the only way we can manage numbers is to consider the closure of a maintained school. Over the last few years, there has been a decline in families in the area preferencing Queensway Primary School, and there are currently a high number of surplus places at the school.
“Feedback received from members of the school community and other stakeholders through the consultation process has been highly valuable. We recognise that Queensway Primary, like many schools, offers more than just a school place, particularly for those children and families who are more vulnerable. If a decision is made to close the school, the council would work closely with the school’s leadership team, as well as other schools and services in the area, to ensure continued support for local families and secure the best possible outcomes for the children.
“In the meantime, following its recent Inadequate Ofsted inspection judgement, we will continue to support the school in developing an action plan that addresses the key areas for improvement identified in the inspection report, including priorities to improve the provision and progress for learners with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities."
Notes to editors:
Leeds City Council’s executive board has been asked to approve a recommendation to publish a Statutory Notice on the proposal to permanently close Queensway Primary School at the end of this academic year. If approved, a final decision on the proposal would be expected in March 2023.
The full executive board report (agenda item 10) can be viewed at https://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=11824&x=1&
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