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