The statutory notice period relating to a proposal to permanently expand Benton Park School has now ended. Executive Board is expected to make a final decision on the proposal and following that decision, a further update will be posted here.



Proposal to increase secondary school places at Benton Park School

Following the consultation to expand Benton Park School, at its meeting on 17 October Leeds City Council’s Executive Board approved the recommendation to publish a Statutory Notice in relation to the proposal to expand the school.


A Statutory Notice will be published in the Yorkshire Evening Post on Monday 19 November 2018. This is a prescribed, legal process as set out in the Department for Education’s statutory guidance which will mark the start of a 4 week formal consultation period, also known as a ‘representation period’.


The formal consultation period will run from 19 November 2018 to 4pm on 16 December 2018. During this period anyone can comment on or object to the proposal to expand the school.


The details of the proposal and the Statutory Notice will be available on the school website and on the Leeds City Council website from Monday 19 November 2018. A link to the relevant Leeds City Council webpage is below.


Please do not submit responses to the statutory notice using this site. If anyone wishes to comment on or object to the proposal they can do this by writing to; PO Box 837, Sufficiency and Participation Team, Children and Families, Leeds, LS1 9PZ or by emailing Comments or objections should reach the Sufficiency and Participation Team by 4pm on 16 December 2018 in order to be counted.

The engagement exercise has ended and the responses are now being collated. The survey responses received will soon be passed on to the Regional Schools Commissioner and a further update will be provided in due course.

Secondary School Places – Outer North East Public Engagement Survey

Secondary School Provision – Outer North East Leeds

Public Engagement Exercise

Boston Spa School has applied to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School system (Lord Agnew) to become an academy sponsored by The Gorse Multi-academy Trust (TGAT). The council has asked that this decision is delayed while we engage with the local community about their preference for how school places in the area are organised in the future.

As this may lead to significant, long term changes to secondary education provision in the area it is clearly important that families have the chance to express their views. All responses received will be shared with the Department for Education before a decision is made on the academy application by Boston Spa School.

An online public engagement exercise commences on Wednesday 28th February and runs until Sunday 25th March. The Engagement Survey document, containing background information, data on finance and pupil numbers, can be found on the Leeds City Council School Place Planning webpage here. The online survey, which provides interested parties with the opportunity to share their views on how secondary school places in the area should be organised, can be found on the same webpage.

Please note that, although we will read all comments left on this blog page, we cannot respond to individual comments left here. If you wish to have your views formally acknowledged and included in the response to Lord Agnew, please complete the online survey through the link above or by requesting a paper copy of the survey response form. Requests for a response form should be made by emailing the Sufficiency and Participation team at



The engagement document and online survey can both be accessed from the school place planning webpage:


Update: Boston Spa and Wetherby Secondary Schools

Boston Spa School has applied to the regional schools commissioner to become an academy as part of the Gorse Multi Academy Trust. If Boston Spa were to become an academy in the near future it could jeopardise the future of Wetherby High School as pupil numbers in Wetherby and Boston Spa indicate that only one school is sustainable in the longer term. In addition Gorse Multi Academy Trust and Boston Spa included as part of their proposal to also academise Wetherby High School and close it.

 In light of this Leeds City Council were asked by the regional schools commissioner to submit a business case outlining the situation in the area and suggesting the most appropriate way of resolving the issue. We have also asked the regional schools commissioner to delay any decision on Boston Spa’s academy application whilst the sustainability of places is assessed.

 The regional schools commissioner is considering all the above but has not indicated their view.

 Any proposal bought forward by the council would be subject to full public consultation and we are actively working to make sure parents are fully consulted and get chance to feed in their views before any decisions affecting them are taken.

 Unfortunately as the schools application round for 2018 has closed we are not able to offer parents the opportunity to change their preferences at this time. However after national offer day on 1 March all parents are able to submit a waiting list request for other schools if they wish to do so.



Proposal for a new secondary free school in East Leeds from September 2020


Leeds City Council is proposing to establish a new 8 form entry (1,200 place – 240 pupils per year group) secondary free school for pupils aged 11-16 within the boundary of the Fearnville site (see the Fearnville Consultation Document for more detail). The suggested location is situated next to the new proposed Fearnville wellbeing centre being put forward by Leeds City Council. It is proposed that the new school would be linked to the new wellbeing centre allowing pupils to benefit from the use of these brand new sports and wellbeing facilities, as well as the local community. We are therefore proposing a school with a sports, health and wellbeing ethos. A separate consultation document is available with all the relevant information about the wellbeing centre proposal, and can be found at

The proposed opening date for the school is September 2020 with the school gradually filling over a number of years. There is no identified need for new sixth form (16-18 year olds) provision in the area.

A shortage of provision for young people with a Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND) has been identified in this area. A Resourced Provision for children with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) is included in this proposal. A dedicated resource base for one to one support/development and access to specialist teaching methods is proposed, however pupils could access mainstream education as appropriate to their individual needs.

As part of the proposed new school and wellbeing centre Leeds City Council are proposing to utilise a section of the Fearnville playing fields. Although these fields are owned by Leeds City Council, in 1925 Leeds City Council applied to what was the National Playing Fields Association – now Fields in Trust (FiT) to protect them through a Deeds of Dedication. You can find out more about this in the Fearnville Consultation Document and further information in these Fearnville questions & answers.

The extended consultation period now ends on Friday 3rd November 2017.   During this period, views on the proposal are being sought from parents, staff, residents and other stakeholders.

You may comment on this proposal by clicking on ‘leave a comment’ at the bottom of the page, or complete the online survey at

You can contribute to this part of the discussion until Friday 3rd November 2017 at 4pm.

If any of the information above is required in large print / braille / alternative language version please contact Leeds City Council.


Leeds City Council, PO Box 837,  Sufficiency & Participation Team, c/o Town Hall, Leeds, LS1 9PZ