Proposal to expand Cockburn Secondary Academy

The Cockburn Multi Academy Trust and governing body of Cockburn Secondary Academy, in partnership with Leeds City Council, are proposing to expand Cockburn Academy from a capacity of 210 pupils in year 7 to 270 pupils in year 7 and to increase the total admission limit from 1050 to 1350 pupils from September 2018.

The consultation period lasts for two weeks between Monday 6th March 2017 and Monday 20th March 2017.   During this period views on the proposal are being sought from parents, staff, residents and other local stakeholders.

The proposal will require an extension and improvements to the academy’s dining area.

You may comment on this proposal by clicking on ‘leave a comment’ at the bottom of the page.

You can contribute to this part of the discussion until Monday 20th March 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, Capacity Planning and Sufficiency Team, Leeds, LS1 9PZ




  1. I am a resident on Gipsy Lane and have been for many years. During this time there have been a number of expansions to the school which has resulted in increased school numbers and there is now a requirement for more school places!
    When will the residents and residences along Gipsy Lane be taken into consideration. When you consider extending the school you should also extend the on site parking facilities!
    Traffic congestion and parking is now so difficult, we can be prisoners in our own homes or unable to gain access to our homes due to inconsideration of people connected with the school and lack of courtesy. It was only last week when a parked car parked across my drive, I was unable to leave, I am fed up of approaching these people as in the past some have been abusive which resulted in the police being called. I now take a passive approach to this, I don’t believe as a long term resident I should be subjected to this.
    As a result I object to this expansion.


  2. I notice there is no provision for the extra traffic that is inevitable with 300 more children. The parking and congestion before , during and after school seems to be worse than ever.
    Apart from the obvious annoyance for local residents it is becoming more dangerous for the children and other pedestrians.
    A school of 1350 pupils with only one narrow road in and out is plainly ridiculous.
    Something needs to be done before the inevitable accident occurs not to mention the increased tensions between parents picking children up and residents who are fed up of being blocked in or unable to navigate the narrow road down to the lights on Gipsy Lane.


  3. As with the 2 previous comments I also believe the narrow road that is Gipsy Lane and the corner of Southleigh Road cannot cope with an extra 300 children.

    As residents in this immediate area we are prisoners in our homes at times, we cannot leave or return between 2.30PM and 3.15PM due to cars blocking driveways.

    If this is a local school why can’t children walk to and from school as was the norm 20 years ago ?
    Why is there a need for 4 or 5 school buses that are never more than 20% full ?

    The school needs to provide sufficient parking and keep the road clear.
    There also needs to be a be a second route out on to the Ring Road, a one way system to Middleton would be a major improvement

    Finally how much more litter will we have to remove from our gardens and pavements with 300 more children.


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