***CONSULTATION PERIOD EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER***
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 http://active.leeds.gov.uk/fearnvilleleisurecentredevelopment
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 https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=150669152265.
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