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


At the meeting of the council’s Executive Board on 19 April 2017, approval was given to spend capital funds to support a permanent expansion of Cockburn (Academy) School from a capacity of 1050 pupils to 1200 pupils, with an increase in the admission number from 210 to 240 with effect from September 2019.


Information regarding secondary place planning in the Inner East and Inner North East areas can be found below.

As part of these discussions on secondary places in these areas of the city; an expansion of Roundhay Through School has been proposed. This proposal is now being consulted on separately so that timely action can be taken. You can find further information about this by clicking on the consultation document here.

As the consultation has now ended, the link to the formal consultation response page has now been removed.