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:


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

The consultation on a proposal to expand Cockburn Secondary Academy has now closed. All responses are now being collated.

The Cockburn Multi Academy Trust and governing body of the Academy, and Leeds City Council will provide an update in due course.