Kirkstall / Burley / Hawksworth

Context

Leeds City Council has a legal duty to ensure the provision of sufficient school places in the city, and due to a rising birth rate and new housing developments, has established an ongoing city-wide school expansion programme to meet increased demand for school places. Kirkstall / Burley / Hawksworth are areas where there is an increased demand for primary age places.  Projection data from various sources identifies that an additional 30-45 reception places (equivalent to up to 1-1.5 forms of entry) may be needed across the area from September 2016.

As part of the process for identifying options and reviewing school place provision in the Kirkstall / Burley / Hawksworth areas, a Stakeholder Engagement Event using Outcome Based Accountability (OBA) methodology was held on 17 March 2015.  The aim was to bring key stakeholders together to discuss the issues and generate ideas and solutions.  Attendees at the event included school governors, head teachers, elected members, and parents, together with officers from teams across the council including Capacity Planning & Sufficiency, Highways, Planning and Built Environment.

A summary of the suggestions put forward

Please note that these suggestions may not have been put forward by representatives of the stated school and therefore may not represent that school’s governing body view. In addition, there are also a number of practical barriers to some of the options put forward, including traffic and highways matters. Where sites or land use is suggested, this land may not be available or in Leeds City Council ownership and would therefore need further investigation.

1.  Burley Park Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) – move the unit to an alternative site and use the current site for school   provision or a separate ASC (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) for Key Stage 1 or 2 children. There are currently no plans to relocate the PRU.

2.  Consider adding nursery provision at Burley St Matthias C of E Primary School.

3.  Utilise the site of the former West Park Centre could be used for primary provision. Although the West Park Centre is owned by Leeds City Council, it is not currently available for school use. Further investigations would need to take place to determine whether this site could be used or school provision.

4.  Consider the Beckett Park site for primary provision with the following options:

  • Move Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School to the Beckett Park site and expand Beecroft Primary School across the current Beecroft and Sacred Heart sites.
  • Re-open Beckett Park as a primary school
  • Use the site as part of a through school (4-18 years) with an existing high school, offering the primary provision on this site.

5.  All schools in the area could take it in turns to take a temporary increase each year – rather than expanding one school permanently. This would allow for any drop in the birth rate where a reduction in demand for primary places occurs.

6.  Expand Burley St Matthias C of E Primary School to 1.5 forms of entry (45 places in reception).

7.  Expand Beecroft Primary School to 2 forms of entry (60 places in reception) and also include provision for ASC provision (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

8.  Create a mobile/satellite school in the Kirkstall Abbey area that can be moved to where it is needed.

9.  Investigate St Anne’s Mill near to Kirkstall Leisure Centre, to determine whether this could be an option for a new school site.

10.  Expand Kirkstall St. Stephen’s C o f E Primary School.

We would welcome your comments on the above suggestions or any other options you feel we should consider.

Here is the presentation from the event: Kirkstall Burley Hawksworth presentation

 

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. I can’t see option 5 working without causing problems for sibling places, and don’t really understand option 8- a mobile school? Are there any existing schools that really have capacity for a permanent increase in intake? Many are on small sites and seem full as they are. Making use of an existing site and building e.g. Beckett Park would seem the most obvious answer if there is going to be an ongoing demand for more primary places.

  2. Querying how the provision of further nursery places will alleviate the chronic lack of primary places, which is surely the more urgent need in the next 12-24 months? Of course, this is exactly what was predicted when Beckett Park was closed…

  3. I think re-opening the Becketts Park site as a Primary school is a safe and cost effective option. It also increases primary school provision in an area where there are many families. Hopefully this will give Tue opportunity for people to walk to school.

    The Becketts Park site has a lot of space, and I would think the children attending this school would have a vastly improved experience of primary school, as would the children attending nearby schools, rather than increasing their schools’ intakes to multiple-form entry, squeezing more children into smaller spaces.

  4. Re-opening Beckett Park as a primary school seems like the best option, as is spreads the school provision in the area. The school is on a wonderful site and be good to see it back to a school again.

  5. The West Park and Becketts Park options seem the most sensible to me and, whilst not officially within the boundaries of this cluster, they are the nearest sites to where the majority of the shortfall is. I think that both of these options should be investigated further. I don’t think that the move of Sacred Heart should be considered as this will be a massive disruption to those pupils, and most likely unnecessary as that particular location isn’t where the greatest shortfall is.
    Option 5 – not feasible as most, if not all, of the schools are unable to take additional pupils due to limited space. I also imagine that this would be a nightmare to administer.
    Option 8 – mobile/satellite site – most likely a non-starter, think of the risk assessment!

  6. I think the comments about small sites are realistic, not at all sure how you could fit more children into Burley St Matthias without finding more land to build on.

  7. I would favour reopening Beckets park, but with the assurance that North Leeds Community Nursery would still be sited there. They are a fabulous nursery rated good by Ofsteasd, with a waiting list, but an uncertain future as the council have them on a very short notice rolling contract

  8. Becketts Park seems like the best option. Squeezing more children into already full to capacity schools is a bad idea,because it will impact playing space as well as school hall, library and ICT rooms.

    Reopening the school also future proofs the area against a bigger population boom when West Park and Kirkstall Forge housing is built.

  9. Expanding Beecroft Primary would be the best idea, surely parents want the best education for their children and Beecroft can offer that. In terms of relocating sacred heart primary school surely this can be completed during school holidays to eliminate any disruption. Beecroft Primary is an location which can be easily accessed by two main routes to the city, (easy for parents to commute to work). A mobile school would be unsettling for children, especially those that are starting in reception, these children need stability that their classroom is going to be in the same location everyday.

  10. I have looked at your power point presentation and your charts and they already give you the answers
    1 No building space on present school sites to expand, the children need space to play and learn and cramped conditions lead to bad education and stressful school days.
    2 Many of the children in the area have longer than necessary bus or car journeys to get to school at the moment and it will only get worse, better for children to walk to school.
    3 The option for a mobile/ satellite is a none starter no one has the space and difficult and expensive to administer.

    The best option is to re-open Becketts Park school so to ease the numbers in the other schools, opening up new places for new families coming into the area when the Kirkstall Forge and West Park housing estates are built
    The site has a large playing area an existing quality nursery on site, 2 main halls plus a separate dinning area plenty of classrooms and parking for staff separate entrance for services.
    Plus most of the school is on one level to accommodate children with all abilities.
    Why did we ever close the school.

    Whether Sacred Heart re-locate or Becketts Park re-opens as a new Primary school is not the issue. What is important is that children be given the chance to attend a school which will offer them the best start in education.

  11. We always knew that there would come a time when the Beckett Park site would need to be re-opened. On closing, it made children have to relocate to other schools much further from the Headingley, Queenswood Drive and Spen Lane areas, thereby filling up the school places for those families who live closer to the schools in Kirkstall and Burley.

    Extending the smaller schools will have a negative impact on those children, especially those children who attend Kirkstall St Stephens- they have a relatively small space to play in at the moment!

    Relocating Sacred Heart just seems unfair for a well established school and will simply cause more childcare problems for those families.

    The only option in my opinion would be to re open and modernise Beckett Park school. The site itself is such a lovely environment and would enable the teachers to utilise the grass and woodland areas which surround it, establish links with the university and its students and be the ideal place for many families who live in the previously mentioned locations.

    However I would be concerned about it becoming a through school (4-18year olds) because it would take away the valuable parkland but also increase the traffic in the surrounding roads and the already busy Queenswood Drive. There is a possibility of increased antisocial behaviour/groups of teenagers in the shopping parade area which has redeveloped over the last 10 years and has attracted a number of families and elderly people.

    I do hope that the council will ensure that the residents views are taken into consideration and that they are kept fully informed about future developments through paper questionnaires as well as the internet.

  12. I think re-opening the Beckett Park site is the best option. I don’t see a problem with Sacred Heart moving there, as I was once informed that a large number of it’s pupils travel in from outside the local area with it being a Catholic school. Beecroft is a very successful & over-subscribed school, and it would be sensible for it to expand to give more pupils in the area an outstanding education. I don’t understand why LCC says the West Park land can’t be considered for school use, as it was originally a school. I am also concerned about the impact the Kirkstall Forge development will have on school places in the area – I presume the developers may be making a financial contribution to ease pressure on schools.

  13. I’m not against the expansion of Beecroft Primary School because every child deserves an education so if a bigger school allows more children to get an education that is great.But what I have got a major issue with is the larger number of children means more parents dropping them off and picking them up. At the moment Sandford Road is struggling with the number of parents who drive down and park on Sandford Road at the start of school and at the end of school. Because it is a dead end street it can not cope with the large volume of traffic and parents driving down trying to turn round while other parents are doing the same. Residents can not park outside their houses or even get close to their houses at these times because of the total number of vehicles taking up all the space. Deliveries can not be made because there is no room. If the situation continues or gets worse then it is only a matter of time until some serious damage is done or even more serious someone is run over. The best suggestion would be a total ban on parents using Sandford Road as a parking/drop off/pick up point. The main gate of the school and the road which this is located on should be used as it was with every school I attended not a back entrance.

  14. As a resident of Sandford Road I agree with the above comment. I have nothing against the expansion of Beecroft Primary School, although the disruption of the residents of Sandford road caused by parents picking up and dropping off kids is unacceptable. Whilst the front of the school is at the other side it almost seems like it may as well be at Sandford road as it seems most parents choose to use this entrance with priority. This is unacceptable. If Beecroft primary school is expanded the back entrance to the school should be closed.

  15. West park and reopening Becketts Park seem like the best options. It would encourage local residents to walk to school. We need more schools in this area, St Chads being the only option for us, which is a faith school and over subscribed.

    • Good afternoon,

      Thank you for your comment.

      This part of the discussion on providing additional school places in the Kirkstall/Burley/Hawksworth area has now ended and we have since consulted on two proposed expansions to meet the long term need for additional school places in this area. The proposals are to expand Hawksworth Wood Primary School from 210 places (1 form entry) to 420 places (2 form entry) from September 2017 and expand Beecroft Primary School from 210 places (1 form entry) to 315 places (1.5 form entry) also from September 2017. Both consultations have now closed and we will provide an update on the proposals on this site in the near future.

      Regards,
      The Sufficiency and Planning Team
      Email: educ.school.organisation@leeds.gov.uk

  16. The reopening of Becketts Park school would be the best option – as outlined by some of the previous comments this site is ideally situated for future proofing school places for new developments and is a great setting for young people to learn in.
    The expansion of Beecroft will put added pressure on the roads surrounding it and without transport planning will continue to cause residents further parking problems.

    • Good afternoon,

      Thank you for your comment.

      This part of the discussion on providing additional school places in the Kirkstall/Burley/Hawksworth area has now ended and we have since consulted on two proposed expansions to meet the long term need for additional school places in this area. The proposals are to expand Hawksworth Wood Primary School from 210 places (1 form entry) to 420 places (2 form entry) from September 2017 and expand Beecroft Primary School from 210 places (1 form entry) to 315 places (1.5 form entry) also from September 2017. Both consultations have now closed and we will provide an update on the proposals on this site in the near future.

      Regards,
      The Sufficiency and Planning Team
      Email: educ.school.organisation@leeds.gov.uk

  17. As a resident of Queenswood Drive I would welcome the reopening of Becketts Park school. I have a child at Beecroft primary and another potentially going next school year, why Becketts park was closed in the first place is beyond me. If the school was reopened it would serve not only the residents of the Queenswood estate but also the upper part of Headingley leading up to West Park.

    From what I have seen location wise the setting is fantastic and the building looks still in good condition.

    Personally I would much rather walk my children to school rather than take my car.

    In my opinion adding to class sizes is not an option as this doesn’t solve the problem long term and diminishes the quality of the teaching.

    Moving Sacred Heart seems unfair and a mobile school is something I have never heard of before, but why have a mobile school when you have facilities already at Becketts Park that just need reopening.

    • Good afternoon,

      Thank you for your comment.

      This part of the discussion on providing additional school places in the Kirkstall/Burley/Hawksworth area has now ended and we have since consulted on two proposed expansions to meet the long term need for additional school places in this area. The proposals are to expand Hawksworth Wood Primary School from 210 places (1 form entry) to 420 places (2 form entry) from September 2017 and expand Beecroft Primary School from 210 places (1 form entry) to 315 places (1.5 form entry) also from September 2017. Both consultations have now closed and we will provide an update on the proposals on this site in the near future.

      Regards,
      The Sufficiency and Planning Team
      Email: educ.school.organisation@leeds.gov.uk

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