Thank you for your comments and feedback regarding school places in the Adel area, an update is provided below.

Further work has been carried out around the demographics and demand for school places in this area. For the academic year 2014/15 the combined Adel schools (Adel St John CE and Adel Primary) had a total of 60 first preferences between them, with 60 places available in reception across both schools. The latest NHS data for children aged under 5 indicates that there are fewer children living nearest to these schools than places available. Although we are unable to predict parental preference, we are aware that both schools attract children from the Adel and Cookridge areas.

Housing developments in the area currently under construction will impact on the demand for places and we estimate that an additional 0.5 forms of entry (15 reception class places) will be required once these are all complete and fully occupied. In terms of creating more school places, we are currently investigating a number of options and are working closely with colleagues from services within Leeds City Council, including Buildings, Planning and Highways.

Some of the work currently being carried out is:

  • Investigating whether land near to the schools is available and suitable for expansion;
  • Investigating the highways issues that any school expansion may create and whether these can be adequately addressed;
  • A review of current school sites to determine whether there is scope to expand without additional land. Initial views at the stakeholder event were that this would be a very difficult option but this needs further investigation to confirm; and
  • Investigating land identified off Otley Road that could be a potential site for a new school or split site option for an existing school.

Although this work can be timely, we will be providing a further update in the spring term.

 

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Pudsey/Swinnow

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. Our projections for Pudsey/Swinnow schools, which take into account where children live, birth rate patterns and factors related to planned local housing developments, indicate that an additional one form of entry (the equivalent of an extra 30 reception class places) is required across the whole area from September 2017.

As part of the process for identifying options and reviewing school place provision in these areas, a Stakeholder Engagement Event using Outcome Based Accountability (OBA) methodology was held on January 23rd, 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, parent group representatives and officers from teams across the council including school capacity planning, 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. Expand Pudsey Greenside Primary School from 45 places to 60 places in reception as a permanent arrangement on site, creating an additional 15 places per year.
  2. Expand Park Spring Primary School from 45 places to 60 places in reception as a permanent arrangement on site, creating an additional 15 places per year.
  3. Expand Southroyd Primary School from 60 places to 90 places in reception as a permanent arrangement on site, creating an additional 30 places per year.
  4. Remove the constraints placed on the Published Admission Number (PAN) at any given school so that up to six more children can be admitted to each class.

 Class size legislation restricts foundation and key stage 1 classes to 30 pupils per qualified teacher, therefore this suggestion could not be implemented

  1. Source a new site yet to be identified in the Pudsey area so that local schools can establish “satellite” classrooms as a shared resource off-site. This communal facility could be divided by the cluster, freeing up capacity in each of the schools.

We are not currently aware of available land in this area that could be used for additional school provision.

  1. Investigate the option of a through-school to be established with one of the local secondary schools either on a secondary school site or as part of a split-site solution to offer one form of entry primary provision (30 places in reception).

We are not currently aware of available land in this area that could be used for additional school provision.

  1. Acquire the old Hough Side High School site to relocate Park Spring Primary School as part of a permanent expansion.

The former Hough Side High School is already used as offices by Leeds City Council and is therefore not available for school provision

  1. Design and implement a shift-system for participating schools to opt in to, that allows multiple groups of children to attend one site by splitting the school day in two or more sessions.

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

This part of the discussion on providing additional school places in Belle Isle & Middleton will close on 19/12/14. There will be a further opportunity to comment on the proposed solution when it’s posted here in the near future.

Statutory Notices

Following a period of consultation in Armley/Wortley and Bramley to identify a way to provide sufficient numbers of primary school places, formal proposals have now been published. This is known as a statutory notice and is a 4 week period during which representations can be made to the local authority.

The full statutory notices are available to view via these links;

Full proposal for Hollybush;

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Full%20proposal%20-%20Hollybush.pdf

Full proposal for Castleton;

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Full%20proposal%20-%20Castleton.pdf

Any responses should be made to the capacity planning team as detailed in the notice, or by using this link:

https://consult.leeds.gov.uk/leeds/KMS/elab.aspx?noip=1&CampaignId=715&SessionId=H8SUWY5GDX

Responses must be submitted by 4pm on 1/10/14. Please do not submit responses to the statutory notice using this site.

You can also find out more about Statutory Notices and other guidance on school organisation from the Department for Education by clicking here.