Approval to expand Fieldhead Carr Primary School

At its meeting on 22 June 2016, Leeds City Council’s Executive Board approved the proposal to expand Fieldhead Carr (Community) Primary School by increasing its capacity from 210 pupils to 420 pupils, increasing the admission number from 30 to 60 with effect from September 2018.

To read the minutes of the meeting please click here.

At its meeting on 10 February 2016 Leeds City Council’s Executive Board gave approval for the publication of a Statutory Notice to expand Fieldhead Carr Primary School from a capacity of 210 pupils to 420 pupils with an increase in the admission number from 30 to 60 with effect from September 2018. The consultation which took place at Grimes Dyke Primary School was also acknowledged, together with the fact that further school expansions will be required within this area as the East Leeds Extension progresses.

Further details about the Statutory Notice and dates of the Notice Period will be provided shortly.


Consultation on the proposal to expand Grimes Dyke Primary School from September 2017

We have reviewed the comments made on the previous forum that was set up to seek your views about the suggestions made at a stakeholder event in October 2014 and have now developed a proposal for this area.

We have considered local demographics, the preference patterns of families, potential to expand on the site, highways issues, the location of any new housing and the comments from this forum.

We are now seeking your views on the following proposal:

Expand Grimes Dyke Primary School from 30 places per year to 60 places per year, with effect from September 2017.

This consultation will run from Monday 1st June – Friday 26th June at 4pm and during this time there will be drop-in sessions at the school where you can have your say or find out more.

The drop-in sessions will be held as follows:
Thursday 4th June 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Tuesday 9th June 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Friday 12th June 8.30am to 10.00am

You can find out more information from our consultation document Grimes Dyke consultation booklet

 You may leave a comment or discuss this proposal by clicking the ‘leave a comment’ button at the bottom of the page. If you wish to respond formally, please click on the link here to take our survey.

You can contribute to this part of the discussion until Friday 26 June at 4pm.

If any of the information above is required in large print / braille / alternative language version of the document please contact us.


Leeds City Council,
PO Box 837,
Capacity Planning and Sufficiency Team,


Manston Swarcliffe Whinmoor


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 on-going city wide school expansion programme to meet increased demand for school places.

Manston, Swarcliffe and Whinmoor are areas of the city where we are seeing an increased demand for primary school places. Data used for planning school places identifies a need for an additional 60 reception places (equivalent to up 2 forms entry) across the area by 2017.

As part of the process for identifying options and reviewing school place provision in this area, a Stakeholder Engagement Event was held on 21 October 2014. 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.

The focus of the event was on short term planning for primary school places up to 2018.  It was on the children already born and living in the area, and on new housing under construction or where construction is expected to start in the next 18 months – particularly developments at Grimes Dyke, Vickers and Optare. 

Longer term housing planned as part of the East Leeds Extension and which equates to over 7000 houses will require the equivalent of an additional four two form entry primary schools, and further events will be planned to address this in conjunction with the timeline of those developments. School place planning for these developments was not the purpose of this event.  


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 be in Leeds City Council ownership and would therefore need further investigation. Value for money, the location of the new site or existing site, impact of the proposed arrangements e.g. shift system on working parents and school staff are all issues which need to be taken into account when determining a way forward.        

  1. Expand Fieldhead Carr by 1FE, creating 30 additional places.
  2. Expand Grimes Dyke by 1FE, creating 30 additional places.
  3. Implement a temporary increase in Reception at Fieldhead Carr to accommodate up to 1FE whilst permanent expansions are being processed in the interim period.
  4. St Theresa’s to be rebuilt as a new school expanding from 2FE to 3FE
  5. Identify local developers to sponsor a new Primary School and commission it on a new site within the area(s), creating up to 2FE (60 additional places).*
  6. Open a new Primary School in an existing Council building e.g. a disused library or The East Leeds Family Learning Centre, and work with partners to commission a new Primary School on that site.*
  7. Design and implement a shift-system for participating schools to opt-in to that allows two or more institutes to share resources within one site by splitting the school day in two or more sessions.
  8. Create a through-school on the site of The John Smeaton Academy by utilising Council buildings which sit adjacent, creating additional primary places.
  9. Utilise land on the site of the Seacroft Hospital to commission a through-school which would link to Crossgates Primary School and create new primary and secondary places.
  10. Create SEN (Special Educational Needs) Provision for children with autism at Manston St James Primary Academy as either Partnership or Resource for up to 14 children.

* Both 5 and 6 would require the establishment of a new school. We would need to seek an Academy sponsor to run the school, the local authority would be required to fund the building of the school. A local existing academy provider could come forward. VA (voluntary aided schools) can be established in some circumstances.

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

Please note this consultation will close at 4pm on 14th November 2014.