East Leeds: Headteacher apppointed for new through-age free school

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A PLANNED NEW through-age free school which could provide more than 1,000 new places has appointed a new head teacher.

The Temple Learning Academy aims to open to primary school pupils next year and to 11-years from 2016 to provide places in the east of Leeds.

It has announced that it has appointed Matthew Browne, as the principal of the proposed free school’s primary phase.

He is joining the Temple Learning Academy from Austhorpe Primary School where he has spent five years as a deputy head and more recently as an acting head teacher.

Mr Browne is a past winner of the primary school teacher of the year for the North of England.

He said: “The ethos and vision of Temple Learning Academy is something I identify strongly with.

“The ability to be involved with such a dynamic education and community project really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the children, parents, teaching staff and other members of the community to deliver outstanding education and enrichment to all.”

He will begin his role in January and be responsible for delivering an education plan for the primary phase of the free school which aims to open in 2015.

A separate secondary phase will also be appointed at a later date.

The free school is being planned by Temple Newsam Learning Partnership Trust – a group of existing schools in the east of the city.

Martin Fleetwood, the principal at Temple Moor High School, who will also lead the planned new academy, said that all schools in the trust in east Leeds were oversubscribed.

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