East Leeds school place plans approved

Temple Learning Academy head Matthew Browne.
Temple Learning Academy head Matthew Browne.
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Plans to create more than 1,000 new school places in Leeds have been approved.

The Temple Learning Academy, in Halton Moor, has already opened to primary pupils and is set to open its doors to secondary school children from next year.

The new school, which will be built on the site of the former East Leeds Leisure Centre, is expected to offer 1,020 places at full capacity by 2021.

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Although councillors have welcomed the scheme, concerns were raised about the impact of traffic in the area and whether the school would be big enough for pupils.

The scheme was approved at Leeds City Council’s North and East Plans Panel yesterday.

During the meeting councillor Ronald Grahame expressed concerns about the loss of the leisure centre.

Coun Grahame (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, Lab) said: “This leisure centre is needed in that area.

“It is certainly not the community’s view that they want the leisure centre removed.”

The proposals were given the go ahead on the condition a traffic report is submitted.

More information should also be provided about how it the facility would benefit the local community. Temple Learning Academy is the latest free school to open in the city.

The YEP earlier reported that following a decade of rising birth rates the city could see the numbers starting primary school reach a peak of more than 10,000 next September. And education chiefs believe they will need to create an extra four secondary schools over the next three years.

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