Free school set to open in Leeds

Staff at Temple Learning Academy in Leeds.

Staff at Temple Learning Academy in Leeds.

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When reception class pupils walk through the door for the start of the new academic year at the Temple Learning Academy it will not only be a first for them but for the entire school.

The new through-age free school opens its doors for the first time this month.

The east Leeds school has been developed by a partnership of existing schools in the city to meet the need for more places in the area.

And it is the first through age free school to open in Leeds.

This year the first reception pupils will join and from next year the school will recruit both reception pupils for its primary phase and year seven pupils for its secondary phase.

For primary principal Matthew Browne it is a chance to start a school from scratch.

He said: “I started in January and I think now we are at the point where we are about to open we just can’t believe we have got here.

“We have been able to appoint a really good staff.

“I think the chance to be able to start a school from the beginning is just not something which comes around very often.”

He said it was exciting for pupils and their parents to not only be starting school but to be the first ever pupils through the door.

He added: “The vision in the long term is to open a nursery too so our pupils will be with the school from the age of two or three through to the age of 16.”

When full the school will have more than 1,000 pupils.

Mr Browne said it would be split into four phases, which would help pupils to move through their education without having a big change at the end of primary school.

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