A newly formed Leeds Academy Trust is battling five other bidders to win the right to operate a school which hasn’t been built yet.
Earlier this year, Leeds City Council invited bids from organisations to run a proposed new primary school at Florence Street, Harehills, which is earmarked to open in September 2013.
Council chiefs are seeking to increase primary school places around the city.
Parents got the chance to hear proposals from some of the six organisations bidding to run the schools at a public meeting held on July 17 at Shine Business Centre in Harehills.
Two Leeds schools have joined forces to form a new Academy Trust that hopes to win public support to run the new Florence Street school.
The David Young Community Academy opened its doors to students from Seacroft and Gipton in September 2006.
Now the academy has joined forces with Cross Gates Primary School and Manston St James, which also has academy status, to create The LEAF Academy Trust.
LEAF – which stands for Love, Enterprise, Aspiration and Faith – has placed a formal bid to operate the new primary school on Florence Street.
Five other bids have also been submitted to Leeds City Council.
Ros McMullen - principal of The David Young Academy and chief executive officer of The LEAF Academy Trust, said: “The David Young Community Academy is a success story for local people and for the young people of Seacroft and Gipton. We believe we can recreate this success story in other communities in Leeds as we understand them. “
She added: “We are not a national operation and therefore intend to do things very well on a smaller scale.”
Other bidders hoping to run the Florence Street school are: The Academies Enterprise Trust of Hockley, Essex; THe Co-operative Academies Trust sponsored by he C0-operative Group; Lilac Sky Schools of Great Notley, Cambridge; Leeds Muslim College of Gipton and Rainbow Schools Trust of Bradford.