Leeds: Education bosses blasted over plan to end single-sex schools

Parents have blasted education bosses over the future of Leeds's only state-funded girls school, claiming they have already decided to close it down.

A heated public meeting heard from scores of parents and students who are against the potential closure of Parklands Girls High School, Seacroft.

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Ros Vahey, deputy chief executive of Education Leeds, emphasised the

consultation was about the future of girls-only education in Leeds and not specifically about Parklands.

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Many parents said they believed the decision to close the school had already been taken and claimed that Parklands, along with Primrose High and City of Leeds, could be closed and replaced with two academies and a "hub" for 14 to 18-year-olds.

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The three schools are earmarked for closure as part of the education authority's aim to meet the government's National Challenge, which Parklands passed.

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Parents, staff, pupils and the community were given the chance to have their say at the first public meeting held on the issue of girls-only schooling. A further eight meetings are being held.

Speaking before the meeting, parent governor Lisa Evans whose daughter goes to Parklands, said: "Education Leeds has made its mind up."

Year 12 pupil Arfana Kauser, 16, of Harehills, said: "The school teaches us to be strong independent women who are going to be successful in the future. I think it's important it's not mixed."

For more information visit www.educationleeds.co.uk/schoolorganisation.

A further meeting specifically about Parklands Girls High School will be held on February 23.

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