YEP Says, October 24: Is it time to build a new swimming pool in the heart of the city?

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...and why are city’s students at the bottom of the class?

LEEDS has come a long way in a short period of time in terms of its arts, culture and leisure scene.

Big schemes such as the building of the Leeds Arena have grabbed the headlines, but existing venues and the growth of grassroot groups have also played their part in helping the city move up a league.

That picture is borne out by the results of our Voice of Leeds survey. The first of its kind, it’s giving YEP readers a chance to have their say on life in the city.

But while nearly 70 per cent of respondents say the city’s arts and cultural offerings are either good or excellent, a third reckon Leeds is not well served in terms of sports facilities for people to participate in.

This perception actually runs contrary to a recent national survey that named Leeds as the most active big city in the country, but it does not mean that people are wrong to feel that way or that there isn’t still scope for improvement.

It could, for instance, be a legacy of the council’s move away from more local sports facilities in favour of larger centres serving a wider area, which do not suit everyone.

One idea that certainly has merit is the popular suggestion that Leeds should have more facilities in the city centre, such as a swimming pool. This could kill two birds with one stone – both encouraging more people into the heart of Leeds and moving us a step closer to the ambition of being a child-friendly city.

Why are city’s students bottom of the class?

AT a time of change in the exams system, this year’s GCSE results were widely predicted to bear the brunt.

Yet that does not fully explain why an analysis of the results shows Yorkshire students finished bottom of the class nationally when it came to scoring the top grades.

Leeds fared worse than most – with just half of pupils attaining A to C grades compared to a Yorkshire-wide figure of 53 per cent.

Is it down to the quality of teaching? A lack of parental involvement? Whatever the cause, answers must be found to ensure that the city’s students don’t continue to lag behind the rest of the country,