New £6m Leeds primary school opens today after four years in development

A new £6m Leeds primary school has opened today - after four years in development.

By Daniel Sheridan
Monday, 7th September 2020, 11:45 am

Elements Primary School, Middleton, has opened its doors to pupils in a brand new vibrant building this morning.

Built by the Department for Education with its partner the Wellspring Academy Trust, Elements occupies a 3.7 acres site and cost in the region of £6million to build.

Elements is the fourth new school in Leeds that Wellspring has partnered in.

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Elements Primary School’s vibrant new building

The other three are Springwell Special Schools in the North, South and East of the city.

Wellspring has built a further four new schools around the country and has another three in the pipeline with the Department for Education.

Founding Principal Sarah Horsbrough said: "Being given the opportunity to create a school from scratch in this community has been such a privilege and I am immensely proud of the whole Trust and school team.

"We wanted our children to be able to learn in a vibrant, engaging and beautiful space and now they can.

"They deserve nothing less."

Mark Wilson, Trust Chief Executive, said: “Elements is a wonderful environment for the community, for its children, parents and staff. It is one that we have had to fight incredibly hard for, and testament must be paid to Head teacher Sarah Horsborough for her dogged determination, vision and sheer willpower. As a local lass, Sarah has created a very special legacy for her community.”

Elements will welcome Reception and Years One and Two through its doors this week after two full school years operating out of portacabins on the same site.

The school will also host Wellspring’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub which trains new entrants into the teaching profession.

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