Application for new free school to be opened in south Leeds

The Cockburn Multi Academy Trust has submitted an application to open a new free school in Leeds.

Monday, 3rd October 2016, 3:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:32 pm
David Gurney, head of Cockburn School in Beeston. (D511G441)
David Gurney, head of Cockburn School in Beeston. (D511G441)

It would create a minimum of 900 places in the inner south area of the city.

If the bid is approved by the Department for Education, the school would open in September 2018.

David Gurney, Headteacher of Cockburn School in Beeston, said: “Opening this free school would be a major step towards ensuring that there are enough excellent secondary school places in south Leeds.”

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But details about where the school would be located has not yet been released.

The Trust said it would address the need for more secondary school places in the inner south area of Leeds.

It would be called the The Laurence Calvert Academy after a former Cockburn School pupil who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in 1918.

The school would open 100 years after Sergeant Calvert received his award, which he was given after he rushed a German machine gun post.