Official opening for new Leeds academy

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A NEW co-operative academy in Leeds will be officially opened this week with the group’s chief executive going back to the shop floor to serve pupils.

The new Nightingale Primary Academy, in Harehills, opened in September to provide extra places in the North of the city.

As part of the opening celebration on Thursday Co-operative boss Richard Pennycook will call in at a pretend Co-op store which has been set up in the school.

Mr Pennycook said: “This new school is an important community asset for the people of Harehills .

“I am convinced it will have a very positive impact on all the pupils.

“I am very proud of what the Co-operative Academies Trust is doing and how our five schools in the city are working together to deliver the highest standards of education based on co-operative values and principles.”

The new academy joins three other Co-operative primaries in east Leeds - Oakwood School in Gipton, Woodlands in Harehills, and Brownhill in Burmantofts – and the large secondary Academy, The Co-operative Academy of Leeds.

Jonny Mitchell, the head teacher made famous by Educating Yorkshire television series at Dewsbury’s Thornhill Community Academy is set to officially take over at the Co-operative Academy of Leeds in September.