Plans for new Leeds free school move a step closer

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A new through age free school which will provide 1,000 new places has moved a step closer to becoming a reality after a deal was agreed for it to be built on a sports centre site in Leeds.

The Temple Learning Academy is set to open for reception children this September and a secondary phase of the school will open in 2016 with year seven pupils joining.

It is being set up by Temple Newsam Learning Partnership Trust - a group of existing schools in the east of the city.

It has already had final approval from the Department for Education with its funding agreement signed off.

Now the trust has announced that it has secured use of a former leisure centre site in east Leeds, with the land being transferred from the council. Work is set to get underway on designing and building the primary phase of the school.

A statement on school’s website said: “Tim Kitching, the chairman of governors, has signed the final contract which exchanges the land to our academy Trust. This means we can now start to progress with developing the building.

“The team are meeting with contractors and architects at the start of June to discuss provision for September and the design of the new school.”

The school’s first cohort of 60 pupils will be starting in September.

It will then take on another 60 reception children each year. From next year it will also take on 120 year seven pupils for its secondary phase.

Martin Fleetwood, the principal at the existing Temple Moor High School, has been leading the planned new academy,

He has previously told the YEP that the plan for the Temple Learning Academy had been developed as all of the partnerships’ schools in the trust in east Leeds were already oversubscribed.

Planned housing developments in Seacroft and Thorpe Park are also expected to increase demand for places.