New £5 million Leeds primary school could open next year

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A new £5m primary school is set to be built in Leeds in an effort to tackle a school places shortage in the city.

The 420-place school, subject to planning approval and public consultation, will be located in Middleton on a currently undeveloped plot at Acre Mount.

The planning proposal for Elements Primary School is expected to go before the council’s planning committee shortly, with the school set to open in September 2018.

Admissions through Leeds City Council are now open to children of reception age in September 2018 and close mid January 2018.

The new school forms part of a wider £50m school building partnership programme between Wellspring Academy Trust and Leeds City Council.

The trust operates 15 schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Sarah Horsbrough has been appointed by the trust as the founding principal at Elements. Her most recent appointment was as an executive headteacher at two Bradford schools.

She said: “I look forward to welcoming our first cohort of children into Elements in September 2018, I cannot wait to get started on this amazing opportunity for the area and for the city.”

Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families at Leeds City Council, added: “We’re pleased to be able to provide these much needed school places for children in Middleton through the free school partnership with Wellspring.

Mark Wilson, Wellspring Academy Trust chief executive officer, said the school will have “the newest technologies that will inspire our learners and help prepare them for life”.

He said: “Elements will be a source of pride for its community.”