New Leeds school set to ‘transform’ city education

NEW ERA: Primary principal Justine Oldham, (front) with staff and pupils celebrating the opening of their new school.
NEW ERA: Primary principal Justine Oldham, (front) with staff and pupils celebrating the opening of their new school.
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A new school set to “transform education” in an area of Leeds has opened its doors to its first reception class.

Dixons Trinity Chapeltown launched its primary yesterday, marking the first phase of the all-through school, which will open its secondary site with a Year 7 intake next year.

Primary principal Justine Oldham

Primary principal Justine Oldham

Serving the Chapeltown and Harehills communities, the school will modelled on the outstanding’ Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford.

It will help to tackle the shortage of school places in the North East of the city and will work towards closing the education gap between pupils in poorer and more affluent areas.

Speaking at the launch yesterday, Justine Oldham, principal of primary, said: “We have a full cohort of 30 children starting today and next year we will have another 60 starting in reception and 112 in Year 7, so a secondary school will also open. It will fulfill the need for another school and will also transform education in the area, as we will be setting standards really high. We want to ensure children get the same, if not better, type of education no matter where they live.”

The school will initially house pupils in temporary accomodation, before moving into permanent buildings on opposite sides of Barrack Road. It will be run by the Dixons Academies Trust, which runs eight schools in Bradford.

Luke Sparkes, executive principal of Dixons Trinity Academy, said: “As one of the highest performing free schools in the country, we have very high expectations of each and every student and encourage them to articulate what impression they want to leave on the world. It’s a ‘no excuses’ culture that has created a happy, popular school where students achieve great things. We’re looking forward to bringing the same approach to Dixons Trinity Chapeltown.” A number of open days are taking place. The next primary event is on October 12 at 9am, with a secondary event on October 4 at 5,6 and 7pm.

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