Opening of new school in Leeds hailed as ‘key milestone’ for youngsters

Mark Wilson.
Mark Wilson.
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A new purpose-built school has opened its doors in Leeds for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Springwell Leeds South in Middleton offers facilities described as “state of the art” for 100 pupils aged 11 to 16.

It is part of Springwell Leeds Academy, which also includes schools in Seacroft and Oakwood.

A fourth site will open in Tinshill in September.

The new schools are the result of a £45m link-up between Leeds City Council and the Wellspring Academy Trust.

Trust chief executive Mark Wilson said: “These new schools provide a welcoming, caring, safe, and warm environment where children can be supported and empowered to succeed.

“The dedicated staff at Springwell Leeds Academy have developed a curriculum that provides opportunities for academic progression as well as vocational learning, whilst being engaging, creative, and innovative.”

Steve Walker, director of children and families at the council, hailed the opening of Springwell Leeds South as a “key milestone”.

Together the four schools will cater for 340 pupils with special educational needs.

Their facilities include sensory rooms, 3G sports pitches and even an agricultural outdoor space complete with chickens.