Final seal of approval for inner city Leeds academy

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AN inner city Leeds school has officially become an academy.

City of Leeds School in Woodhouse has been signed over by Leeds City Council to the new White Rose Academies Trust, which was created by Leeds City College. The school, in its new guise, will be known as Leeds City Academy.

The Department for Education had already approved the conversion.

And a new report just signed off by the council says: “The Director of City Development has given approval to the disposal of the City of Leeds School site to White Rose Academies Trust to run it as an academy school on a 125 year lease at nil consideration.”

Last year, the school had just over a quarter of its pupils achieve the national benchmark of five good GCSEs, including English and maths - the lowest score of any state school in the city.

The YEP reported earlier this year that the school, with children from more than 50 different nations, was to teach all of its pupils English as a foreign language in a radical attempt to improve standards.

Head teacher Georgina Sale said at the time the school was having to “rethink the way we do things”. She said it was unfair to expect the school to reach national averages when so many pupils were new to the language, and she had made her support for the school becoming an academy very clear.

Writing on her headteacher’s blog on the school’s website, she said: “I am still hoping that we shall convert into an Academy at any minute now.

“There have been some delays caused by questions over property and land which are now coming to a close. The children have chosen the new name: Leeds City Academy.”

The White Rose Academies Trust has also been in advance talks to take over the running of Leeds West and East Academies, which were among 10 schools left without a sponsor after national chain E-ACT pulled out amid concerns about its performance.

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