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Five schools to be closed

Education officials in Leeds are set to close five high schools and open four primary schools as part of a city-wide shake-up.

The latest proposals under the controversial high school and primary school reviews will be put before the council's Executive Board on Wednesday 14 May.

Education Leeds, which is responsible for school services, says the reforms are vital to cut the number of surplus places in the city.

But parents, staff and pupils have all expressed objections to the proposals during the consultation process.

Braim Wood Boys School in Oakwood and Agnes Stewart Church of England School in Burmantofts will be closed and pupils merged into a Young People's Academy from September 2006.

Matthew Murray High School in Holbeck and South Leeds Arts College at Merlyn Rees in Belle Isle will close and form a new school on the site of South Leeds stadium from September 2005.

Sixth form

City of Leeds School in Woodhouse will close and possibly reopen as a Young People's College for 14-19 year olds from September 2006.

Primrose High School in Burmantofts will be rebuilt using private funds on the site of Shakespeare Primary School by September 2006.

Carr Manor High School in Meanwood will lose its sixth form but gain extra buildings ready for September 2006.

On the primary school front, Drighlington infant and junior schools will merge into a new primary from September 2004.

New primaries

The same will happen to Blackgates infants and junior schools in Morley, ready for September 2004.

Osmondthorpe and Whitebridge primary schools will merge from September 2004.

Waterloo infant and junior schools in Pudsey will amalgamate from September 2004.

Asket Hill Primary School in Seacroft will close in July 2004. Grange Farm Primary School will increase its intake.

Officers have recommended that the proposals be approved by councillors next week.




SEE ALSO:
Secondary schools face the axe
05 Mar 03  |  England
Fears over 'superschool' plans
13 Jan 03  |  England


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