Decision details

Outcome of consultation and request to approve funding to permanently increase learning places at Leeds West Academy from September 2022

Reference: D52080

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Outcome of consultation and request to approve funding to permanently increase learning places at Leeds West Academy from September 2022.


The Director of Children and Families submitted a report which presented details of a proposal brought forward to meet the Local Authority’s duty to ensure a sufficiency of school places. Specifically, this report described the outcome of a consultation exercise which had been undertaken regarding a proposal to expand secondary school provision at Leeds West Academy and which sought a decision to fund the delivery of a scheme to create the additional learning places required.



(a)  That the outcome of the consultation process undertaken on the proposal to permanently expand Leeds West Academy from a capacity of 1200 to 1500 students by increasing the admission number in year 7 from 240 to 300, with effect from September 2022, be noted;


(b)  That provisional approval for the authority to spend (ATS) £5.269m to deliver the proposed permanent expansion at Leeds West Academy be granted, with it being noted that early feasibility indicates the final cost is likely to be lower than this amount;


(c)  That it be noted that the implementation of this proposal is subject to funding being agreed based upon the outcome of further detailed design work and planning applications, as indicated at section 4.4 of the submitted report, with it also being noted that this proposal has been brought forward in time for places to be delivered for 2022;


(d)  That it be noted that the responsible officer for the implementation of the Capital budget is the Head of Learning Systems;


(e)  That it be noted that the White Rose Academies Trustees intend to self-deliver the build scheme.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Bramley and Stanningley;

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Learning, Skills & Employment

Other reasons / organisations consulted

As prescribed by: The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013; updated statutory guidance 2016 and Education Act 2011.



Parents, staff, Trustees and school council of Leeds West Academy, HTs of neighbouring schools, prospective parents via primary schools and Early Years providers, local residents, ward members, Dioceses, MP and other relevant stakeholders.

Contact: Vivienne Buckland, Head of Learning Systems 0113 37 83588 Email:

Report author: Vivienne Buckland

Publication date: 03/07/2020

Date of decision: 24/06/2020

Decided at meeting: 24/06/2020 - Executive Board

Effective from: 04/07/2020

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