Proposals revealed for brand new £9m college

Plans have been unveiled to create a new £9m sixth form college in Pudsey.

The proposals have been brought forward by Leeds Sixth Form College, a member of Luminate Education Group, in partnership with Crawshaw Academy, Co-op Academy Priesthorpe, and Leeds West Academy.

Located on a currently unused site within the grounds of Crawshaw Academy, Pudsey Sixth Form College would include 26 classrooms and offer local young people access to cutting-edge equipment and facilities, including science laboratories, art and design studios, drama and theatre performance spaces and practical rooms.

Up to 600 students will benefit from specialist teachers who will offer up to 26 different subjects, including A Levels and BTEC applied qualifications.

It is anticipated that by 2030, the number of 16-18-year olds attending post-16 provision in the Leeds region will have increased by approximately 20%, placing additional capacity restraints on existing education facilities.

The creation of Pudsey Sixth Form College would help meet this demand and ensure local young people can access the highest standards of education provision in their local area.

The proposed sixth form college would serve students moving on from local schools and academies, namely Crawshaw Academy, Co-op Academy Priesthorpe and Leeds West Academy.

Should the development receive planning permission, it is anticipated the sixth form would open its doors in September 2023.

Bill Jones, deputy CEO at Luminate Education Group, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing forward these ambitious and much-needed plans which would benefit young people in Pudsey and throughout nearby communities.

“Our hope is to provide 16 to 18-year olds with a modern learning environment, which delivers outstanding results and supports the transition of students from school to higher education or employment.

“As well as enjoying access to high quality facilities, students would have the chance to study a much broader curriculum, opening the door to career opportunities and other experiences.

“By investing in education provisions in Pudsey, we will not only ensure young people have additional learning opportunities locally, but we will also help to create additional space for the growing number of 16 to 18-year olds in Leeds over the next decade.

“We are eager to ensure the local community is at the heart of our plans and would welcome all feedback during this consultation phase.”

A public consultation will run until 2 August 2021. Members of the community can learn more about the plans and provide their feedback, by visiting: www.pudseysixthformcollege.ac.uk

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