Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds schools in £47m improvement plan

Six primary schools and one secondary school are in line for major improvements if £47m of funding is approved by Leeds City Council.

Education Leeds has proposed to build new schools at Swillington, SS Peter and Paul in Yeadon and Richmond Hill primary schools.

Extension and refurbishment works are planned for Gildersome, Greenhill and Oulton primaries.

Improvements are also planned for the Corpus Christi Catholic College.

It is proposed a total of £14m of funding for the college's improvements will be obtained through the city's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The council said a total of £33,125,500 of the costs for the improvements at the six primary schools would come from government grants.

'Modern, future-proof'

It said that as SS Peter and Paul in Yeadon was a voluntary aided school there was a requirement that the school governors contributed 10% of the funding towards the scheme, which will be met by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds.

Councillor Jane Dowson, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said: "These seven schools will be transformed into modern, future-proof learning environments which will help to provide a great education to many generations of children.

"In Leeds we are committed to improving our schools and will continue to look for as many ways as possible to invest in our children and young people's future."

The proposals will be heard by Leeds City Council's executive board on Wednesday 25 August.

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