New school planned for former Merlyn Rees site

A new school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) issues is being planned for the former Merlyn Rees High School site off Belle Isle Road.

Artist's impression of the new school building
Artist’s impression of the new school building

A planning application is due to be submitted soon for the 100 place school and adjoining community sports facilities.

A drop in session is to be held at South Leeds Youth Hub on Saturday 2 July between 10am -12pm. This will be an opportunity for parents, carers and residents to talk to view the plans for the new building and talk to the design team.

If you are unable to attend the session comments can be made by emailing:

Leeds City Council has agreed plans to transfer the behavioural Special Inclusive Learning Centre (SILC) at Elmete in East Leeds, after it was judged to be ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted last year.

The Wellspring Academy chain, who are specialists in this field, has been selected to take over the school. It will extend its offer over three sites to make it more accessible to families across the city.

Merlyn Rees High School closed in 2006 after it merged with Matthew Murray High School to form South Leeds High School (now Academy). The South Leeds Youth Hub was built on part of the site using a Lottery grant, but much of the site has remained vacant.

As well as the Wellspring Academy building it is proposed to develop sports facilities on the site which can be used by young people from across the community. It is understood that the new school will not impact on Broomfield South SILC nearby which caters for children with different needs.