Senior Councillors on the Executive Board will discuss the delivery of a temporary building for the new Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy when they meet next Wednesday (17 March 2021).
As previously reported, the school is set to open on a temporary site behind the St George’s Centre in Middleton in September this year. The school is due to operate on this site for two years while a permanent school is built on the site of the former Middleton Park High School (latterly used as offices by Leeds City Council’s Transport department).
The new 7 form entry school will create 210 secondary school places and relieve the pressure on school place in South Leeds, which saw pupils being offered places at schools on the other side of the city.
The temporary building is set to cost £6,713,261, covering two phases of construction and the reinstatement of the site as public green space. £2,587,858 will be paid by the Department for Education, with the balance of £4,125,403 coming from Leeds City Council’s Learning Places Programme.
The works programme is very tight with the contract needing to be let on 22 March to allow for completion to be reached by 30 August, just four days before the start of the autumn term on 3 September. For this reason Councillors are being asked to exempt the decision from the usual “call in” arrangements.
You can read the full report to Executive Board here.