What is Pudsey Sixth Form College?
Pudsey Sixth Form College is a partnership between Crawshaw Academy, Co-op Academy Priesthorpe, Leeds West Academy and Leeds Sixth Form College. It will be a high quality, aspirational and inclusive sixth form college that broadens the post-16 learning options in the area.
When will it be open?
We would like to build the new sixth form in the very near future, so that students can enjoy its benefits. As with any new building, we need to go through the right process, and we intend to submit a planning application to Leeds City Council in Summer 2022. Once we receive planning permission, we will be in a position to move forward with our plans and set out timescales for opening.
How do I express my interest in enrolling?
We remain in an early stage of the development. Should planning permission be granted, more information on enrolment will become available at a later date.
How do I have my say regarding the planning application?
Ahead of submitting our planning application, we consulted with members of the public for a period of six weeks (20 June – 8 August) and have gathered feedback.
Once we have submitted our planning application with the local planning authority, there will be an additional public consultation period, details of which can be accessed via the council’s planning portal.
What has changed from the plans you shared in 2021?
Following our initial round of consultation in 2021, we have made some improvements to our plans. These relate to reducing the size, height and footprint of the proposed building; moving the building further away from neighbouring houses; making significant improvements to parking provision by providing parking nearer to Crawshaw Academy; and providing enhanced screening/landscaping to the south of the site.
Is this the final design?
Following our initial round of consultation, we believe these new designs take on board much of the feedback that was provided. We will continue to work with our architects, but we will retain these improvements in the designs we submit in our planning application.
Is the land allocated as playing fields?
The land we propose building on is currently unused. It was used as playing fields intermittently until 2008. Regular use ended in 2003 with use during the summer seasons of 2007 and 2008. The ground experiences poor drainage therefore all sports use was eventually aborted. It is allocated as playing fields with the wider useable sports fields. It is confirmed that the existing useable pitches will remain. There is also ample sports provision within the community including resurfacing of Crawshaw Academy’s artificial pitch in 2018. It would require a significant amount of work to bring the site back into a useful state (by dealing with drainage/landscaping issues for example) and we believe that the best way of doing that is by providing a great post-16 learning environment. We are working with all relevant bodies to bring these plans forward.
How do I have my say?
We are now consulting with members of the public, for a period of six weeks, running from 20 June until 31 July. We would encourage you to have your say, by clicking on this link.
Once we have submitted our planning application with the local planning authority, there will be an additional public consultation period, which can be accessed via the council’s planning portal.
Why is a new sixth form needed in Pudsey?
The creation of a new purpose-built sixth form will provide cutting-edge facilities and a broad curriculum offer, delivered by experts in post-16 teaching. A high quality sixth form with a range of A level and practical courses will strengthen what already exists in terms of post-16 learning opportunities in Pudsey.
What subjects will be available at the new sixth form?
This is still currently being devised but we aim to ensure that A level and AS level qualifications will be offered, including BTECs. Other qualifications, such as T Levels, will also be part of the programme. The following departments have been proposed but are not limited to: Business, Creative subjects, Humanities & Language, Maths & Sciences and Social Science.
Where will the new building be located?
The building will be located on currently unused land to the south east of Crawshaw Academy in Pudsey.
How many students and staff will be using the building?
As a sixth form, the building will be used in a different way to a school, meaning that students will be using the site at different times of day – not all at once. Overall, the number of students benefitting in one academic year could be around 600, with up to 40 associated members of staff.
What will the building look like and what will be the layout?
The latest proposals are laid out on our Proposals page. We have simplified the proposed designs from our original consultation, in relation to both size and positioning. The scheme will be developed using materials that are sensitive to the nearby built landscape.
Is there sufficient parking on-site?
Following our initial round of consultation, we have greatly reduced the amount of parking to the south of the building. Staff parking will be provided at (and accessed via) Crawshaw Academy, whilst students will be encouraged to use public transport and modes of active travel. The college will have a green travel policy which will promote staff and students to travel by non-car modes including by foot, bicycle and bus.
Will this project mean more traffic on local roads?
Ahead of submitting a planning application to the council, we will be undertaking a full traffic assessment. It is our experience that the majority of existing sixth form students don’t own a car and we are making provisions to support active travel (cycling and walking). Once plans are agreed, we will also work with public transport providers to ensure a good service to the campus. In response to concerns raised by residents during the last consultation, we have moved staff parking nearer to the existing Crawshaw Academy site, with access from the existing entrance. In this way, we will aim to keep vehicle movements on Kent Road to a minimum.
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