Secondary school education - your views sought
1 Mar 18
The views of East Keswick residents are sought in a survey about the future of secondary state schooling in the area.
Boston Spa School has applied to become an academy sponsored by The Gorse Multiacademy Trust. They say that decision to come out of local authority control is being driven in part by what they feel is a hidden agenda by Leeds to close the school and leave Wetherby High - which they see as inferior - as the only prime state secondary for the village.
Leeds City Council wants Boston's academy application delayed while it consults with the local community. It has been given until March 26th to run a consultation and survey which you can reach here which provides interested parties with the opportunity to share their views on how secondary school places in the area should be organised, can also be found on the same webpage.
The Leeds website also contains background information on falling numbers and other data which supports their case why there is only room for Boston or Wetherby High but not both. Both schools sit on valuable building land whose sale might be used to invest improved facilities in the chosen school.
If you're the parent of a primary age child concerned about future school options, a present or former pupil at either school, or parent of a former pupil, or simply an interested villager, this is your opportunity to make your views known.