Proposal for a new Secondary School at land off Ring Road and Acre Road, Middleton


Welcome to the public consultation page for the exciting proposals for a new secondary school with associated sports facilities at land off Ring Road and Acre Road, Middleton.

A planning application for the proposed development is due to be submitted to Leeds City Council shortly, and we are providing you with the opportunity to view and comment in advance of the submission.

The proposed development is being brought forward to meet the growing need for secondary school places in Middleton, and is being designed and constructed by the Elliott Group and funded by the Department for Education (DfE). The school will be operated by the Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust (Cockburn MAT), and will be known as Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy.

For more information on Cockburn MAT, please visit their website:

The Elliott Group and the DfE value the input of the local community in developing the vision for the school and would welcome your comments on the proposed development. Details of how to comment are provided below.

The Site

The site is located to the south of Ring Road, immediately south of Middleton Leisure Centre. The site formerly contained a complex of buildings formerly used as Leeds City Council offices, but these have since been demolished leaving a cleared site.

The site provides an ideal opportunity for the provision of a new educational facility, next to an existing residential area and in an area where there is an urgent need for additional school places. An aerial image of the site is shown below:

The Proposal

Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy will have capacity for 1,050 pupils from ages 11-16. A series of plans and computer-generated images of the proposals are provided below. In summary, the school will comprise of a three-storey C shaped school building, with associated hard and soft social areas for the users of the school. To the west, two hard-surfaced Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) courts will be provided, and to the south an existing sports pitch will be utilised for pupils with direct access provided via the school site. 

The ground floor will include the sports hall and PE studios, library and technology classrooms whilst the first and second floors will provide classrooms and teaching spaces. The sports hall and sports facilities will be made available for community use outside of school hours.

The colour palette that has been chosen for the school building will be predominantly three colours (maroon, dark grey and gold) in keeping with the school logo which will be featured above the main entrance of the building.

Vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access to the site will be available from the Ring Road to the north of the site, and from Acre Road to the west, via the existing site access points. Pedestrian and cycle links are also proposed to connect to the existing footpath network immediately to the south and east of the site. In total, 92 parking spaces will be provided including 16 visitor spaces, 6 disabled bays, 10 electric vehicle charging spaces (and another 10 with capacity for electric charging points to be installed in future). In addition, 200 long-stay pupil cycle parking spaces will be provided, as well as 20 staff and 10 short stay/visitor cycle spaces. 

The new school building will be of modular construction which delivers a number of sustainability benefits as well as significantly reducing on-site construction time and disruption when compared to traditional construction methods.

 Providing your Feedback

This project creates an opportunity to provide much needed educational facilities in Leeds and provide a permanent home for Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy and its pupils.  

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed development. Please send any comment you may have to where your comments will be logged and any queries answered.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to use a computer, please feel free to post your comments to:

DPP, One Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5HN 

We will review your comments in partnership with the design team. 

Please provide your comments by 2nd July 2021.

Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on the Leeds City Council website and there will be a further opportunity to comment. 

We look forward to receiving your comments on the proposed development. 

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Proposed Elevations – Sheet 1

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