My Morley Observer Column

It’s been back to school this week for children across Morley. I always really enjoy our summer with the kids, but like many parents, it’s always a bit of a relief when school starts again.

At Morley Newlands it’s been an exciting time with diggers and cranes hard at work on the school site all summer. It won’t be long before the brand new school starts to emerge. The new and expanded school should be welcoming children through its doors next autumn. Having good buildings and spaces in which to learn is so important and makes a real difference to children’s learning. I can’t wait to see our new Morley school.

But despite the new expanded Newlands school, this year there’s a real shortage of primary school places and some local children are having to travel quite a long way to get to their primary school. Since this year’s places were announced many parents have contacted me as their appeals are heard. Morley schools are under huge pressure and despite the best efforts of headteachers and staff, there just aren’t enough local places.

I’ve met regularly with officers at Leeds City Council to raise my concerns about the need for more school places. Council budgets are under huge pressure and they don’t have the money to expand local schools. But it can’t be right for Morley parents to see housing developers clammering to build new homes locally but without enough school provision to match it.

I’ll continue to bang the drum for Morley schools and to ensure our town gets the school places local children and their parents need and deserve. Anyone who’s directly affected should get in touch with my office: 0113 253 9466 or email

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Posted September 4th, 2013 by Ed's team