Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a free school academy?
Free school academies are independent, state-funded schools.

Will free schools be able to make a profit?
No. Free schools can only be set up and owned by charities. The school will be run by the Co-Principals and their leadership team and they will be answerable to a Board of Governors.

Why did you open with only Reception classes?
Admissions to the school are always taking place as there is constant demand for places. East Leeds is a growing part of the city and this school is sorely needed to meet basic need for places. We believe that we can meet that need with a great school. We started in 2015 with only Reception aged pupils as this is where the greatest need was at the time. In 2017 Year 7 pupils started and we will grow year by year taking on more classes e.g.

2015 – Rec

2016 – Rec, Year 1

2017 – Rec, Year 1, Year 2, Year 7

2018 – Rec, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 7, Year 8

Are free schools selective?
No. Free schools have to follow the new admissions code like all state-funded schools.

Where will the school be situated?
Our home is located on the site of the former East Leeds Leisure centre, situated in the heart of Halton Moor, the community it will serve. This has been our preferred site from the outset. Our multi-million pound learning environment offers high quality, flexible accommodation across three floors with an exterior space suitable for Reception to Year 11.

If Temple Learning Academy opens will that mean less money for the other schools in the area?
No. Funding for free schools will be equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

Will Temple learning Academy be inspected by Ofsted?
Yes. All free schools are subject to inspection in the same way as other academy category schools. There was a pre-registration Ofsted inspection to ensure that our school was completely ready to provide a high-quality education, in a safe environment. An Ofsted inspection will then take place within our third years of opening. We also are monitored closely by the DfE (Department for Education) and the RSC (Regional School Commissioner).

Have you chosen a Head for Temple Learning Academy?
Yes. We have two Head Teachers which we call Co-Principal, Matthew Browne and Richard Hadfield. They will work as Co-Principals overseeing everything at the academy and jointly responsible for every year group.

How will the school be accountable?
The school will be run by a Board of Governors or Trustees who will be accountable to the charitable trust which oversees the school. In addition the school will also be accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.

Will there be nursery provision at the school?
At the moment we have no nursery provision. Once the final build is complete this is an area we would reconsider. We recognise there is a growing need for nursery places in the area however we don’t want to open one that would result in the closure of another. When demand is high enough we will put plans inplace. We will keep everyone updated through our newsletter.

What is the admissions policy?
Places will be offered to those living closest to the school, measured in a straight line distance from the school. Our full admissions policy is available in the policies section of our website.

How can I apply for a place?
Take a look at the admissions section of the website with all the information and forms you need. We look forward to hearing from you.

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