Monday, 4 October 2010


I attended the official sod-turning ceremony at Farnley Park Maths and Computing College this afternoon...

Young people from Farnley Park, Lawns Park Primary School and the West SILC carried out the ceremony to mark the start of this fantastic £23 million building project. We were joined by John Townsley, our consultant headteacher, Robert Greaves, the chair of the school's governing body, Cllr Judith Blake, deputy leader of Leeds City Council and executive board member for children's services and the three ward councillors; Cllr Ann Blackburn, Cllr David Blackburn and Cllr John Hardy. Colleagues from the LEP, Interserve, Education Leeds and the schools also joined us as we celebrated achieving this first step which will see the school's new facilities being completed in July 2012.

The school has been through a very challenging period following the tragic death of Bill Pullen,the previous headteacher, whose passion and vision had been shaping the new school. After the school's brilliant GCSE results this Summer we can look forward to the school now going from strength to strength as it's new buildings are constructed through our wonderful Building Schools for the Future programme.

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