• Lindum York has started work on a new sixth form extension for Temple Moor High School in Leeds. 
  • The work will enable the school to offer additional subjects, as well as improve the facilities and resources. 
  • Temple Moor High School and Sixth Form is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust of 14 schools across North and West Yorkshire.

Work has begun on a major expansion build for Temple Moor High School and Sixth Form, in East Leeds, which will see improved facilities and provision for a much greater number of post-16 places.

In October 2023, the school secured £2.6 million in funding from the Department of Education’s Post-16 Capacity Fund, to enable construction of a new, extended sixth form block with a view to it opening for the 2024 intake of students.

The expansion will enable the school to offer students improved, high-quality facilities and resources, including seven additional classrooms, a new study area, a dedicated ICT suite, plus a significantly enlarged common room with a servery and areas set aside as a cybercafé and socialising area. Plans also include a dedicated sixth form entrance and reception, additional post-16 office space, and a meeting room.

Work has started on the extension to the school

The work will allow for a larger yearly intake of 175 students, welcomed from Temple Moor High School and other schools across Leeds, with a total sixth form capacity of 350, plus the introduction of new courses.

When the funding was approved last year, Principal at Temple Moor High School and Sixth Form, Mr Matt West said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from the Department for Education to further develop and enhance our already successful sixth form provision.

“We believe in high academic standards and outcomes for all, supported by strong pastoral provision, and this funding is recognition of those standards and the existing strong provision we already offer.”

Temple Moor High School and Sixth Form is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust of 14 schools across North and West Yorkshire. Senior Leaders at Red Kite Learning Trust have been working closely with Mr West and his team to plan an expansion that will enhance the school’s post-16 provision and further improve the outcomes for those students who join Temple Moor Sixth Form.

Lindum Group working on the school

Lindum Group was procured by Red Kite Learning Trust, through Pagabo’s Medium Works framework, to complete the construction, fit out, and groundwork which started a few weeks ago.

Speaking about the project, John Gledhill, Lindum York Construction Manager, said: “It is fantastic to see work getting underway to create a new sixth form block, providing more opportunities for children to continue to study at their school beyond secondary education, whilst also bringing in new external students to study.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide a new facility for the school to broaden its offering to the students, helping to deliver a wider range of subjects to a greater number of students.”

Director of Estates for Red Kite Learning Trust, Sam Shuttleworth, was on site to witness the steel work being installed. She said: “After months of meticulous planning and groundwork, witnessing the construction work commence is really exciting.

“This expansion reflects our commitment to providing not just classrooms, but environments that foster growth, innovation, and opportunity for every student. We’re proud to embark on this journey alongside our partners, Lindum Group, and look forward to see the transformation this project will bring to our students and community.”

More information about Temple Moor Sixth Form can be found here.