Chance to have say on future of girls' school

PARENTS fighting to save Leeds's only state-funded girls school are being urged to make their views known.

Public consultation about the future of Parklands Girls' High in Seacroft will take place from today. Education Leeds wants to turn it into a co-educational academy.

Nine events will take place across the city to give everyone a chance to have their say on the proposals.

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Anyone who feels strongly that the school should be retained should respond to the consultation by Friday, March 5.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for education at Leeds City Council, said:"This will be one of the biggest education consultations the city has ever seen and I encourage everyone who has an opinion to make sure they take part.

"This is an important opportunity for the whole city to comment on the proposals and help influence what decision is made."

Education Leeds chief executive Chris Edwards said: "This consultation will run alongside discussions on the future of City of Leeds, Parklands Girls' High School and Primrose High.

"It will be thorough and provide an opportunity for people to make their views known."

He added: "We will welcome all views so that we can present a complete picture to the council's executive board to make a final decision."

The nine public meetings will be held as follows: East: Parklands Girls' High School, 7pm today; west: Pudsey Civic Hall, 7pm, Wednesday; south: South Leeds Academy, 7pm, Tuesday January 26; city centre: Civic Hall, noon and 7pm, Wednesday January 27; north east (outer): Boston Spa School, 7pm, Monday, February 1; Morley: Bruntcliffe High School, 7pm, Thursday, February 4; north west: Lawnswood School, 7pm, Monday, February 8; north east: Allerton High School, 7pm, Tuesday, February 9.

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