City of Leeds School is a mixed comprehensive school in Woodhouse and is a partner in the Central Leeds Learning Federation.
The school is strongly multi-cultural and a variety of nationalities are represented amongst its pupils.
The present building was opened to pupils in 1992, although the City of Leeds School has existed on a different site for over 100 years.
At City of Leeds School we seek to promote learning as an exciting, independent and life long activity. We work to broaden horizons and develop aspirations.
Students are encouraged to excel academically, physically, artistically, creatively and emotionally.
As part of the Central Leeds Learning Federation we are able to provide a curriculum that motivates, and meets the individual needs of our students.
We are a thoroughly inclusive school that provides equality of opportunity for all.
Staff help maintain a climate of care and commitment to one another, where individuals are valued, feel safe and have their achievements celebrated.
We pride ourselves on supporting students with special needs or talents, and provide mentoring, counselling and guidance for students and families in order to remove barriers to success.
City of Leeds provides an excellent range of facilities for the use of students and the local community.
The school has fully equipped curriculum areas to help deliver a broad and relevant curriculum.
The school has specialist vocational education areas such as a hair and beauty salon, fully equipped and fitted to a professional standard and a construction and plumbing area.
The school is also attached to the CLC (City Learning Centre) and enjoys the benefits of increased provision for technology based learning.
All this is supplemented by the specialist facilities offered by Primrose High School.
City of Leeds is a thriving school at the hub of its community committed to developing successful citizens for the future.
In our community there are many different cultures; many languages are spoken here and people live and worship in different ways.
We celebrate this variety, and are proud to see this reflected in our school.
Our staff and students are committed to building links with the community and as such are regular contributors to local events.
We work closely with multi agency groups and the City of Leeds facilities are used regularly to support their work.
This support includes hosting inter primary school competitions, dance festivals and ‘Caring Together’ groups.
The school has accumulated many achievements over the years. Here are some of our most recent.
- In February 2007 it was announced that we are in the top ten most improved schools nationally, at Key Stage 3.
- Involved in the BPAP (Raising Black Pupils Achievement Project)
- Students from City of Leeds regularly contribute to local and national drama and dance competitions and in 2006 won the MTV Boom! Music video award.
- We have international links with two schools in the Caribbean.
- In 2005, together with Primrose High School we founded the Central Leeds Learning Federation.
Our school curriculum
As part of the Central Leeds Learning Federation, City of Leeds School provides a curriculum aimed at meeting the needs of individual students.
This is achieved through provision of personalised learning pathways from student entry in Year 7 through to Post-16 education.
Transition classes in Years 7 and 8 help students, who require extra support, to make the sometimes difficult move from the primary classroom to the secondary curriculum.
At Key Stage 3, individual needs are met through the core subjects of Maths, English and Science being taught in ability sets, with the remaining foundation subjects being taught in tutor groups.
The school offers Spanish, French and Urdu as additional languages. In Year 9, students are also offered ‘taster’ vocational courses to enrich and widen their choice of learning pathways at Key Stage 4.
At Key Stage 4 there are 3 main learning pathways, which support individual needs.
As well as providing a wide traditional curriculum of subjects at GCSE and BTEC, the Federation, through strong working relationships with local colleges, can offer a wide range of vocational courses, both within and outside of school.
These include Construction, Hair and Beauty, Motor Vehicle Studies, Emergency Services, Media Studies, Physical Education (linked to Leeds Rhinos), Art and Design (Blenheim College). The school has its own Hair & Beauty Salon and Construction Site.
Post-16, the Federation is able to offer both vocational and academic courses which build upon prior learning at Key Stage 4.
City of Leeds has an inclusion policy aimed at supporting all students. This includes learning mentors, teaching assistants, pastoral support for pupils for whom English is an additional language, working alongside Pastoral Heads of Year to ensure all pupils realise their learning potential.