This week Rachel attended the groundbreaking ceremony at Leeds West Academy, along with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls. Students, teachers and the Director General of the Academy's Sponsor organisation E-ACT, Sir Bruce Liddington, also attended the ceremony.
The ceremony was the first step towards the building of a new, state of art, £30m building which will replace the current building in 2011. The new building has been designed to meet government sustainability and carbon emissions targets and will include state-of-the-art ICT facilities, professional-standard theatre and performance spaces, and brand new sports and fitness equipment which will help provide young people and their local community with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the 21st Century.
Leeds West Academy is the latest Leeds school to be rebuilt as part of the ?250m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project. Leeds BSF will transform 13 of the city’s secondary schools ? a total of five new builds and eight rebuild and refurbishments - to create some of the most advanced learning environments in the country.
Rachel commented, "The new Leeds West Academy building is so exciting for the students, teachers and wider community alike. It is just the latest example of Labour's investment in the future of our young people. I really enjoyed the groundbreaking ceremony, meeting the students, and discussing the plans for schools in Bramley and Leeds West with Secretary of State Ed Balls."
Annette Hall, Principal of the Leeds West Academy, said, “This isn’t just an investment in bricks and mortar, this is in the community and its young people. We believe that Leeds West will be a place which will inspire local young people for generations to come.”