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Temple Learning Academy on track to complete extension

The multi-million-pound extension will include SEN provision and a new learning resource centre

Posted by Hannah Oakman | December 07, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

Leeds-based, all-through free school, Temple Learning Academy (TLA) is in the midst of constructing a new multi-million-pound extension to accommodate its growing student population.

With plans to recruit its first phase of secondary-age pupils in September 2017, the former East Leeds Leisure Centre will see additional facilities being built on site, including SEN (Special Educational Needs) provision, a learning resource centre, MUGA pitch, play areas and a car park and designated drop off areas.

The internal layout of the leisure centre will be significantly reconfigured to create modern teaching accommodation and also make repairs to the building’s façade. The installation of new windows has been commissioned to facilitate a better quality of learning for the pupils and to allow natural light to enter the building.

Contractors ISG are currently working on the window installation, infill walling to the building’s external envelope and carrying out roofing works. Soon to start the decoration works, ISG will then install the ceiling grid after Christmas.

With the construction of the new three-storey steel frame extension well underway, TLA can expect project completion at the end of summer 2017. 

The new build has also had a positive impact on employment in the area, with additional work experience learning opportunities being available for local construction students. 

It’s so exciting to see the school’s new building come to life and great to bring meaning and purpose to this particular building in the heart of the community - Matthew Browne, Co-Principal

  of Temple Learning Academy

Co-Principal Matthew Browne is looking forward to welcoming new students next academic year.

“It’s so exciting to see the school’s new building come to life and great to bring meaning and purpose to this particular building in the heart of the community. 

'In our first year we have gone from strength to strength and we’re so excited to be able to welcome our next wave of pupils to our new home next year. We’re very excited for the future of Temple Learning Academy,” he said.

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