Creating 1,000 new school places in Leeds
- School will cater for 420 primary and 560 secondary pupils
- Aiming to become an all-through primary and secondary school by 2023
Our team of education experts built Dixons Trinity Academy, providing an all-through primary and secondary school education for the community in the Leeds suburb of Chapeltown.
Covering an area of 40,000 square metres, this 'state of the art' facility caters for 420 primary school pupils and 560 secondary school pupils.
Exemplar learning environment
Dixons Trinity is divided into two parts by the A58 highway. The main north site accommodates the school building itself, plus the main pupil and visitor entrance and playgrounds. On the other side of the road, the south site has car parking, a pupil drop-off zone and sports pitches, which include a 4G all-weather pitch, a games court and a multi-use games area (MUGA).
Spanning the road and linking the two sites is a 26m-long steel vierendeel truss bridge, which connects directly into the school building’s southern elevation at second floor level.
The school first opened in September 2017 in a temporary site, when it took on 30 reception pupils, but aims to be an all-through school by 2023. With a curriculum and approach designed specifically to serve the community of Chapeltown and Harehills in Leeds, the new academy will replicate the success of Dixons Trinity Academy, Bradford, the first secondary free school to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted
During the build, our team carried out a range of community activities including school visits and mock interviews – recently the first class that started at Dixons Trinity Chapeltown in 2017 came and signed their names on the building as they are the first ever class to start and go the full way through the school! (Pictured below).
Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North said:
"It is great to be involved in creating this new school, creating 1000 much needed school places for the local community."
The Department for Education recently found that an estimated 2,497 extra primary school places and 2,287 secondary school places are needed in Leeds by September 2021.