Leeds City Academy

START at Leeds City Academy

Community Hub opens to life-long learners

On 19th April, Leeds City Academy launched START - A Local Community Hub developed to support parents and carers in the school community. Dozens of families attended the preview event on Wednesday evening, registering and enrolling for courses provided by Leeds City College. 

Leeds City Academy is proud to exist at the heart of city life and is a true International School, with children from all over the world attending. 78% of the Academy’s students speak and learn English as an additional language (EAL). 

Mr Hall, Director of Governors said: “START demonstrates Leeds City Academy’s commitment to learning and self-development in Leeds. We know that one of the greatest influences on pupil achievement is the role of parents and carers in supporting their child. The more we can do to assist families in their own education, the better the outcomes will be for every young person.” 

As part of Leeds City Academy’s vision to become outstanding in three years, the Community Hub will provide classes in IT and English coupled with general support sessions, including translation services. 

Mr Banciu, Hub Coordinator, explains: “We have the long-term goal of providing independence and stability for families through life-long learning. To do this, we provide essential advice services and networking events to ensure that people can sustain themselves with confidence and inspire others to do the same. We are also building a thriving online community for people to share their own advice and experiences at @STARTComHub on Twitter and Facebook.” 

The hub is supported by White Rose Academies Trust staff, student volunteers from The University of Leeds and local business. Fuel For Schools also supports the hub, donating pay-as-you-feel groceries as part of their wider Real Junk Food programme. START also acts a portal to other outstanding support services provided by Leeds City Council, such as local libraries and health clinics. 

Ms Rose adds: “We welcome the support of The White Rose Academies Trust and our sponsor, Leeds City College, for making this crucial provision a reality. The impact START will have on our students’ prospects is limitless; creating skills for life and building long-lasting networks of opportunity for our local community.”

 Click on the video below to see highlights from the evening:


START Community Hub Opening Hours (From 29th April)

Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 5:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

English and IT lessons will be available from 29th April.

Drop-in sessions for help and guidance begin from 3rd May.

For more details about START visit the Community Hub microsite here

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Follow us on Twitter @STARTComHub

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E-mail the Hub Coordinator, Mr Emi Banciu: