Leeds Jewish Free School

Creative thinking fills a gap in schooling

While Brodetsky Primary School catered for its younger students, Leeds’ Jewish community were eager to provide additional accommodation for the delivery of the national curriculum at secondary level.


This alternative solution provided up-to-the-minute secondary education facilities for 175 pupils


The new state-of-the-art facility provides open-plan teaching spaces, a drama studio, a food technology classroom and upgraded ICT provision. Clever conversion of an external courtyard area allowed for the creation of an internal Learning Resource Centre.

Originally, consideration was given to the full refurbishment of the existing primary school buildings. However, once the requirements for design and food technologies had been assessed, that configuration proved unworkable. Instead, a portion of the existing primary school was demolished to enable construction of a new build element. This alternative solution provided up-to-the-minute secondary education facilities for 175 pupils.

Opened in March 2014, this was the first secondary-level Jewish Free School in the country.

Client:Leeds Jewish Free School
Contractor:Wates Construction
Value:£3.1m
Service: Architecture
Sector: Learning