Thursday, 14 August 2014

Early signs suggest another year of A-level success for young people in Leeds

Early signs suggest young people in Leeds will be celebrating again today (14 August) after achieving good grades in their A-level exams.

Leeds City Council is still collecting results from across the city, but early indicators - from around 88 per cent of schools and academies with sixth forms* - show that 83 per cent of students have passed three or more A levels and equivalent qualifications.

The early results also show that across all qualifications at this level, the average ‘grade’ achieved by students in Leeds is equivalent to a ‘C’ and the average points achieved per entry has increased from 209.8 in 2013 to 213 (please see notes).

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services, said:
“I would like congratulate everyone on their achievements which demonstrate their hard work, effort and determination, as well as the high quality of teaching in our schools and colleges.

“Our ambition to be a child friendly city means making sure that all of our children and young people are given the best possible chance of getting the qualifications and skills they need to succeed in the years ahead.”

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services said:
“Once again we are seeing some excellent results across the city. Our young people are leaving school and college with essential skills and qualifications, which will help them to achieve their full potential in life.

“Schools, colleges, parents and carers all play a huge part in young people’s exam successes and they deserve recognition for their support and efforts over the last two years.”

In order to recognise the hard work the young people of Leeds have put in to achieving these results, Leeds City Council has organised a child friendly Leeds ‘well done in your exams’ campaign which starts today to coincide with A level results day and will continue until after GCSE results day (Thursday 21 August), through until the end of August.

As well as ‘well done’ banners around the city, the campaign aims to help signpost young people and their parents to quality information about possible next steps, particularly for those who may not have got the results they expected.

Cllr Blake added:
“We want to ensure our young people know that Leeds is proud of them and here to support them as they make important choices about their future.”

Students who are considering their next steps after A Levels, or would like further information and careers advice can visit Leeds Pathways website at:

The full picture of the overall results in Leeds will be published in the autumn term.

Notes to editors:
*These figures are for maintained schools with sixth forms and academies but do not include colleges, who will be publishing their own results separately.

The points per entry figure is a measurement which demonstrates the quality of grades achieved rather than the number. 210 points equates to a C grade at A Level. The results collected from Leeds schools, so far, show Leeds students have achieved on average 213 points per entry.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 247 4713

Young musical stars of tomorrow set to perform at Leeds Town Hall

Caption: Leeds Town Hall will be hosting a fantastic concert on Saturday showcasing the very best of young musical talent.

The very best of young musical talent is to be showcased in the city this weekend as the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain Under 13’s Orchestra perform at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 16 August.

Trained by top professional musicians, the Under 13’s Orchestra will perform sensational 19th and 20th century works, from Tchaikovsky’s iconic 1812 Overture, to John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen from the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan, and GrofĂ©’s evocative Grand Canyon Suite.

Established in 1978, the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain has gone from strength to strength, building up an international reputation as an outstanding orchestra. The orchestra provides young people with a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship. The Under 13’s Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra for children up to the age of thirteen and offers children a taste of performing in a major UK concert venue.

This evening’s conductor, Roger Clarkson, was appointed Director of Music of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain in 2000. His role includes adjudicating at auditions, selecting music and conducting the orchestras. He is a dedicated musician and has made his career in music through performing and teaching, working in a variety of settings from the RAF Music Services to specialist music schools.

Tickets to see the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain Under 13’s Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall are priced at £18, £15 and £10 (discounts available). To book, call the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or book online at

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain Under 13’s Orchestra to Leeds Town Hall this Saturday, in what promises to be a concert not to be missed.

"A wide range of classical works are set to be played on the night, and this is a great opportunity to see some great stars of the future.

"Tickets for our classical concerts at Leeds Town Hall are always very popular, and we would ask people to book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment."

Notes to editors:

For further information please contact:

Alison Stockwell
Music Officer
Arts Planning Team
Leeds International Concert Season

Tel. 0113 247 8336
Fax. 0113 247 8334
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD
Follow us @LeedsConcerts

Listing information:

Saturday 16 August, 7pm
National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain: Under 13 Orchestra
Leeds Town Hall
Roger Clarkson conductor
Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Williams Hymn to the Fallen
Grofé Sunrise and On The Trail from Grand Canyon Suite
Walton Prelude to Richard III
Tchaikovsky Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
Tickets: £10, £15, £18 (discounts available)
Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Museums and Galleries community team set to showcase work

Caption: Volunteers have played an important part in a number of Museums and Galleries community projects.

The work of Leeds Museums and Galleries in communities across the city is to be showcased in a special exhibition later this week.

As part of the ‘Common Threads’ exhibition set to open tomorrow at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, a range of projects undertaken by the museum services’ assistant community curators with residents, groups, volunteers, families and cultural organisations will be put on display. The team, which was created using the Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum funding, have worked with a number of community groups over the past year on a range of projects, the highlights of which will be on display for the very first time.

Projects included an Object Handling Project where items from the city’s museums were taken to groups that support older people who were able to examine, handle and explore the objects; a gardening project in the community garden in the grounds of Leeds Industrial Museum; and a project with local people to record the personal stories from people and staff that lived and worked for the Gascoigne family on the Lotherton Hall estate.

To launch the exhibition and as a way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped the museum service over the last year a special opening event will be held on 15 August, 4pm-6pm at Leeds Industrial Museum. The exhibition will run from on Friday 15 August 2014 until Friday 29 November.

For more information regarding the ‘Common Threads’ exhibition and other projects that the team will be working on in the future, please visit

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"Our Museums and Galleries team undertake a range of fantastic work with local residents, groups and organisations throughout the year, and as part of the ‘Common Threads’ exhibition this is a great opportunity to see the type of great projects they have been involved in.

"The reaction we have had to our community projects has been really positive, and we are looking forward to delivering more initiatives across the city in the future."

Gabrielle Hamilton, community engagement manager for Leeds Museums and Galleries said:

"The last year has been a really busy time for the team here at Leeds Museums and Galleries and it’s great that we have had the chance to work with so many different people across the city.

"This exhibition will be a chance for us to highlight just some of the projects that we have been involved in over the last year or two and hopefully inspire others to join us in the future."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Museums and Galleries is Leeds City Council’s family of nine museum sites across the city and is responsible for looking after the collections of fine and decorative art, fashion and textiles, industrial and social history, natural science and much more.

As a leading museum service Leeds Museums and Galleries have a regional and national reputation and role, which has brought significant additional funding. They were one of only sixteen museum services to have been awarded Arts Council England (ACE) Major Partner Museum funding for three years from April 2012 - March 2015 which allowed them to complement their core departments with new more outward facing teams including Community Engagement, Volunteering, Partnerships, Fundraising, Digital Media and Audience Development. They have recently received funding which will see them continue their Major Partner Museum status until March 2018.

The exhibition will be held at:
Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds, LS12 2QF
Tel: 0113 378 3173 -Email:
Admission: Adult £3.60, child £1.80, conc £2.90, family ticket £7.60 (includes two adults and up to three children)
Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays), Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578