Temple Moor High School

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Temple Moor High School
Motto "Novae mentis templa colimus"
Established 1956
Type Foundation school
Principal Mr Matthew West
Location Field End Grove
Selby Road

West Yorkshire
LS15 0PT
53°47′48″N 1°27′41″W / 53.79654°N 1.46139°W / 53.79654; -1.46139Coordinates: 53°47′48″N 1°27′41″W / 53.79654°N 1.46139°W / 53.79654; -1.46139
Local authority City of Leeds
DfE number 383/4046
DfE URN 108064 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,240
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Rigel, Capella, Sirius, Vega
Publication Tempo (School Magazine/Newsletter)
Website www.tmhs.co.uk

Temple Moor High School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. In recent years, it has received 'Science College' status.[1]


The school was founded in 1956 as Temple Moor Grammar School, a status it retained until 1973. At its inception, the school was male-only. This approach was abandoned as times changed, and the school is currently a mixed gender institution (1992). The school was associated with notable local families, most credibly the DeLacy family, who are recognised in the Temple Newsam area.

The school was built on several old mine shafts, possibly related to the coal mines at Temple Newsam. The mines were only recently rediscovered when constructing the new school building.[citation needed]

On 16 May 2007 construction workers punctured a chlorine tank whilst demolishing the school's disused swimming pool, forcing evacuation of the school.[2]

Temple Moor is the first Leeds school ever to reach the Carnegie Champion Schools Final in its 30-year history.[citation needed]


The School is oversubscribed,[3] and currently has a roll of around 1,240 pupils.

Temple Moor local feeder primary schools are: Temple Newsam Halton Primary School, Crossgates Primary School, Whitkirk Primary School, Colton Primary School, St. Peters Primary School and Austhorpe Primary School.


In its 2013 Ofsted inspection the school was rated as Grade 2 (Good).[4] In recent years, at least 95% of students have achieved GCSE/GNVQs.[citation needed]

House system[edit]

The school's original houses were based on names of local historical families: Manston (red), Scargill (white), Smeaton (yellow) and Irwin (purple). The DeLacy family is associated with Temple Newsam, an estate and country house situated nearby, from which the school derived its name and its Templar Cross emblem.

The House System was reintroduced in 2006-2007 - as part of the school's 50 year anniversary - with the houses named after stars appropriate to the school's Science College specialist status:

House Colour
Rigel      Purple
Capella      Yellow
Sirius      Silver
Vega      Red

Pupils' ties include house colours.


  1. ^ "Hollywood Park Combined Nursery Centre". Ofsted. Archived from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "'Deadly' gas leak at high school". BBC News. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Limited choice for Whitkirk families over alternative school places". Crossgates Today. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Temple Moor High School Science College" (PDF). Ofsted. 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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