CLASSS was formed in 2008 by Anne Williamson and Abdul Jalloh in response to a survey of local schools which indicated a need for an after-school study support service. Mrs Williamson and Mr Jalloh were previously involved with another educational organisation called Chapeltown and Harehills Assisted Learning Computer School (CHALCS), which disbanded in 2007. When CHALCS closed, Mrs Williamson and Mr Jalloh decided to carry on helping children on a voluntary basis by forming another organisation, first called CHESS and later named the Community Leeds After School Study Support (CLASSS). The organisation originally operated at a primary school, but conditions at the school were found to be unsuitable for many parents of the children the organisation was trying to help so the provision was then moved to Technorth, where classes are still held to this day.
We are registered with the Children’s Services Leeds as a Supplementary School and also with the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education from whom we have attained a bronze award.
The 2011 AGM set up a board of Trustees and adopted a new constitution prior to applying to the Charities Commission for registration. CLASSS was awarded charity status in June 2011. The registered charity number is 1144153.