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Extra classroom space for two city secondary schools

Published on Thursday, May 3, 2018


TWO city secondary schools are set to get extra classroom space as part of an ongoing investment in schools’ expansion. 


St Paul’s Catholic School, in Evington, and English Martyrs Catholic School, in Anstey Lane, will get the extra space in time for autumn 2018, to help meet demand.


The work is needed because although a free school – Avanti Fields – is due to open in the autumn, there is some uncertainty over this. The council has a legal duty to ensure every pupil in the city can be offered a secondary school place.


Under the plans, a two-storey modular block will be constructed adjacent to an existing building at St Paul’s. The block will provide four additional classrooms, each with a storeroom.


At English Martyrs, existing rooms will be refurbished and adapted to provide two extra classrooms.  


The changes mean an additional 60 Year 7 places will be available at each of the schools.


In total, the works will cost £787,600. This will include construction, providing fixtures and fittings, and ensuring ICT is in place in the new facilities.


City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We are committed to providing high-quality classrooms for the increasing number of young people in the city. Since 2016, we have earmarked more than £100million to expand our schools.  


“We want to ensure local young people learn at good schools with quality facilities, despite all the uncertainty that is caused by the breaking up of the education system.”


Six other secondary schools are providing temporary accommodation for extra pupils as part of the city council’s investment in schools’ expansion. These are the City of Leicester College, Soar Valley College, Crown Hills Community College, Judgemeadow Community College, Babington Community College and Rushey Mead Academy.


All of these schools – plus English Martyrs and St Paul’s – will also benefit from more permanent expansion projects, with work being carried out in 2018 and 2019.


Fullhurst Community College, in Braunstone, is also undergoing a major £15.8million expansion, which will see its capacity increased from 900 to 1,500 and the creation of a new Year 7 & 8 base on the former Ellesmere College site.